What’s the Best Way to Count Sixteenth Notes? A Rhythm Guitar Tutorial

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For many guitar players, understanding and performing 16th note rhythms can be tricky and sometimes downright confusing.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way.

Once you understand some simple concepts, you will understand how 16th notes really work. Then with a bit of practice, you will be able to easily master them on your guitar.

In this tutorial, we will cover the basics of counting and performing sixteenth notes.

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Playing Rhythm Guitar: Understanding Triplets Part 3

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Now it’s time to jump into some chord progressions that use triplets.

We will use a popular chord progression that you have probably heard in many early rock songs.

The chord progression is known as a I-VI-IV-V chord progression.

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Playing Rhythm Guitar: Basics Part 11 – Counting Rhythms Revisited or a Simple Trick to More Accurate Time Keeping

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In this tutorial, we look at how to determine the best way to count rhythms in a piece of guitar music.

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Playing Rhythm Guitar: Basics Part 9 – Strumming Eighth Note Chord Progressions


Now that you are familiar with the basics of countingstrumming and tapping your foot in time with eighth notes, we can turn our attention to some fun chord progressions that use eighth notes.

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Playing Rhythm Guitar: Basics Part 8 – How to Strum Eighth Notes on Guitar


How to Strum Eighth Note Patterns

For whole noteshalf notes and quarter notes, the down-stroke is usually used.

To play eighth notes, we will use a combination of down-strokes and up-strokes.

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