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How To Play Rhythm Guitar Like Jimi Hendrix

In this video, I show you how to spice up your guitar playing.

You will do this by playing riffs between the chords of a progression. 

These are known as rhythm fills and can be heard in the playing of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and John Mayer to name a few.

Rhythm fills sound great and really lift your rhythm playing to another level.

In this lesson, I show you a couple of key rhythm fills and variations of each.

These fills relate to common chord forms which help you visualise them on the fretboard, making it easy to access them in your playing.

You also learn how to integrate these fills into a chord progression.

Watch the video below to learn more:

Chord Rhythm Fills

Rhythm Fill 1

This first rhythm fill relates to the root 5 bar chord form:

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Rhythm Fill 2

Here is a variation of the first fill:

RhythmGuitarChordFillRoot52CMajor.png

Rhythm Fill 3

Another variation of the original fill:

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Rhythm Fill 4

This rhythm fill relates to the root 6 bar chord form:

RhythmGuitarChordFillRoot611CMajor.png

Rhythm Fill 5

Here is a variation of the previous fill:

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Rhythm Fill 6

Another variation:

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Rhythm Fill Progression 1

The following is an example of combining chord rhythm fills across a simple chord progression in G:

RhythmGuitarChordFillApplicationExample1.png

Rhythm Fill Progression 2

Here is another example of applying the same chord riffs with basic variations applied:

RhythmGuitarChordFillApplicationExample2.png

Learn these cool and creative rhythm guitar techniques and  concepts  

About the author: Simon Candy has conducted masterclasses both internationally and in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia. Specialising in the acoustic guitar, Simon teaches a number of styles including blues, jazz, and rock. He also provides online lessons for acoustic guitar