In this lesson, find out how using rests
completely changes the sound of a guitar lick!
RESTS are just silent rhythms. Here are the 4
basic types of rests that you will see.
Mute the note before a rest by either laying your left
hand over the strings (PICTURE 1) or
placing your guitar pick on the string (PICTURE
|PICTURE 1||PICTURE 2|
Here are examples of how rests and notes can be used together in
a measure. Learn these rhythms before you try a guitar lick:
Rests add variety and "feel" to a guitar
lick and to all facets of your playing. In each guitar lick below,
a different type of rest is used.
|1. Play the slide exactly like you did on the slide lesson|
|2. Mute the 2nd note of Guitar Lick 1
with your left or right hand
|3. Lick 2 – Mute
the bend at the peak of it
- Practice each guitar lick 3 times in a row (keep a steady
- Practice each guitar lick 3 times in a row with the
- Write out a bend lick
with quarter notes and half notes.
- Create some of your own guitar licks with rests
- Write them using
eighth notes/rests, quarter notes/rests, and half
- After writing a couple of guitar licks, try creating
some on the spot. Count the rhythm out loud as you play.