Watch the Typical Chord Voicings online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Focus On: British Blues
I know we spend a lot of time working on our lead playing as guitar players. As a result we've overlooked the rhythm guitar playing, which of course happens way more than the lead playing. I'll tell you that I get as much satisfaction laying down a good groove with the guys as I do ripping a good solo, really! It may not be as glamorous but it's really fun finding the groove and locking in with the other musicians. There are so many aspects to this but primarily it's about looking and listening. I am always looking at the other musicians when I'm playing, especially at a rehearsal. This eye contact and interaction helps develop the musical connection that is essential to any good performance. I'm also always listening of course! I pay very close attention to the drummer—where is he placing the kick and snare? Am I locked in with him? Then I'll focus on what the bass player is doing. Hopefully at first those two will be ignoring you and locking in with each other. Often times the guitar is just the window dressing, there to make it pretty or dirty depending on the tune! When I think about that it makes me play differently and I let them do the heavy lifting!