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4:4 all down rhythm (Guitar Lesson BC-116) Guitar for beginners Stage 1

November 16, 2019

Hi, how’re you doing? Justin here again and in this little lesson we’re gonna be starting our discussion of rhythm. We’ve already looked at chords and changing between chords and all sorts of stuff, now it’s time to understand a little bit about
how we play them. Now, the first thing that I wanna talk about
is a thing called a bar and it’s not the place that we all like to go to to get a good beer, it’s a musical bar. And in musical bars you find a thing called beats and the thing that we need to get together first is the idea that all the music we’re gonna look at in this course has four beats in a bar. Really simple, that’s what, all you have to know really for now is that there are four beats in the bar and that four beats are gonna take for us downstrums. And we would count them “1,2,3,4”. I’m sure you’ve heard that before, people like drummers that are beginning their songs like “1,2,3,4” and then the band starts. Now, most music is in 4/4 time which means that we count to 4 in the bar and that there are four beats in it. There are other sorts. The most common one is 3/4 which is where you have three beats in the bar where you would have like “1,2,3, 1,2,3, 1,2,3”. Kinda sounds like a waltz ’cause waltzes are in 3/4. We’re not looking at waltzes – we’re way too cool for that. So, we’re just gonna be looking at kinda pop music, basic music, that’s got four beats in the bar. Really important. So, I want you to have a little look at the diagram for a bar now which is probably gonna appear on the screen somewhere. Probably below my head which shows four beats in a bar. Now, one beat is one of the kinda little notehead with a line on it. and that would be referred to as a beat. and that’s counted “1,2,3 and 4” and we’re gonna use downstrums for all of them. So what we’re after now is, as we’d follow along with that, the one bar, we’re just gonna be playing – I’m gonna play an E chord now and I want you to play an E chord along with me. You’re just gonna…you’d be having kind of… uh…I’m gonna give you what’s called…I need to explain this first, sorry! Rewind a bit… Ok, now I’m gonna explain this little thing about the count-in. So whenever we’re gonna play a little chord progression together, I’m gonna count you “3,4” in. Now, we know there’s four beats in the bar, so after this “3,4” we know we’re back to “1”. So, if we’re gonna just be playing this E chord along together now, I’m gonna go “3,4” and when we do the “1”, we’d all play together. So, get your E chord up, get ready to have a little bit of a play-along. We’re just gonna get used to this idea of the beats-in-a-bar-thing, right? So, we got an E chord, are you ready? Are you holding your pick right? When you’re ready we’re just gonna be doing downstrums on beats 1,2,3 and 4. That’s it. That’s all I want you to do. So, here we go: 3,4,1,2,3,4 next bar: 1,2,3,4 and now we’d be on to the next bar: 2,3,4 and 1,2,3,4 keep it going, nice and even, 2,3,4 et cetera. It’s really straight forward but you need to get used to this idea of counting “1,2,3,4” as you strum along. Really, really important. We are gonna be doing stuff a lot harder than that. We’re gonna be making that rhythm sound really, really cool, but please, right at this early stage, stick to this really, really über-simple strumming. I know it sounds a bit beginnery but I promise you, it’ll mean that your rhythm gets really, really, really good. If you stick to the plan, you stick to the simple strumming, you get your chord changes good, and then suddenly I introduce the cool strumming patterns and you can make those chord changes, it will sound wicked! I promise! So, please stick to this über-simple strumming, counting as you go along “1,2,3,4”. It is really simple, it’s supposed to be. That’s the idea. The other thing that you need to get from this lesson is this idea of me counting a “3, 4” in before we start because the next lesson we’re gonna be checking out common chord sequences and also songs. So we need to be able to go “3, 4” and we start playing at the same time. It’s a really, really common thing. Sometimes people count like “1, 2, 3, 4” and then you start. It’s a little bit long-winded for me. I kinda get bored in between the 1 and the 4. So, for me it’s a little bit easier to go “3,4” and then we start playing at the same time. OK, hopefully, that’ll give you a bit of an understandig of this really basic element of rhythm.


  • Reply samljer July 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm


  • Reply IamTheDanger July 17, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Just played my first song EVER, after 4 days of practice. Justin from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU. Keep up the good work! 

