Bart Hennephof 'Creative Rhythm' VIP pre-order

We welcome you to the VIP preorder of Academy new guest artist; Bart Hennephof and his brand new course 'Creative Rhythm'. Over one year in the making, covering 10 in-depth Chapters and just under 4 hours of full HD video material with accompanying PDF booklets, Guitar Pro files and backing tracks.

This is an incredible learning experience and is available for VIP preorder with immediate access to the complete course.

Bart Hennephof is the former guitarist, songwriter & co-producer of Dutch progressive metal band Textures: Pioneers in the genre, they created 5 albums full of modern metal madness. They toured all over the world from 2003 until 2017. They’re known for their use of advanced rhythms; using polyrhythms, syncopation & patterns in epic songs that flow from rock to metal.


Refresh your view on songwriting and rhythm, spice up your own ideas with advanced rhythmics!

Understand any rhythm you hear and be able to analyze it, no matter how complex!

“a step by step tutorial on how to use polyrhythms”

“all the craziest Textures riffs & rhythms explained”

Bart Hennephof: 'Creative Rhythm' Complete Course -  $99


Syncopation & counter rhythms: these are terms you see a lot, but how do you learn this? And how do you apply it in music? These are questions I get a lot, and that’s why I put together this complete course “Creative Rhythm”.

In this course I go through all thinkable aspects of rhythm guitar: starting with some basic exercises by going through all rhythmic note values and their respective triplets, then step by step going into the realm of complex rhythm: from advanced muting techniques, to using syncopation & counter rhythms.  

Understanding complex rhythms is something anyone can train, and I believe it is something anyone can do! With this course I focused on exercises that train your mind; once you really master the first few steps, you can continue with the next steps more easily. Learning a 5 against 4 counter rhythm is something you have to grow into, so you need some discipline, dedication and patience to make this work. Once you get it going, it’s a lot of fun, and the possibilities are endless when you’ve got it into your system!

Applying rhythmic variations into your playing can really spice up your whole style: Using scales that you already master, but giving them a twist rhythmically, can be greatly refreshing! You can apply this in leads and solos, but also in a groove of a song, chord progressions, etc. 

I also go through some iconic riffs from known bands that use syncopation, so you hear how you can apply it in different musical styles. And of course, some of Textures’ craziest riffs & rhythms explained step by step. 

The Matrix exercise is an all-round exercise for left-right hand synchronisation & stamina, and simultaneously creating a rhythmic overview on ALL possible binary permutations of groups of 3 & 4 notes. By the end of the course we go through this system, adding polyrhythmic drums, to train your ear even more. 

All exercises come with tabs: PDF’s & Guitar Pro files, and backing tracks. 


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Read The Full Course Description and Chapter Detail Below:

1. Rhythm Introduction: Awareness of the beat - Running Time: 06:05

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 - Running Time: 12:00

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 - Running Time: 15:26

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 - Running Time: 23:49

  • 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 - Running Time: 22:34


  • 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 - Running Time: 17:22

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.Read More

7. Polyrhythms Part 2: Exercises with drums & guitar: Switch between the 2 polyrhythms - Running Time: 07:56

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 - Running Time: 20:11

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:Read More

9. Textures riffs with Polyrhythms - Running Time: 38:88

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 4Read More

10. The Matrix: Reloaded - Running Time: 09:35

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.Read More

Total running time: 03 hours 54 minutes and 26 seconds

Bart Hennephof: 'Creative Rhythm' Complete Course - $99