Mythbusting 5: I’ve got no rhythm!

There are many myths about having music lessons and I’m here to bust ’em! Today, the Rhythm is gonna get ya!

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5. I’ve got no rhythm

Ok, here’s the thing. Perhaps your rhythm isn’t great right now. Perhaps when you’re dancing you clear the floor…. because people fear for their safety. Well here’s the good news. It can be taught, practiced and improved. Rhythm is not some innate ability that some people have and some don’t, like rolling your tongue. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that most humans have a basic understanding of rhythm from an early age. The very act of walking requires rhythmic understanding and we have our own in-built metronome: the heart.

I am extremely keen for my students to have good rhythm (it is, after all, one of the most important things in music). Over the years I have developed many useful exercises that are hugely successful in nurturing rhythmic ability. If you’re a Beginner student, it’s important to nurture a solid rhythmic foundation upon which your harmonic skills will be built. And if you’re an Intermediate student, I can almost guarantee that everything you already know can be greatly enhanced by tweaking your knowledge of rhythm.

Having a solid rhythmic base can make simple things sound fantastic. And being a great rhythm guitarist is one of the most underrated, but important, skills to have under your belt. As it says in this great article, “Whatever style of music you play if your rhythm stinks, you stink.

I have helped lots of people overcome their rhythmic barriers so get in touch to find out how I can help you.


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