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Rhythm is a crucial element of all styles of music. Whether you’re talking about rock, blues, bluegrass, jazz, funk, country, folk, or any other style of music, rhythm is what holds everything together. And sometimes - like with reggae and ska, for example - a certain type of rhythm is what defines the style. Rhythm just might be the most important element of music, actually. But unfortunately, rhythm is also one of the most neglected aspects of guitar playing by new guitarists, especially by new guitarists who play solo. When there’s a drummer (or even just another another guitarist) playing along with you, you’ve got someone there to help you keep the beat. But when you’re by yourself, you can “cheat” the rhythm a little. For example, if there’s a difficult chord change, or maybe a hammer-on or pull-off between chords, you may need to slow down to play it correctly, then speed back up when you get past the tough part. Listen: slowing down is fine when you’re first learning how to play songs on your guitar. I encourage it, actually. If something is hard to play, take your time with it. And don’t rush yourself, because as the old saying goes, haste makes waste. If you get in a rush, you’re more likely to mess up, and if you mess up, you’re more likely to just put your guitar down and quit. But listen to this, too: if you have to keep slowing down and speeding back up when you play a song, you’re not going to sound your best when you play… and if you speed up and slow down in a jam session, you’ll fall out of sync with the other musicians PDQ. To sound your best, you have to keep an even rhythm going throughout