How To Play Rockin With The Rhythm Of The Rain On GuitarPosted by Mike Schumacher
When it comes down to it, playing guitar is all about music! If you want to pick up the instrument and be able to play something for yourself or others then you have to know how to play some basic songs. Thankfully, we are going to take a look at one such song in this article!
This simple song goes by the name “Rockin’ with the Rhythym of the Rain” and can be learned within an hour. It is also a great beginner level song since nothing too complicated happens. For those looking to move onto more advanced levels, feel free to add the lyrics and learn from there!
Good luck and enjoy being inspired!
Guitarists who understand rhythm will enjoy diving into this song to see what they can create.
Practice playing at a consistent tempo
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A song with lyrics is usually sung or said along with a steady rhythm that we refer to as its meter. For example, in most songs there are three main meters: ime, eighte, and sixteenth notes.
A common way to learn this is by practicing using music that has these meters already set up. By doing so, you will be able to easily match the rhythm and tone of the song and your guitar playing will improve!
Practicing using music with known rhythms can help you gain some knowledge about how to play rock songs with their rhythmic structure. Once you’ve mastered those, you can move onto more complex ones.
But what if I don’t know the rest of the song?
That’s okay! You can just practice timing alone! The best way to do this is to pick a piece that you like and that you’re familiar with (any chord can work), and simply time it correctly!
It doesn’t matter whether the chords go fast or slow, you only have to hit them within the time frame given for each bar.
Keep an open mind when trying new techniques
There are limitless ways to play guitar, and there’s no wrong way to do it! Try out different styles, pick up something new every day, and hone your skills with repetition.
Many beginner musicians get discouraged because they can’t seem to make their songs sound “right.”
This is totally normal! Most people learn how to sing first, then try to apply that technique to playing guitar — and it sometimes comes off kind of weird.
Like singing, writing music takes lots of practice. You have to create and destroy things over and over again before you get good at it. This is what makes artists famous!
But here’s the thing: some things just take more effort to perfect than others.
Use your guitar’s volume control
For the first part of this technique, you will need to use your guitar’s volume control to lower the overall level of sound being produced by the instrument.
Once that is done, you can then increase the bass tone of the guitar to match the rhythm of the rain. The easier way to do this is just to turn up the treble end-of-string effect (the ones with oscillating waves) until it sounds like there are drips coming off the strings. You want to make sure that you only slightly enhance this effect though, otherwise it may not work properly.
Learn to use your pick correctly
Using your pick is an essential part of playing guitar. There are many ways to learn how to use your pick, but one of the easiest is to simply learn how to use your index finger as a hammer.
To play some notes or chords, place your picking hand in position with your middle fingertip hovering over the string just like you would when holding a pen. Then, using your index finger as a hammer, hit the string at a specific spot with enough force to cause it to vibrate. This process is called picking.
The trick is knowing where to put your pick so that it makes the right amount of sound while also having appropriate strength for the note or chord.
Learn to use your thumb correctly
Using your index finger as a major tone bar is great for playing steps in songs like there’s rain outside! But what about when it rains only on the bass? Or how about making heavy rainfall sounds?
Thumb-picking can get very tedious, especially if you need to do it fast for music. Thankfully, using your thumb correctly will take away that hassle!
The trick is learning how to position your thumb properly on each string. You should be able to play without having to reorient or move your hand at all!
So let’s learn some easy guitar chords using our index fingers as tonal bars!
Chord notation: G5 (index 5th) – Bass note (lowest pitch)
Guitar chord structure: Root + fifth = first degree; root + third = second degree; root + fourth = third degree
Guitar chords are made out of three parts: The root, the third, and the fifth. In this case, our root is the middle open string (the one with no dot), so we pick that.
Next, we add the third, which is the next highest open string. For the third, we choose the A string, because it has a nice strong sound. Then we add the fifth, which is the low pitched string right below the bass note. Here, we pick the G string, because it has a cool bluesy quality.
Learn to use your fingers correctly
The next key element in learning how to play rock songs using guitar is knowing when to use which finger or group of fingers to play each note. This article will discuss different types of notes and when to use what fing-
Intermediate players should know about at least three main type of notes: open, closed, and pressed.
Let’s look at an example of an open chord, which is typically done as a beginner because it uses more steps.
As you can see here, there are only two strings that have no fret attached – the first string has a natural (white) third fret, and the second string has a fifth (blue) fretted. These are both considered to be “open” chords, so they create an easy way for you to start playing!
Now, some experts say that beginners should not stick with these open chords, but rather move onto lower pitched ones like minors and sharps.
Learn to play using chords
A lot of people get stuck in a rhythm pattern when playing guitar, which is definitely not good! When you start to learn how to play rock music on guitar, you have to know how to use some basic chords.
Most songs are made up of several different chord patterns that go back and forth between major, minor, or natural (no sharp) notes. These are called harmonic changes.
By learning your chords, you can begin to recognize these harmonic changes and apply them to new songs! Plus, knowing some chords will help you improve your bass line or lead playing.
There are many ways to learn your chords. You could pick one style to study, such as uppercase or lowercase, movable or fixed, etc. What doesn’t matter too much is what position each note goes into; sometimes there’s no set order for those.
What does matter is whether the third degree of the chord is raised by a half step (a flat), whole step (a natural), or double step (a sharp). There are three common shapes used for this chord, and it really doesn’t make any difference which ones you choose unless you are very familiar with a certain shape already!
The best way to learn about chords is to find a beginner book or video on how to read music and figure out what key a song is in.
Learn to use your pedal board
Having a large collection of pedals can be very helpful when learning how to play guitar. However, having too many pedals is not ideal as it may get confusing for you to use them all!
Having a limited number of pedals that you are able to put together in different configurations helps reduce confusion. By limiting yourself to only a few pedals at first, you will have more time to focus on learning how to use each one independently before moving onto the next one.
By using your pedal board efficiently, you can save money by not buying expensive additional pedals that you never use!
There’s no need to buy every fancy foot switch and effect that everyone else has unless you really want them. Some people make lots of money off of their effects, but they take forever to learn how to use them so most people just leave them alone.
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