The most important skill to improve for recording better guitar parts is rhythm guitar. A lot of players do not improve this skill and end up wasting tons of time and money in the studio. When you improve your rhythm guitar playing, your recordings begin sounding professional.

To make excellent records using perfect rhythm guitar playing, you need to train and master various skills. Here is a list of some of the skills you need to work on:

Keeping The Notes Of All Chords Perfectly Stable

To develop this skill you need to train so that you are able to consistently pick each note in a chord with the same pick attack. This is critical when recording the same part over two or more tracks.

Palm Muting To Get Rid Of All Unwanted String Noise

Having musical recordings that are overwhelmed with unwanted string noise sounds terrible. Eliminating this noise means developing a palm muting technique that uses both the picking hand and the fretting hand to clean your playing up.

Palm Muting Consistently For All Tracks

To palm mute consistently, you need to mute on the same part of the string and with equal pressure in your picking hand every time. A lot of guitar players do not mute consistently. This occurs frequently because they either aren’t aware of this skill or don’t practice it enough to perform it well.

Playing The Same Rhythm Guitar Part Many Times Without Mistakes

Many guitarists struggle to play with a great deal of consistency in their overall guitar playing. They are not used to playing the same musical phrase or riff many times in a row without making mistakes. However, you must be able to do this in a recording situation, otherwise you waste time and money re-doing the same lick over and over.

Playing In Perfect Time

Being able to play in perfect time with the percussion and bass is key for any rhythm guitar part. Doing this requires becoming locked-in with the beat so that the rhythm part you are performing seems to disappear. To get good at this, you must practice recording yourself while making sure not to get ahead of/behind the beat.

Discover more about how to develop these skills by checking out this column about improving rhythm guitar playing.

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