The importance of having solid rhythm guitar skills cannot be understated. After all, guitar players are playing rhythm guitar the vast majority of the time — it's the skill that gets you the gig, and keeps you the gig.
Johnny Hiland’s world-renown guitar wizardry is naturally focused on his soloing prowess but his secret sauce as a pro musician is all about his outstanding rhythm guitar chops.
“90% of the time, students who come to me want my chickin pickin' licks, but really what’s most important is being able to play solid rhythm guitar — its what drives the music, inspires the band and keeps the audience on their feet. In this rhythm edition of my Ten Gallon Guitar series, I’ll show you all of my favorite go-to rhythm guitar approaches classic country, modern country, western swing, some bluegrass, some blues and even some good ol’ rock and roll.”
Johnny organized this Rhythm edition into two sections. In the first section, Johnny presents 10 essential rhythm guitar concepts and techniques: Simple Fills & Bass Movement, Bluegrass Inspired Techniques, Chord Position Options, Working Man Style Techniques, Fingerpicking Techniques, Rockabilly Style Techniques, Western Swing Techniques, Country Shuffle Techniques, Funk & Blues Techniques and Modern Country Techniques.
In the second section, Johnny shows you how to apply all of the key concepts and techniques from the first section across 10 stylized performance studies, in a variety of keys, tempos and feels: Bluegrass in A, Chickin Pickin in A, Rockabilly in E, Country Shuffle in D, Fingerpicking in D, Blues Shuffle in B, Funky in C, Rockin’ in A, Modern Country in C, and Western Swing in G.
Johnny demonstrates over rhythm tracks and then breaks them down by stepping you through the key concepts, techniques and creative approaches that he used to perform the rhythm guitar part in the performance study.
All of the key examples and performances are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can play, loop and/or slow down the tab and notation as you work through the lessons. Plus, Johnny generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar, throw on your boots, and let’s get to work on our rhythm chops with Johnny Hiland!