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Great Course Materials

52 videos lessons. Nearly every lesson has as an accompanying PDF. Reading those PDFs alone will give you a great education on Rhythm. Easy to follow and professionally designed.

Advanced Players Too!

This course is for you too! Although the early lessons may sound simple and basic, they rapidly advance to a point that will catapult your learning. You'll develop a sense of rhythm that is tied to your body.

Beginners Welcome!

Only basic skills required to start this course. Do you have a guitar? Do you know how to hold it? Can you play a couple of chords? You're on the internet, right?

By the Time You're Done...

You'll be able to understand rhythm. You'll be able to read it. You'll be able to write it. You'll be able to play along with people in a rhythmic fashion. You'll understand the traditional sense of time signature and meter.

  • Keith M

    “I wish I had all this information earlier in life but I’m definitely getting a lot out of this course now. I really want to nail down my rhythm playing and, based on what I’ve seen so far, this course will help me get there.” - Keith M

  • Nathan

    “I cannot stress enough how much this course is needed in the guitar community! There are so many people in the guitar teaching community who don’t teach this stuff, which is a disservice to guitar players. I’m only on lesson 1, but that alone-plus looking at what’s ahead-I can already tell that this is going to be good. If you play guitar, or want to play guitar, this is a great course for you.” - Nathan

  • Peter

    “I am only up to lesson 10, but this is already the most useful course I have ever taken! No-one ever teaches the concepts of Rhythm. For most, Rhythm is the thing you do while waiting do do your solo. But it is the rhythm that makes the music. No teacher ever showed me the options to strum or accent the guitar, and what that has to do with rhythm patterns. Thank you Jake!.” - Peter

What's Included in the Rhythm Guitar Course?

I’m offering this course on the honor system. It is well worth the price of a college course, or many months of in-person lessons with a qualified instructor. However, I understand that not everyone can pay those prices. Please pay whatever price you can without financially stressing yourself.




Jake Rhythm



Who is Jake Lizzio?

Signals Music Studio

After performing in highschool bands and talent shows, I began teaching during my Senior Year in highschool at Crystal Lake South in 2004.

I went on to teach at Piano Trends Music Company in Crystal Lake, and there I began expanding my skills outside of just the guitar and began performing for weddings and private events. After leaving to teach privately, I began recording my students and myself.

This hobby eventually turned into a profession after I acquired the experience and equipment needed to produce quality audio and music. My goal now is to provide the highest quality online music lessons available and within reach to all who are interested.



Choose What You Pay

I’m offering this course on the honor system. It is well worth the price of a college course, or many months of in-person lessons with a qualified instructor. However, I understand that not everyone can pay those prices. Please pay whatever price you can without financially stressing yourself.  

If you enjoy the course, please spread the word and tell your friends and family.  Your support keeps these courses and more lessons coming.



The Rhythm Guitar Course Lessons Include:

Videos, PDFs and MP3s to support the following lessons:

  Lesson Topic   Lesson Topic
1 The Basics 27 Sixteenth Notes
2 Exercise – The Basics 28 Using The Hands 2
3 Eighth Notes 29 Dotted Eighth Notes + Tresillo
4 Exercise – Eighth Notes 30 Sixteenth Note Permutations
5 Accents 31 Barre Chords Tips + Advice
6 Downbeats Upbeats Syncopation 32 Muted Strums
7 Exercise- Accents and Syncopation 33 Exercise- Funk Strumming
8 Using The Hands 34 Exercise- Acoustic Guitar Strumming
9 Palm Mutes 35 3/4 and 6/8 Time Signatures
10  Upstrokes + Strumming Technique 36 Rhythmic Relativity / Tempo Markings
11 Changing Chords Faster 37 8th Note Triplet Groupings
12 The Rhythm Grid 38 12/8 and Shuffle Feel
13 Alternate Strumming Technique 39 Compound Meters / Simple Meters 
14 Ties 40 Polymeter and 3 against 4
15 Exercise – Ties 41 Odd Time Signatures
16 Dotted Notes 42 Exercise – Odd Time Signatures
17 Exercise – Dotted Notes 43 Alternative Counting + Konnakol
18 Syncopated Chord Changes 44 Learning Rhythms By Ear
19 Rests  45 Slow Triplets
20 Stacatto, Crescendo, Anacrusis 46 Polyrhythm
21 Exercise- Stacatto, Crescendo, Anacrusis 47 Tuplets
22 Arpeggios 48 32nd notes
23 Playing Off Chord Sheets 49 Metric Modulation
24 Exercise – Playing Off Chord Sheets 50 Truncated Polymeter
25 Playing off Chords + Lyrics 51 Playing To  A Drummer
26 Rhythm For Lead Guitar 52 Rhythm Guitar Outro

Go to my website and create a free account, if you haven’t already, then click on courses and find my rhythm guitar training course. – Jake Lizzio

From there you can enter your own price and begin your studies. This course is actually worth the same amount as any college course or multiple months of real in-person guitar lessons so if you can’t afford that please pay that, I understand that not everybody can afford those rates and I really don’t want to disqualify anybody from learning music just because they don’t have money. So this is the honor system, pay what you can, within reason, without financially stressing yourself.


Additional Testimonials

Being familiar with Jake’s videos, I had very very high expectations of his new course on rhythm. In the interest of full disclosure, I am not very far along in the course work, but Jake is teaching this from the ground up presented in a plain and understandable manner. If you are on the fence about purchasing his course then take my word, as well as the word from others. You will be pleased.


Working Man


2 days into the course and I’m unlocking things that my brain has always stumbled on. Most online teachers ramble through their thoughts with random demos where you pause the video and try to imitate, but these are pro lessons – concise concepts, clear delivery, with exercises prepared and ready to follow along, and handouts for self-study. The kind of teacher I’ve always wanted.


Working Man

Working Man

One of the most imperative yet, mostly underestimated, ignored, and overseen aspects of learning music – Rhythm. Thank you for this course.




I was impressed by all of Jake’s Youtube video. Obviously this course is no different. This is probably the best rhythm course I have ever come across. I already start to feel the progress by exactly following his instructions. Thanks for putting this together.



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