Watch the Rhythm Lab: Rock & Funk online guitar lesson by Jon Finn from Rhythm Lab: Rock & Funk

Hi, I'm Jon Finn. Welcome to Rhythm Lab: Rock & Funk! Let's face it. If you spend anytime working in a band, most of your time will be spent playing rhythm guitar. Good bands want good rhythm guitar players. Oh and by the way, the best lead guitarists have a great sense of rhythm. So improving your rhythm improves all aspects of your playing.

Generally speaking, many rock grooves are based on 8th note rhythms, while many funk grooves are based on 16th note rhythms. This course will show you the mechanics for how 8th note and 16th note rhythms work. You'll play your way through a series of examples and performance studies that feature the most commonly used patterns in rock and funk. By the end of this course, you'll have a deeper understanding of how these rhythms work. Better yet, you'll learn how to make up your own rhythms and never be at a loss to come up with the perfect rhythm for any of the songs you play.

I've organized this Rhythm Lab into three sections. In the first section, we'll dig into straight eighth note rhythm patterns and displacements. In the second section, we'll move into sixteenth note territory. Here, we'll work through some of the many accents, displacements and combinations available to you. Finally in the third section, we'll work through five real-world performance studies.

Along with each of the examples and performance studies, you'll have standard notation, tablature, and all the backing tracks to work with on your own. You can also loop or slow down any of the performances to work the contents at your own pace. Grab your guitar, and let's get started!