Learn 20 essential rock rhythm guitar styles

Rock guitar playing
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The conventional idea of what makes a ‘great’ player is often centred around the expectation of blazing solos and electric guitar pyrotechnics. Of course, experienced guitarists know there’s more to it than that. 

Think of your favourite players. Whoever they are, even if they’re better known for blistering solos, we’d lay odds that they have razor-sharp rhythm guitar skills to match. When it comes to rock music, rhythm playing is a particularly broad church. 

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