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Watch the What We Are: Rhythm 1 online guitar lesson by Trey Alexander from Quantum Rock

This rhythm is a punky hard rock riff. It was influenced by Rush and was one of the first songs that our band recorded. I want you to think of really raw guitar sounds for this. This rhythm is going to show you how to really rock it out and let your hair down. It also has some nice riff ideas that go along with the main rhythm. You will notice in the first section I play a small riff that copies the bassist in the pick up measure and most of the chords that I play for this have the two high strings ringing open. This effect really adds a nice hard rock edge to the sound. Some of my favorite guitar riffs were very simple but were played with a lot of aggression and feel. Don’t be afraid to really dig in on this one and beat the guitar up a little bit. It can definitely handle it.