There once was a time when lead guitar was everything and the rhythm guitarist in the band didn't really matter in the overall mix. The slot was usually filled by somebody's brother or a bud of the band who also happened to have a van. Those days are long gone (no matter how cool your van may be).
Today, it's all about rhythm guitar. You're simply not getting the gig unless you have solid rhythm guitar chops, and you won't develop those chops without excellent guidance and some serious shed time. We can't be there to lock you in your practice studio, but Jennifer Batten will over-deliver the excellent guidance requirement with Rock Sauce: Rhythm Guitar.
Jennifer is extraordinarily diverse, creative and talented. She played rhythm and lead guitar on Michael Jackson's Bad, Dangerous and History world tours. She played lead and rhythm guitar for three years in Jeff Beck's band. She performed and recorded with dozens of other top artists and has released three of her own albums to critical acclaim. She is an amazing multi-media artist pioneering a new school of musical performance. Jennifer is also the consummate educator and the proof is in the pudding right here in Rock Sauce: Rhythm Guitar.
Jennifer's highly enlightening interactive curriculum for rock rhythm guitar is organized into two sections. In the first section, she steps you through 21 essential concepts and techniques: Chord Scales, Interval Shapes, Understanding Your Role, Dynamics, Strumming, Single Line Comping, Power Chords, Fingerpicking Patterns, Pick and Fingers Combined, Funk Skanking, Chordal Capo Technique, Chords: Natural Harmonics, Harmonics & Notes, Tapping Harmonics, Permutating History, Hand Separation, Partial Chords, Gaining Stage Experience, Personality Nuance, Groove and Adding Effects.
In the second section, you will work through 14 rhythm guitar studies that Jennifer prepared, which apply all of the concepts and techniques presented in the first section: 4th Chords, Permutations, Fingerpicking with Moving Bass, Arpeggiated Chords, Power Chords and Riffs, Upbeat Chips, Reggae Style Upbeat Chips, Question & Answer, Percussive Tapping, Pick & Fingers, Building a Section, Natural Harmonics Groove, Whammy Bar and Combining Techniques.
Each of the rhythm studies are presented with their own jam tracks. Jennifer first performs the rhythm part and then breaks the part down section-by-section, technique-by-technique. You will then work with the jam tracks to learn the part as written and performed (it's all tabbed and notated) and then apply the concepts and techniques to craft your own rhythm parts.
Jennifer's Rock Sauce: Rhythm Guitar goes way beyond revealing the underlying infrastructure of her own signature style -- she unlocks the code for contemporary rock rhythm guitar itself with a framework of concepts and techniques that you will draw on and create with as you craft your own signature style.
Grab your guitar, hit the shed and pour the sauce on!