Watch the Sixteenth Note Rhythm online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Guitar Lab: Solid Strumming
Now we delve into 16th note rhythms. 16th notes get one quarter beat and are counted as follows: 1 e and a 2 e and a 3 e and a 4 e and a. Practice counting this out loud in a strict even rhythm with a metronome at various tempos. I am of the opinion that if you can count a rhythm with authority, you will be able to play that rhythm with authority. By adhering to a strict picking regimen of down on the number, up on the e, down on the and, and up on the a, you will be able to play any combination of 16th notes, eighth notes, dotted eighth notes, and interspersed rests that you may encounter.
This lesson focuses on four different one beat rhythmic figures. They are: four 16th notes to a beat, and eighth note and two 16th notes, two 16th notes and an eighth note, and a 16th note-1/8 note-16th note combination.