Watch the African Rain: 1 online guitar lesson by Tony Smotherman from World Rock Guitar

Setting up a rhythmic structure is really important to set the pace and feel of any piece. In this performance you'll notice we set the structure by heavily palm muting the chord progression to give it an almost percussive sound. Our backing track contains only 3 chords, which are G major, C major, and D major. Palm mute hard on these chords and arpeggiate them rather than strum to make them sound percussive. Play the lower octave melody first and then the same melody an octave up.