In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn several rhythm ideas in the Motown / soul style. Lots of rhythm fill lick ideas in this one that you can connect back to basic chord shapes, so that you can play them in any key.
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I think nipper needs to go over your left shoulder. Great rhythm lesson………..again!
Love it again. Home run.
Max N says
love this type of playing, your explanations are great too:)
Robert M says
I’m hearing Jamaican reggae in this!
Joshua B says
Aussie Rick says
Really enjoying this week’s and last week’s rhythm lessons, thanks Brian. Many great takeaways to improve rhythm playing and become a more complete guitar player. Great stuff.
Robert Burlin says
OH MY! I wish I could express how fortunate I feel to be learning these things from you Brian. Way Cool!
George I says
Yeah! What Robi said!
Andre H says
Awesome. Last week some soul rhythm licks, now making a right turn to Motown. Love it!
Dick S says
So what does Arlo think of Nipper? I like the new background a lot. A pink tele!?!?
It’s got a great doo wop chord progression vibe, which I love. Many Thanks Brian
Charles W says
Brian, you showed us how to pick fruit from the trees (chord shapes). This is hours of fun.
brian b says
I like your 1970’s lifestyle background.
donald d says
hi brian, great lesson. after playing again for these past 4 mos i came to realize my rythm playing was woefully lacking. thats why this type of lesson is so important. thanks again. don
Klaus N says
Brian, this is pure gold! Last week’s lessen was right down my alley and this week it’s no different! Please keep those rhythm & fill lessons in different styles coming! Greetings from the Old Continent, Klaus
Jim M says
Brian, these rhythm ideas really strike a chord with me.
Michael Allen says
I need these rhythm focussed lessons because that’s an area where I need a lot of work. I love the lesson and the guitar. I was born and lived there for over 50 yrs so I’m proud that a local builder created another guitar you can’t live without
David L says
Reminds me of some of the early Beatles songs.
Raymond P says
Another great lesson Brian. Don’t change a thing. Your teaching techniques and detailed explanations are informative and refreshing. I learn something new every week.
I hope you feel better soon.
Bradley B says
Yes, please keep it coming in all styles. I’m not that great at lead yet but these rhythm lessons are helping and making more since to me on becoming a better lead player as well. So thank you so much for these rhythm lessons, so much fun to learn!!
Jeff Davis says
These last two lessons are exactly what I needed. I have been studying the CAGED system for a while and feel pretty comfortable with the scales and chord shapes, but this is what I need to begin to tie it together musically. Thanks so much, your lessons are awesome!
This and the previous lesson is the stuff you can’t really grasp from books and sometimes even tabs , you have to see how it’s done using partial chords ( not full ) and hand finger economics . Great stuff Brian this is proper playing the way the pros do it The trick really is knowing the progression and being able to know how to play or find the chords in its different formats around the neck and play off that i guess you can’t beat knowing CAGED .
Alan S says
Great Jobt. That’s what I’m looking for. Look forward to more motown songs like this one
San Luis Rey says
Thanks for another great lesson Brian! These rhythm and fills are such an important part of playing guitar. You are connecting the dots with the chord progressions and giving us options on where to go with it. This will be a really cool week to explore some things!
David S says
Brian, You hit the nail on the head again.These are fun lessons.Easy to learn watching you as you explain how to’s.Much easier than just tab.Thanks for making lessons easier and fun.Now seeing things come together.Easier for seniors to learn also.Thanks for all you do. David
John B says
Brian, These last 2 lessons have targeted what I think are my weak links. I was a drummer in my younger years and thought I had pretty good rhythm. On the guitar I struggle and these two lessons really target that and the caged system. Thanks. I’m starting to grow parasites all over me. :-))
Steve M says
Loving the rhythm emphasis. I sorta know Terry Haggerty and his significant other told me he’s so good because of all the time and effort he put int rhythm.
John D says
Keep these great R and B and soul rhythm lessons coming Brian. They really help with the right fills when playing behind a vocalist or another guitar player. Playing off the chord shapes and moving the shapes around the neck is invaluable to us all! Great work!!
James G says
Love the Lesson!! Classic vintage and great guitar Brian!
Enjoyed this lesson. Beautiful rosewood fingerboard on that guitar.
Love it. Lots of takeaways to help rhythm playing and licks. This is very good follow up to last week lesson.
Am I the only person who was hearing reggae here?
