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GUEST,Vixen @ Work Guitar as a Rhythm Instrument (35) RE: Guitar as a Rhythm Instrument 23 Nov 04

*ANOTHER* good one, Jerry!

As Mark Knopfler put it--"he's strictly rhythm, he doesn't want to make it cry or sing"...That's me.

Except that my rhythm isn't very strict, and, actually, I'd love to make it cry *and* sing, but I don't have the skills to do that yet.

Anyway, I find playing an effective rhythm guitar to be quite challenging, actually, and I'm getting enough skill to start to find it fun, instead of white-knuckle anxiety.

One thing sticks in my mind though...two years ago, I saw my long-ago guitar teacher (from whom I learned much) and told him that I was playing rhythm guitar mostly, he said, in what I took to be a disparaging tone, "Ah--just beating on the strings." I was kind of taken aback, and didn't pursue the topic--maybe I just caught him on a bad day. But I wonder how many musicians actually feel that way about rhythm guitar work.

another $0.02...


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