  • Reply Uso Indevido October 13, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    When i can i will donate! Promise!

  • Reply Giuliano A January 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    You're awesome dude!

  • Reply SanjiCooking January 13, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    where is part 2?

  • Reply Motivation Box March 31, 2015 at 7:00 am


  • Reply shahrukh_95 April 25, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Amazing tutorial! Justin you are a really good teacher (y)

  • Reply BUTT HURTZ July 27, 2015 at 10:06 am


  • Reply Rocky December 11, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Do I need to play the beginner songs along with these lessons?

  • Reply Miri Petriti January 10, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Thank you very much for your lessons!!! Very usefull and very nice explained, well done!!!

  • Reply anu sathya January 16, 2016 at 11:51 am

    You could also use the metronome app but very well explained

  • Reply Natasha S. February 13, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    My husband said my playing has improved substantially since your lessons!
    Thank you for your awesomeness in teaching!

  • Reply mike whelan April 5, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    he says' hi hay you doing ' all the time

  • Reply deerslayer110 April 21, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    there are no words to express my feelings of gratitude towards you … im from sri lanka and learning the guitar by myself.. your lessons improved me a lot ..

  • Reply Aidan McCluskey July 7, 2016 at 3:40 am

    i cant stop watching what you do at 1:25 😂

  • Reply jerome alba September 12, 2016 at 4:46 am

    i love your videos.. it's very helpful for beginners like me.. 🙂

  • Reply tony n October 19, 2016 at 7:50 am

    you look young here mate..

  • Reply Tristan Clendenin October 21, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    if you reply daddy to this comment i will upload a video of me breaking a guitar over my friends head

  • Reply Kelsey Ann December 31, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    You're so cute and helpful it hurts me.

  • Reply Hook7872 January 3, 2017 at 2:31 am

    You have a great gift for teaching. You are helping me enjoy learning without feeling like it's a chore. Really having fun with this. Thank you brother!!

  • Reply Rachel Mao March 16, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    It's really helpful.. Thank you Justin

  • Reply Alin Sarrafi March 20, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    You magnificent Justin.

  • Reply Joe MacDonald March 24, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    hen you explained about bars and counting in you said e chord and showed on your guitar to play an e chord but the bar in the description showed D CHORD. YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHANGE THAT. Otherwise your videos are a great way to learn.

  • Reply Amit Dikkar April 7, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Can someone please share links to BC-117 and BC-118 lessons?

  • Reply garrett scoggins April 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Thank you Justin this is so helpful, man this is great, i have been at this one week and I'm feeling good,

  • Reply itlog ni marvin small May 8, 2017 at 2:40 am

    How many months does Stage 1 need?

  • Reply Exzavior Williams May 12, 2017 at 1:41 am

    idk why im watching this, i know how to read music very well as i play trombone piano and drums…

  • Reply 【yan】 June 10, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Lots of love from Australia!! Your website is SO helpful and I'm on my way to learning the guitar. 😀

  • Reply andrew ghouri August 10, 2017 at 8:24 am

    justin you really are a good teacher you have make me learn guitar in a very good sequence you really use very easy methods and teach them in very nicely thank you bro when in listen to you videos its like that someone of my own is teaching me telling me that its right its wrong do like this do like that. thank you very much bro

  • Reply longrod mchugendong August 23, 2017 at 4:16 am

    thank you so much nearest instructor is 40 minutes away you are awesome

  • Reply socko October 2, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    bless you man

  • Reply sarthak gupta October 22, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    u r the best teacher.
    i wasted 7000 rs (100 dollars) on my guitar classes and he didn't even taught me anything .
    but u are awesome

  • Reply sarthak gupta October 22, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    anyone else watching these lessons in 2017

  • Reply PhantomLuisYT December 7, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Wait LEMME REWIND blubupupupblup

  • Reply Pantastico De Niro December 29, 2017 at 6:07 am

    uhhh . . . it's hard to understand this one

  • Reply albino santos January 20, 2018 at 10:46 am

    God bless you Justin,,,I just start to learn guitar. thanks

  • Reply Farah Izzah January 25, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    im in love

  • Reply Farah Izzah January 25, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    i fucking died when he rewind himself 😂

  • Reply Lisa Beeson February 8, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    I'am new to the guitar and have an electric one, I have started from the beginning and now I can play cords D,A &  E all there is to do now is be quick, so one min change here I come. Thank you so much .

