Watch the Ridin' That Train: Rhythm 2 online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Jam Night Vol. 3
The smaller chord voicings employed serve to clear out the sonic landscape, leaving space for the other instruments. Also, small-voiced rhythm parts like these can also emulate a keyboard or horn part. I begin with a standard C chord voicing on the top four strings in eighth position, followed by a first inversion F/A played on the inside four strings in 10th position. Quick hammers and pulls with the pinkie fill out the picture, and then the descending doublestops in thirds harmonize the bass figure. In the subsequent section, I utilize muted-string accents on the downbeats to help drive the beat of the song, and this contrasts well the the chordal arpeggiations that end the figure.