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How is the best way to learn rhythm guitar without taking lessons?

  1. hotwebideas profile image75
    hotwebideasposted 5 years ago

    How is the best way to learn rhythm guitar without taking lessons?

    I have a piano player for almost 40 years (and sax player for almost 35) and have a rock band with an awesome guitarist. I am now interested in playing rhythm guitar, but do not want to take lessons. I know a few chords, but not enough to call myself a guitarist. I am looking to learn fairly quickly.

    Some questions I have: 1. Is it better to learn the regular fretted chords or bar chords? 2. Are there any hubs, websites, or YouTube videos that can teach experienced musicians?

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    guitartunershopposted 5 years ago

    Hi there, the regular chords are more common to start off with and the bar chords usually come later. It really depends on your style of playing. I would just get a sense of playing 4/4 with the chords you have and then move onto other chords. Practice changing in between each chord fluently. Bar chords come when you feel confident about finger strength. Hope that helps.

  3. JasonL99 profile image60
    JasonL99posted 5 years ago

    In the long run barre chords will give you more flexibility, however it's fine to start out with open chords - and if you use a capo you'll pretty much be able to play anything you need to.

    As you clearly already have a solid theoretical understanding of music, I would suggest the best approach (and the one I took when I started) is to get yourself some chord charts and practice the fingering and chord changes.

    Once you have the basics, then start finding more and more challenging songs to play along with.

    If you search for "guitar chords" on youtube.com you'll find thousands of free videos to help.

  4. TheLifeExperiment profile image58
    TheLifeExperimentposted 5 years ago

    I really like ultimate-guitar.com, you can type in any song and most songs have links for both tabs and rhythm. It shows you when to change chords, and if you don't recognize a chord, hover over it with your mouse and it shows you how to do it. I've used the site for a long, long time!

  5. suzanno profile image74
    suzannoposted 5 years ago

    you can buy books on guitar tutorial , even take guitar lessons in youtube.  then by practice you can improve.