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Watch the Hard Rock Survival Guide: Rhythm online guitar lesson by Angus Clark from Hard Rock Survival Guide: Rhythm

Hello and welcome to the Hard Rock Survival Guide Rhythm Edition. I'm really excited to be doing my first Survival Guide for TrueFire. We gave a lot of thought to how to make this as universally appealing as possible while also making it personal to what I'm really good at. We decided to focus on fundamentals, and to that end we are taking a pan-decade approach to Hard Rock. What does that mean? It means that we're focusing on rock that has an edge to it, all the way from the 60's to the '90's, the present and beyond.

In all examples, we're really examining a fundamental of music and how to execute it on the guitar: From fundamental rhythmic subdivisions to fundamental harmony, from fundamental picking and strumming to the fundamentals of keeping your guitar sounding in tune. Along the way we'll explore the nuance and flair that rock demands of a guitarist: Using gain and volume for dramatic effect, muting and pinch harmonics, pick slides and everything else that made you want to strap on a guitar in the first place.

As for my personal take on all of this, you'll get the benefit of my 20 years as a working guitarist who's played on stages around the world. Everything I demonstrate in this course is based on a real world need to deliver the goods on a gig. That's it. There is no disconnect between the fundamentals and the execution. These are the skills that are employed by guitarists on records that have sold millions of copies. You can master them. Do it.