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Watch the Eighth Note Rhythm online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Guitar Lab: Solid Strumming

This lesson deals with eighth note rhythm. Eighth notes are twice as fast as the quarter notes because they ring half as long. Straight eighths are counted one and two and three and four and. We'll adhere to a basic rule at first, up down on the number and up on the and. This will be strict alternate picking.

In the video you will see how I address some up stroke exercises to help you get relaxed and accurate. Only pick two or three strings on your up strokes. Be sure to practice all string groups to develop your accuracy and variety in the texture of your chords.