Robert Burlin says
Felt the reggae groove from the very start.
Skankin for sure!
Jay Guitarman says
Rich stuff! This is for me probably one of the greatest lessons I learned, because every chord is repeated only with two different licks attached to it… So you don’t have to remember the entire lesson! In addition, I found some very useful stuff from the previous lesson. Hopefully we get one last one of this type of rhythm playing. Thanks Brian for these good explanations. The puzzle pieces start to fit each other the more I practice these tricks.
Hayley J. H says
This is really wonderful, had huge fun learning. Had loads of fun last week, too! Thank you.
David S says
Brian, One of the best examples of these type of lessons playing different chord inversions up and down neck which is what you’ve been teaching us is on youtube Last Train To Clarksville by Louie Shelton.When I saw this it made me know how important what you have been teaching us.He is playing G to F chord Up and down neck.Thanks again for being such a good teacher,and by the way he is playing a tele thru a Fender Super reverb amp only. David
sumant k says
This is such a joy to just see you play Brian 🙂
I became a premium member few moments ago. Hoping to have a great time here…
Thank you for putting this all together.
[email protected] says
Great stuff thank you wondering if you can help me get a telecaster like yours
When printing the pdf, I get a large top margin on the first page and don’t get bars 22-24 printed, second page is fine. I’ve pulled my hair out going over printer properties, etc. comparing to previous lessons that have had no issues. Brian, please advise whether this is just me, or if there is an issue with the document. Thanks, WarrenB
Printing issues are usually always a result of the source you’re printing from (i.e. the browser) – Try using a different browser – I always recommend Google Chrome or Firefox. Otherwise you can download the PDF file and print from Adobe Reader (which is free software)
Have printed both from Chrome and Adobe Reader, same result. Even restarted computer no diff,. No issues re-printing previous pdfs from either. Just something about this pdf I can’t figure out.
Correction, same for re-printing previous pdfs which tells me it’s a local issue, not a document issue. Sorry for the trouble Brian.
Michael Gorges says
This kind of reminds me of surf music from the 60s. Could you do a variation lesson of these last two and a surf kind of vibe?
real nice lessons rythm infused lead..very useful for jams etc..thanks
BRENDAN G says
Andy N says
Just got back from hols to find not one, but two rhythm lessons waiting! Happy days 🙂
The more I learn, the more I finding rhythm playing like this great fun to learn and play.
In fact, keeping a rhythm/groove going while keeping it interesting with variations and fills has been a personal goal for a while now, so both this lesson and EP324 are right up my street.
As you say, there are more goodies in here than I can absorb in one go. As with most of the lessons, I try to pick one or two nuggets to really get into.
John T says
Not sure if you got this comment so I’m resending.
I am having trouble adding song to the Favorites section. Any tips?
Also as a big Dire straits fan, I really enjoyed Lesson 318. Can you please do another Lesson in that style – soulful expressive but not super technical.
Davie d says
Love it Brian! I learn so much from you! Love learning the song, but learning to look at the chord structures and how they can be used! Thanks for focusing on rhythm rather than just licks! Been working on rhythm for the past year and your videos have taught me so much!!
Great lesson. It’s lessons let this that are the reason why your site is the only one I’ve become a paid member of. Love the way you break it all down and present the information. Thank you.
Good intro explaining how important rhythm is and nice tele tone..going to start this tonight!
john m says
love your lessons Brian
Please get rid of the tech hitch on the onscreen tab viewer.
when you select a piece to loop it’s never in exact time.
is it not possible?
try using a a different browser (Google Chrome or Firefox)
Bob F says
Simply awesome!! I’ve heard it said that when the student is read the teacher appears…or something like that. So many light bulbs going off it’s wonderfully blinding! Love the way you teach/explain/connect. A gift you have…
david b says
name of fellow who built your guitar?
Anthony H says
It’s a brilliant lesson for me as I’m a long time Tamla fan. However, did I have trouble getting the basic rhythm timing right and, the timing of some parts of the lead elements – oh yes. Please keep explaining on every lesson how everything is put together. I’m a dreadful detail man and you are helping me so much in my understanding and technique. Playing some of your compositions really makes me have to concentrate so much on finger placement accuracy. Great stuff, thank you Brian.
James S says
Where’s the vid where you talk about the guitar? Curious what pups you chose, thanks!
David S says
I hear parts of Dream Lover in this!!! Holy Charmin