  • Reply Lloyd SINGURA March 9, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    GREAT teacher for people like me with zero guitar knowledge. Thanks Justine

  • Reply BadgerLovingFluffster May 14, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Pretty sure Waltz is 3:3 not 3:4 😉 – But yeah, nice lessons. Thanks

  • Reply ester sy May 20, 2018 at 6:55 am

    learning a lot from you, aside from enjoying your sense of humor

  • Reply Franck Yan May 21, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Hello teacher Justin, You are a great teacher who looks like a younger, sober, George Michael who has a decent girlfriend and absolutely no Asbo 🙂

  • Reply HeartFully Beauty July 4, 2018 at 3:04 am

    Thank you !!

  • Reply Steven Fry July 20, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    odd looking D, but I'm gme

  • Reply Sam Daniele August 27, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    This guy is the best most thoughtful/ smart/ enthusiastic / clever/ understanding teacher there is!..
    I was gonna write. "Just the best teacher there is; But as I started writing I thought of all the Reasons WHY- HE IS!// GOD BLESS U JUSTIN & THANKU -& U R VERY APPRICIATED !!

  • Reply ryan tan September 26, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Hey Justin! Really thank you mate

  • Reply Craig Schray October 13, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Just purchased the beginner's course Bundle Pack about two days ago…!
    Can't wait till it ships….!
    Thank you Justin

  • Reply Laura Hillard October 15, 2018 at 1:11 am

    You’re the best teacher even Justin! Thanks for being realistic about where to start! You’re the best!

  • Reply Mikasa Ackerman December 1, 2018 at 7:13 am

    im really doing my best to learn coz i want to play a guitar for my mom this upcoming xmas, thank you!!!!!

  • Reply Amrh Idrs January 14, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Why does it feel like I'm being taught by Captain America XD

  • Reply Cheryl Fox January 21, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you Justin, this is the pace I need and you are explaining it all so very well. I'm also learning from home. I've just learnt to play the Ukulele in 2 weeks (10 lessons in 2 weeks and a lot of fun on a cruise ship), albeit a bit scrappy but; the guitar is my passion to learn and I will learn it even if it's a slow process. Thank you so much for your patience.

  • Reply michael norman February 11, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Too cool to waltz bro

  • Reply Sam Daniele March 30, 2019 at 4:39 am

    Lol "I KINDA GET BORED BETWEEN THE 1 AND THE 4!" He says! )..
    See!? Even the best of us have a – short attention span! HA! 🙂 'Bless u Justin' -for these lessons ! , U got no idea!; I been playing electric guitar for 4 years now & ive never had any lessons, & ive only ever been sitting practicing lead arrangements/
    Even tough u say " its simple " , I need these basic teachings And its hard, even though Ive been playing for 4 so years….
    , I only just realised a 2months ago that lead arrangement, doesn't have much chords innit & proper chord technique is EXACTLY what is missing for me,
    I've obviously gone about learning backwards , I kno all the technical stuff eg, bends/hammer ons/ tapping/palm muting etc etc , but not the simple strumming patterns theory etc so from the bottom of my heart I thank u TREMENDOUSLY AS I KNOW this is going to improve my playing 10 fold…
    Soery for such a long msg hope u dont get bord reading it!/ HA!
    & seriously "; bless u again! -POSITIVE VIBES I SEND TO U FROM annemarie

  • Reply NicoRourke April 22, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Might be a stupid question, but on the diagram it shows a ‘D’ but we’re here playing ‘E’ chords – my question is: the diagram is just an example? Or does the D refers to something else (indicating a beat for example)?

  • Reply Natalia Savini-Fuentes May 26, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Easy to lern

  • Reply Natalia Savini-Fuentes May 26, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    To easy

  • Reply choochoochooseyou May 29, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Just noticed my beginner guitar is exactly the same as the one behind you. Or a cheap copy of 😂

  • Reply Wayne Kümmerts June 14, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    You're amazing Justin!

  • Reply Fatt Philosopher July 6, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Was anyone else charmed like a snake by Justin's head movements?

  • Reply shadow assasin October 1, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Where is bc-117?

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