Whether gigging, recording or jamming, guitarists spend 90% of their time playing rhythm guitar parts behind vocalists and other soloists. Having command of a wide range of chord voicings and rhythmic variations is arguably even more vital than being a great soloist. And no one knows this better than Shane Theriot who’s recorded or performed with everyone from the Neville Brothers and Dr. John to Little Feat and Sammy Hagar.
“Guitarists must have a wide variety of fresh and interesting rhythm parts to draw on for any musical situation they might encounter. I’ve handpicked the 30 original rhythm parts in this course to give you a versatile collection of funk, rock, R&B, gospel and soul grooves to work into your rhythm vocabulary.”
Shane’s 30 Mojo rhythms deliver triple bang for your musical buck. Firstly, they will indeed expand your rhythmic vocabulary, which will be a treat to you audience’s ear and put a smile on your fellow band-members’ faces. Secondly, pretty much all of them are ideal fresh-sounding vamps to call up in any jam. And thirdly, each can be used as a framework for composing you own material.
“We’ll work on a snakey, slinky groove that incorporates lots of slides and double stops, and gritty call-and-response ideas over traditional second line grooves. I’ll show you quirky and catchy riffs that use lots of half step bends and open strings.
We’ll utilize finger trickery in the lower register over R&B grooves and we’ll explore ways to use voice leading and create parts over melodic chord progressions.
I’ll demonstrate how to incorporate some funky right hand rhythms into heavy rock sounds and breath new life into typical chord shapes by utilizing a few open strings.
Jaco Pastorius played some of the most memorable bass lines ever, and I’ll show you how you can use them on guitar. We’ll work on some catchy ways to apply triad voicings in a gospel context. And we’ll look at several ways we can use simple chord shapes over gritty, fat back grooves.”
Shane demonstrates all of the rhythms over tracks and then breaks them down, stepping you through the key concepts, techniques and creative approaches that he used in the performance example.
All of the rhythms are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can play, loop and/or slow down the tab and notation as you work through the lessons. Plus, Shane generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar and let’s get our mojo working with Shane Theriot!