Guitarist that play rhythm guitar mostly isn’t recognized. You can even ask to those beginner guitarists, if they play in a band, they want to play as lead guitarist, because this position stands out most. However, you need to understand, rhythm guitar position has important role in a band. Their play will connect the lead play, such as vocal and lead guitar, with the back play, such as drum and percussion. Therefore, if your band doesn’t have good rhythm guitar position, the song won’t be able to be delivered perfectly. Now, if you play in this position, here are what you need to be good guitarists for rhythm guitar position.
Music Knowledge and Skill
What you need to do is having good music knowledge and skill. You must understand by your ear and brain, about the chord and how to connect it between each another. To be able to get this kind of understanding, you need to listen to many different song and music. Or, if you can, you also can enter music school, and train your music skill at there. That will give you what you need to be good rhythm guitar player.
Play with The Top Guitarist
Practicing your guitar skill by playing along with top guitarist, like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray, Malcolm Young and other, will help you to understand their great skill in producing the good rhythm sound for their song. Of course, you can’t play with them together. Use their song and learn rhythm guitar from there. They play different genres of song. So, by learning from them, you will be able to play in many different styles, which will help you to play any song in your band.
Your role in a band is almost the same with drum. You will become the position that decides the timing for the song. Use metronome to play different song or play different combination of scale or chord. And, try it in many different BPM. You may need to train this skill for long time, until your rhythm tempo will become automatic and your instinct.
Just remember your play won’t be enough to improve your guitar play. You must record it. Once you record it, you can try to analyze your play, so you can find out what you need to improve. More than that, by recording your play, when you have successfully played amazing rhythm play, you can easily remember it and repeat it. You also need to do this recording session with your band. That way you will understand the whole picture of your play.
Play with Others
Try to play with other guitarist or musician as often as you can. This will train your sense in playing as a group, which is important, because rhythm player will act as the moderator of the song in a band. So, with this sharpened skill, you will be able to be this role perfectly. The last tip is practice and practice. Practice will make your rhythm guitar play better.