Rhythm Guitar for Absolute Beginners

Licklibrary.com presents "Rhythm Guitar for Absolute Beginners," a comprehensive DVD course designed to guide novice guitarists through the essential techniques of rhythm guitar playing. This course, taught by Danny Gill, is curated by experienced instructors, is tailored for those starting their musical journey, offering step-by-step instruction in a range of fundamental guitar techniques.

Techniques Covered in "Rhythm Guitar for Absolute Beginners"

Tuning and Understanding Your Guitar

The first step in your guitar journey involves learning how to properly tune your instrument and understanding its various parts. This segment of the DVD offers an in-depth look at each component of the guitar and how they contribute to your playing experience.


  • Ensures your guitar always sounds its best.
  • Builds a strong foundation for future learning.
  • Enhances your understanding of guitar mechanics.

Basic Guitar Picking Techniques

Mastering the art of guitar picking is crucial for any rhythm guitarist. This section teaches various picking methods, helping you develop precision and control.


  • Improves accuracy and speed in playing.
  • Lays the groundwork for more advanced techniques.
  • Increases versatility in different music styles.

Playing Simple Guitar Chords

Learning simple guitar chords is the cornerstone of rhythm guitar playing. This part of the DVD covers major and minor chords, providing a solid base for chord progression and song playing.


  • Enables you to play a wide range of songs.
  • Develops finger strength and dexterity.
  • Fosters an understanding of basic music theory.

Rock Guitar Riffs and Triads

Discover the thrill of playing rock guitar riffs and triads, adding an edge to your playing style. This segment focuses on easy-to-learn riffs that sound impressive.


  • Enhances your ability to create catchy rhythms.
  • Builds confidence in playing and improvisation.
  • Introduces elements of rock music early in your learning.

Strumming Patterns and Techniques

Strumming is a fundamental skill for any rhythm guitarist. This DVD explores various strumming patterns and techniques, teaching you how to bring life to your chord progressions.


  • Provides rhythmic variety to your playing.
  • Helps in understanding rhythm and timing.
  • Makes playing more enjoyable and dynamic.

Power Chords and Barre Chords

Power chords and barre chords add depth and versatility to your guitar playing. This section breaks down these chords, making them easy to understand and play.


  • Expands your chord vocabulary significantly.
  • Offers a gateway to more advanced guitar playing.
  • Increases your ability to play different music genres.

Dominant 7th Chords

Dominant 7th chords bring a unique sound to your rhythm guitar playing. This part of the DVD demystifies these chords, showing how they can enhance your musical expression.


  • Adds a bluesy, soulful sound to your playing.
  • Broadens your understanding of chord structures.
  • Enables more expressive and emotive playing.

Using Backing Tracks

Practicing with backing tracks is an effective way to hone your skills. This DVD includes backing tracks to help you apply the licks and techniques you've learned in a musical context.


  • Provides a realistic playing experience.
  • Improves timing and rhythm.
  • Aids in developing improvisational skills.

Guitar Techniques Used

At the end of the DVD, a comprehensive list of guitar techniques is provided, each linked to detailed explanations on Licklibrary.com. This resource allows you to delve deeper into specific techniques and broaden your skill set.

About The Tutor

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Danny Gill

Danny Gill is, without a doubt, the most loved tutor by our community. With an incredible array of DVDs and web lessons for LickLibrary covering a wide variety of topics all of which he covers with incredible detail, it's no wonder he carries as much respect as he does. As...

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