Guitar Noise Podcast #19 – Anticipations, Rests and Dynamics


Hello to all!

Our nineteenth Guitar Noise Podcast, just up online a few days now, gives us an introduction to some very important strumming techniques – anticipation, dynamics, and (believe it or not) using rests as part of a strumming pattern.

We begin with an explanation of anticipation and how using it easily fits in with all that we’ve learned about strumming so far. Then we add rests and dynamics to a basic pattern to make it sound a lot less generic and a lot more like “real music.”

Finally, we follow a very simple exercise of emphasizing the upstrokes when we play to make our use of anticipation more natural and, hopefully, get you through all the problem points.

As always, I’ll be walking you step by step through the lesson. And, as always, please let us know what you think.


About David Hodge

Since joining Guitar Noise in November 1999, David has written over a thousand articles, lessons, interviews and reviews. He also serves as the site's Managing Editor, supervising all content in addition to the continued writing of his own lessons and articles. In April 2013, David joined the writing staff of, heading up their Guitar Pages. And if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, David contributes to regularly Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He is also the author of six instructional books, the most recent being Idiot’s Guide: Playing Guitar.

Comments [5]

  1. Great way to make counting time interesting and pleasant to the ears!

  2. Dave,
    Great podcast, i’m up to #7. I just had my first real lesson with an instructor – he’s not so much an instructor as someone that’s really good at blues and willing to try teaching it. I’m totally lacking in string and chord theory, and thought those would make good topics for a couple podcasts. What makes a 7 a 7 and a 9 a 9? How do i figure out the 1st,2nd… strings of each chord? And why are they in that order? And as far as blues goes why does a 1-4-5 sound so good, and what variations are there? And do you have any tricks/exercises/ditties with barre chords that will smarten up my fingers? I can imagine some of this stuff might not be well suited for a podcast, what other resources / books do you recommend to learn this sort of stuff. Keep up the great work, i really appreciate it.

  3. As a struggling advanced beginner getting tired of my instructor demonstrating stuff that was two years beyond me, I tried your podcasts. Really great. I was able to go over the lessons several times, not just once. I am cross picking “Bojangles” well, also “Streets of Laredo”.

    How about a beautiful gospel or Christian song like “Just a closer walk with thee”

    My rating of your web site? Give me more, give me more, give me more. What else can I say?

    Thanks David

  4. I am 50 years old and restarting at guitar after about a 30 year vacation. I found this website when I was searching the net for some simple tab songs. I stumbled onto your lessons then I looked at one of your podcasts. What a wealth of information to find. Thanks so much for all the work and sharing that you have on your website.

    • Hi Brad

      Thank you for writing and thank you as well for your kind words concerning both Guitar Noise and our Podcast series.

      Things have been more than a little hectic at home for a bit but I’m hoping that we can start back in making more podcasts very soon. So hopefully you’ll get even more material to work with!

      Looking forward to chatting with you again.


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