How To Develop Excellent Rhythm
This page contains resources to help you develop a range of rhythm skills. Use the audios on this page if you have recently starting working on your strumming, or if you want rhythm tracks to help you build consistency with single note playing, scales and arpeggios. Scroll down to find them straight away, or read on for a recap and tips on how to use them.
The most important thing you need to bear in mind when it comes to building up your strumming skills and your range of strumming patterns is that your arm is going down on each beat/count and coming up in between. In a bar of four, that means you have four downstrokes and four upstrokes = eight possible places in each bar of four where you can make contact with the strings. The consistency of your rhythm comes from your arm moving regularly and articulating the rhythm as a result of which downs and ups you hit, always in the same place in each bar.
Quick recap for note values – a whole note lasts for four beats or one whole bar. This would be, for example, if you strummed a chord and it rang out for the whole bar. It looks like this:
A half note lasts for two beats or half a bar. Two half notes look like this:
A quarter note lasts for one beat or one quarter of a bar. Four quarter notes look like this:
An eighth note lasts for half a beat. Eight eighth notes look like this. This bar describes hitting every single down and every single upstroke for a count of four.