This is perhaps the single most important aspect of understanding rhythm and rhythmic guitar playing. One must remember that any instrument is to a certain degree a “percussion” instrument, and that it’s the constant and unrelenting rhythm of the right hand that determines the true sound of the rhythm lick, and that also carries over into the lead fills and licks as well.
It is then up to a well-coordinated left hand to pick and choose through judicious dampening and “squeezing” to determine exactly what will finally be heard or not heard. Believe me, this is the only way to really get your body into the instrument. Of course, this is also applicable whether you are playing in a band or solo context.
This technique will be illustrated through several great and classic patterns and runs during this lesson, and of course, the visuals will really help you to understand this sophisticated style; one that almost can’t be written — only watched, heard, and learned. Thanks to this lesson, you’ll also be able to add that all-important “drummer” to your one-man band!—Arlen Roth