Hi, I'm Cathy Fink and welcome to Bluegrass Rhythm Handbook.
The rhythm guitar is often taken for granted, but really, that player is the unsung hero of the band. A great rhythm guitar player becomes the glue in a band, offering both a sonic backdrop and a clean, steady bass line.
If you're coming to bluegrass from another style of guitar playing, you'll find new sounds in the basics and nuances of playing bluegrass rhythm. I've listened to bluegrass music for forty years and have learned by listening to others, watching bluegrass guitar players in concerts and festivals, and of course, as the rhythm guitar player in many a band starting in the 1970's. Timing, tone, and finesse are all key to a great bluegrass rhythm guitarist. Of course, these same techniques will give you chops for old-time country music, classic country music, and many folk song as well. Enjoy!