Being able to play in different beat subdivisions is a HUGE part of playing and soloing effectively…

After all, you only have two things to work with, the order of the notes, and the rhythms!

Wanna see how you can improve quickly? Grab your metronome and get ready to count along with me…

    17 replies to "Practicing For Better Rhythm In Solos…"

    • Eduard Heerdink

      Thanks for this lesson.
      How important is to have good playable guitar.

    • Bill Wilson

      Hey Griff
      I fooled around with this last night and it started to feel “Holy Graily”. Once I felt comfortable with the Pentatonic, I started counting my riffs the same way. I realize in the land of Griff, that’s a big Duh – of course, haven’t you paid any attention at all? But the revelation came to me as I played riffs I’d played a thousand times and found it easy to count, even necessary to count while I experimented going from straight eighths to swung and back and tried to count bends and tweedlies and slides etc. I realized that for a sound to be music, it has to be played in direct (numeric) relation to the beat. Amazing!

    • bogie

      How do you count 16 th note triplets ?

      • Griff

        That depends a little on the feel. I wouldn’t worry too much about it unless your time on 1/8th note triplets and sixteenths is pretty amazing.

        I usually use 1-uh-trip-uh-let-uh to count 6 notes in a beat (1/16th note triplets.)

        • Tony


          The reason counting out loud works is simple. The more senses you put into learning the more you learn and the faster you learn and the longer you retain what you learned

          Tony From Miami FLorida

    • chris clemans

      This will really help alot. Its definitely going to get me counting better and improve my soloing.

    • Gary

      Looks like Rythm and strumming mastery is it

    • BigAl

      As always good and useful information Griff. Thanks. BTW the new album is great.

      • Gary

        Really good stuff Griff. Which of your dvds would you recommend to learn the counting and timing. It’s my weakest learning curve in music
        Thank you

        • Griff

          The ones that are most counting intensive are the technique ones – Pentatonic Scale And Technique Mastery, as well as Blues Speed Building Blocks and Classic Rock Speed Builders.

      • Gary

        Really good Griff. Thank you

    • John FENTON

      Thanks for explaining this so well.
      It is with out a doubt the most important lesson for any musician.

    • Juan Luis

      Wish I had watched this lesson 25 years ago!!

    • Michael McKenzie

      Hey Griff,

      I really enjoyed that video. It’s something I’ve been avoiding for a long time and kidding myself that I can always just feel the subdivisions.

      I wondered if you would recommend any of your courses that develops this type of thing further? I have the all access subscription so I have option paralysis a little!

      Thanks a lot

      • Hamco

        Pentatonic Scales & Rhythm Mastery, Strumming And Rhythm Mastery

      • Griff

        Pentatonic Scale & Technique Mastery gets into this a lot with scales and patterns, much like I did in this video. Strumming And Rhythm Mastery uses chords and strumming, but is still very rhythm oriented.

        • Michael McKenzie

          Thanks a lot guys. Digging into those now!

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