Rock in D Minor - ”This rhythm study is an example of what we might do if we were going to take some of these ideas that we've been working with and put them in a context that sounds closer to a song. What I've done is put together some rhythmic accents, a few displacements, and a simple little chord progression in D minor.”
Clockwork Rhythm Guitar - ”This is the rhythm guitar part for a song on my second full-length CD, Wicked. The song is called "Clockwork", hence the name of the example. There's a classical sounding introduction, and then there's a part where we rock out a little bit, and this is the guitar part that goes along with that section of the tune. There are some parts where there's downbeat accents, other parts with upbeat accents, straight rhythms, syncopated rhythms, and as we go through it, you'll see how that works.”
Outdrive Rhythm Guitar - ”This study is pulled from a tune of mine called Outdrive. This is a raucous tune in A with a bunch of different rhythm patterns, some chords, a couple of different licks, but this is the part of the tune that drives the whole feel of it. It uses a lot of the accent ideas that we've gone over in this course, but put into practice it's a little more complex than what we've done thus far."
Funky Blues Etude No. Two - ”This rhythm study is really just a review of all the 16th note exercises that we have talked about, with the displacement combinations, 16th notes in groups of 3 and 5, and various rhythms that are related to that way of thinking and playing. This is a 12-bar blues form, following a I-IV-V chord progression pretty closely with a few chord variations here and there, but lot's of 16th note strums.”
Funky in F Minor - ”This study was written to demonstrate all the ideas in Section 2 put to use in a more musical context, using a slightly more "rock" approach.”