How To Play Rhythm Of The Rain On GuitarPosted by Mike Schumacher
A rhythm is any pattern or sequence of notes that occur at a specific speed and are repeated consistently. There are many types of rhythms, such as syncopated, dotted, tritone (or augmented), half note, whole note, etc.
You can use one of these types of rhythms in a song anywhere there’s space for it to fit. For example, you could have a rhythmic figure spanning across several measures and then break off into another section without disrupting the flow of the music.
In this article, I will teach you how to play what I call the “Rhythm of the Rain” on guitar! This technique uses two short eighth-notes together to create a long empty pause.
The timing of this rhythm is slightly difficult to grasp at first, but don’t worry – I will walk you through the basics here! Then, we will move onto more advanced versions of this technique so that you can truly master the art of playing rain on your instrument.
Good luck and enjoy learning how to play the rhythm of the rain on your guitar! If you need help while practicing, feel free to check out our practice routines page where you can find tips and tricks for improving your skills.
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Practice playing along with the recording
The second way to play this song is by listening to the rhythm track and then translating that into your own guitar music. This can be done in two different ways. You can either use a computer program or you can use a device such as a drum pad or bass pedal to help you learn how to play the guitar part.
With a computer, there are many apps out there that have the same concept for practicing. Find one that has a good sound quality and put the lyrics in place so that you can practice learning the parts separately.
The hardest part about this method is deciding which chords go together in each verse and what notes go into each line. That will depend on where the musician who wrote the song placed the accents (notes) in their writing.
Learn the song’s key
In the next section, we will be diving into how to play what is known as an ascending scale. An ascending scale is when you go up in steps or levels within a note. With this technique, your first note will start with either one full step (a whole number increase), two half steps (half a step increase) or three quarter steps (one-third of a step increase).
The easiest way to understand these types of changes is by using the notes A as our starting point. The A string has a natural resting length where it does not need any pressure applied onto it to sound its lowest pitch. By taking away the cushion that element gives us, we have to use more strength to make it resonate.
That extra push requires more tension which then demands more force from your hand to hold the guitar properly. This goes against the nature of the instrument and can hurt at times!
By learning how to play an ascending scale on the guitar, you get rid of that need for strong pressures because the notes already have that built in momentum. Technically speaking, those songs use parallel scales which are also considered ascending.
There are many different ways to learn how to play an ascending scale on the guitar. Some stick to one type of change while others mix it up and blend them together to create their own style.
Learn the chord progressions
Chord progressions are one of the most important things to know as a guitarist. They play an integral role in many types of songs, including rhythm guitar parts!
A chord progression is a chain of chords that get repeated or transitioned into other chords. For example, the classic song “Happy Birthday” uses the ABABCDC (or power-chord) structure twice. In the first part, it goes from A -> Bb -> C -> D-> E7(#5). Then it repeats with A -> Bb -> C -> D-> Gsus4 -> Fm6 -> Am.
This type of progression can be applied to any genre, time period, or even song type. It does not have to be totally off the wall like this example! Many musicians use them frequently in music.
Knowing how to play some simple ones is very helpful for aspiring players. Luckily, there are few easy ones to learn! Two of my favorites are the alternating bass line pattern and the sixteenth note triplet.
These patterns will always work no matter what style of music you are playing! That makes them great building blocks to add onto your arsenal.
What about timing?
That is another key factor when practicing these patterns.
Learn the song’s rhythm
The next step is to learn the song’s rhythm! This means figuring out how many steps there are in each bar, as well as determining what note is being held for every beat.
There are some really simple songs that use very complex rhythms at times. Therefore, don’t worry about having the most perfect timing all the time. Instead, focus more on learning the music theory behind the lyrics and how this relates to the guitar.
For example, if you’re trying to play What Is Love? then you should know that the first line is said slowly and emphatically with an A tonality. To play these off chords effectively, your fingers need to be moving quickly in the right position.
You can also look into which notes get marked as rests and whether or not they are natural or flat. These things will help you determine the best place to put your hands while playing the guitar.
Figure out the song’s time signature
A quick way to determine the rhythm is by looking at the number in parentheses next to the word “And” in the first line of the song. This information is in the second part of the verse or main riff!
In the case of this song, the meter is 4/4 (or common timing) so the song would go: 1, 2, 3, 4 – and then the rest of the notes are as stated before.
Learn to read chord charts
Chords are one of the most important building blocks in music. There are twelve major chords (also known as root, scale, or tonic chords) that you can use in almost any song!
Reading chord charts is something every guitarist should know how to do at least halfway well. With just a few basics, you’ll be able to identify which notes go into what chords, and where each note fits within the chart.
There are several ways to learn this basic skill. You could pick someone’s rhythm guitar tab, find an online video teaching you the same thing, or even take some time to play through a couple songs using only given chords.
Any of these methods will get you close enough so your songs won’t sound like everyone else’s! Once you have that down, then you can start mixing and matching chords and figuring out new tricks with them.
Learn to sing along
The second part of how to play rhythm of the rain is by learning to sing along with it! This can be done slowly or quickly, depending on your speed in singing and playing guitar at the same time.
By now you’ve learned some basic chords and how to strum patterns so that you can create your own music! It’s very easy to do this when you know what notes are being played in each chord and how to play them as a beginner guitarist.
But there is another way to learn how to play rhythm of the rain – by singing it! By listening to the song and putting those sounds into an appropriate pattern, you will have mastered the technique!
And while you may not get paid much for practicing this skill, you will feel more confident in your abilities and knowledge after doing it.
Practice using a metronome
A very helpful tool in mastering any instrument is having a regular practice schedule. For music, this usually means learning how to play a song or piece starting from the main theme or rhythm pattern.
The hardest part about playing the rhythm pattern you already know is figuring out when it should be repeated and which notes should go inside the pattern. This is where a good timing/metronome comes into play!
A metronome is an auditory stimulus that helps regulate timing. By setting the device up for some amount of time and then listening as the clock ticks away, it becomes clear when there is not enough time left and you have to start the timer over again.
This can help teach your hands when they need to move onto the next note in a sequence or what key to use in a scale.
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