Watch the Rockin' Rhythm Guitar Guidebook online guitar lesson by Ray Nijenhuis from Rockin' Rhythm Guitar Guidebook

Hi, I'm Ray Nijenhuis and welcome to the Rockin' Rhythm Guitar Guidebook. This course is all about playing rhythm guitar in a rock band in general, but with the main focus on Rick Parfitt's style. We're exploring the concepts and techniques of Parfitt's autodidact brand of rhythm guitar style in order to be incorporated in your own playing.

Rick - who sadly passed away on December 24th, 2016 - was the hard-hitting rhythm machine of the British rock band Status Quo. They were one of the biggest bands in Europe throughout the seventies. Although they never made it big in the US, they had a huge influence on musicians like Brian May of Queen, Dave Edmunds, Jeff Lynne and modern bands like Muse and Metallica. Their classic 70's albums contained an enormous variety of rock styles based on the 12-bar blues shuffle, twin guitar leads, reels & jigs and even stoner-rock.

We'll look at several critical concepts to play in this style: slapback echo simulation, his irregular rhythmic division of a 4/4, his custom low B and open G tunings, various ways of string muting and playing drone riffs. We'll then put these techniques to good use in six original songs. I believe Rick Parfitt is a criminally underrated rhythm guitar player and would like to share some of his unique concepts, approaches and techniques with you. As always, this course comes with backing tracks and tabs for all the key examples. Let's rock!

A note from Ray: "I am very grateful to Rick Parfitt's friend Andrew 'AC' Cremona for the loan of two of Rick's personal guitars: a 1972 Fender and 1982 Schecter telecaster. What an incredible feeling and honor to be playing these iconic instruments which were used extensively on studio recordings and world wide tours from the 70's throughout the 00's. Thank you Andrew!" Rick Parfitt (12th October 1948 - 24th December 2016)