MASTERING COMPLEX RHYTHMS

Masterclass with Textures guitarist, Bart Hennephof

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  • FREE Backing Track

    Get the backing track’s for the track ‘The Great Fire’ for FREE so you can play along with the isolated tracks for Andy, Bart or the complete rhythm backing OR no rhythm in the backing at all so you can learn all the riffs and play along with Andy and Bart’s parts over the top!

  • PDF Tab Booklet

    Grab the PDF Booklet containing the complete notation of ‘The Great Fire’ with separate notations for the entire rhythm parts, Bart’s section and Andy’s solos. All in an easy to download PDF booklet (also comes with the Guitar Pro files).

1. Rhythm Introduction: Awareness of the beat

This video starts off with an insight that has helped me a lot in my sense of timing & groove, and that is:

To always have a physical pulse going on while playing. Preferably as much as possible, but at least while practicing. Read More

2. The Matrix

This is a system I have developed for guitar players; it’s a system that you might have seen before, mostly used by drummers, because it’s all about rhythm. On guitar, you can apply it in multiple ways; on different strings, different shapes, and you can even apply it to any scales for example. But for the first overview we stick to the 4 note system, and 3 note system. I chose the most easy “scale” to do this: the chromatic scale. Read More

3. Patterns: Melodic

Iconic riffs & their use of patterns

  • Exercise 1: 3 notes & variations
  • Exercise 2: 6 notes & switching strings as a variation. Add hammer-ons, pull-offs & bends.
  • Exercise 3: Chord progression based on 3 accents. Lead guitar variations based on the same 3 accents.
  • Exercise 4: Canon in D.This is a clear example of melodic pattern use. The rhythm is set: 4 notes. The movement is set: 4 notes only go up. And with that, he explores the D major key.
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4. Patterns Part 2: Rhythmic patterns

  • AC/DC Back in Black, Barracuda, Kashmir
  • Korn
  • Deftones
  • Meshuggah

Textures riffs with patterns:

  • 3.1 Polars riff (long pattern)
  • 3.2 Surreal state of enlightenment (simple pattern that lasts long)

5. Muting techniques: Guitar Ghost Notes

Textures

  • 5.1 Awake riff
  • 5.2 Swandive - guitar ghost notes
  • 5.3 Regenesis main riff 1 3 2 3 2 2
  • 5.4 Regenesis 2nd 123 123 123
  • 5.5 Millstone intro
  • 5.6 To Erase a Lifetime riff

6. Polyrhythms: Part 1: Introduction to Polyrhythms

Polyrhythms are used a lot in progressive music, but also in commercial music you see it more and more. It’s a cool way to spice up some otherwise generic riffs, melodies or chord progressions.
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7. Polyrhythms Part 2: Exercises with drums & guitar: Switch between the 2 polyrhythms

If you get to understand the concept of polyrhythms, the best way to practice them, is to switch between the 2 rhythms while playing. Try to tap along with your foot, or count along loud, to really be aware of which rhythms are happening while you play.

  • 3 against 2, and 2 against 3
  • 4 against 3, and 3 against 4
  • 5 against 4, and 4 against 5

8. Quintuplets: How to use quintuplets in a creative way

Quintuplets tend to sound super technical right away, and for a lot of people it sounds impossible to play. I’ll show you how you can create some versions where it doesn’t feel like that. There are tons of ways to apply this, let’s go through a few ones that I like to use.

Textures riffs using quintuplets:
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9. Textures riffs with Polyrhythms

Denying Gravity: intro shivering sleep: 3 against 2
This one is not a beginners polyrhythm, but it’s cool to see what’s possible with these crazy variations. This riff switches between the 2 rhythms all the time. It’s a nice brain teaser!

Oceans Collide - triplets & 3 against 4
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10. The Matrix: Reloaded

Using the Matrix with counter rhythms / polyrhythmics

Remember the Matrix? These exercises take it to the next level! Applying a backing track which has triplets, to the exercise where you are busy with mainly groups of 4 notes, will end up in a polyrhythm! A great way to trick the mind, and get at ease with polyrhythms some more.
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