Guitar 101 - Mastering Rhythm & Syncopation, Part 3: Triplets and Hemiola

In part 2 I introduced you to 16th notes and demonstrated how to create a variety of funky syncopations by using rests and dotted rhythms, as well as ties. I hope you've been using every transcription and lesson example you come across to practice your rhythm reading and counting skills because doing this will definitely help improve and sharpen your rhythmic sense, no matter what level you're at as a player or what style(s) you're into. Being able to count, read and, most importantly, feel the complex rhythms of today's music is something that requires a bit of practice to become proficient at, so make a point of reading and counting rhythms on a regular basis (15 minutes a day is good!).

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Jimmy Brown

Over the past 30 years, Jimmy Brown has built a reputation as one of the world's finest music educators, through his work as a transcriber and Senior Music Editor for Guitar World magazine and Lessons Editor for its sister publication, Guitar Player. In addition to these roles, Jimmy is also a busy working musician, performing regularly in the greater New York City area. Jimmy earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Performance and Music Management from William Paterson University in 1989. He is also an experienced private guitar teacher and an accomplished writer.