Prep for Read Rhythm Level 2

We all struggle to play songs and one of the root causes is usually rhythm. As Gershwin sort of said “If you haven’t got rhythm, you’ve got nothing”. This extended online lesson reviews our level 1 course as preparation for level 2 course.



This lesson reviews Read Rhythm Level 1 as preparation for our Level 2 course. It’ll be a great revision session for those who have already been on Level 1 (with some new material added in) and is a should-do lesson for anyone coming into this course series for the first time.

Rhythm is the pulse, drive, groove and feel of songs – it’s that one element that gets your foot tapping. An audience would instinctively know if you’ve got it! If you want to play along with others, or simply just improve your own playing, you need rhythm – it’s an essential skill to be able to read it and, as importantly, apply to the guitar.

We’ll look again at counting, Time Signatures, note and rest values and symbols, reading rhythm notation, practising with a metronome and playing some sections of classic songs and their riffs. We’ll also explore listening to rhythm patterns and writing them down. Obviously we’ll be playing the guitar and so, in order to make rhythm real for us guitarists, we’ll be touching on strumming and fingerpicking chords and the underlying strategies for changing chords in time.

Level 2 takes us into new territory but you need to be aware of Level 1 for it make sense as it provides a solid grounding for the two higher levels and should be considered for all player standards (we then move into the intermediate levels).

You should be armed with a metronome for this course –  sorry!

Note: if you’ve already been on Level 1 then there is a reduced fee as you will get some of these materials as part of the Prep materials.

Online course lesson:
One extended lesson, 90 mins long.
Note: these are live, online, interactive group sessions.

Lesson format
We try to layer these lessons so that we cover off the more straight-forward elements early on and gradually build up to the more complex subjects. The bulk of each lesson is teaching (usually with a minimum number of questions taken along the way) but we dedicate the end slot for Q&A. With the lessons being online and being muted you can play along with the tutor in total privacy but unmute at any time to ask questions; if the tutor asks, and you’re so inclined, you can even take a one-on-one coaching session.

Follow-on materials
We’ve always recognised that the real work takes place after a course and so we provide a comprehensive set of materials for home practice; these vary from course to course and can include: additional PDFs, lesson TABs, backing tracks and snippet videos of examples/exercises used during the lesson. Over and above learning the song(s) our objective is to give you the tools to self-improve.

Course suitability
This course is for literally any level (if you can play a few chords then even better – it’s about rhythm). Acoustic, electric and bass players are all welcome (check out our FAQs’ Skill levels and suitable courses).  If you know some basic open chords (or arpeggios on the bass) then you’re good to go. There’s something for everyone in all our courses and the follow-on materials should help in both practising the song as well as understanding and applying any techniques and relevant theory covered.

Call us for a chat at any time
Whatever level you are, you’ll have lots of takeaways to work on later. If you’d like to go through the course please call or email.

Our courses are not only there to:

  • walk you through you how to play songs
  • demonstrate techniques
  • explain really useful theory

but to also challenge you a little and give you great things to work on in your own time. Don’t expect to nail a whole song or be able to fully use a technique or completely understand a bit of practical theory on the course; be patient and diligently work through the material at home.


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