80/20 Guitar Part Two: Minimal Practice for Maximum Results

80/20 Guitar Diagram


I. 80% of your practice time leads to 20% of your total progress on the guitar.
II. 20% of your practice time leads to 80% of your total progress on the guitar.

Believe it or not, you can get more results playing the guitar with less effort in the practice room! I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true once you understand and apply one key principle: the 80/20 Rule.

In this guitar lesson for beginners, we’ll review the 80/20 Rule and combine the ultimate 80/20 guitar shape—moveable power chords—with one must know rhythm for rock guitar, so you can play any chord progression or any song ever written! 

What is the 80/20 Rule?

The 80/20 Rule is commonly referred to as Pareto’s Principle, after the man who first observed it.  While in his garden, Pareto discovered 20% of the peapods in his garden contained 80% of the peas. In his landmark paper published in 1896, Cours de Ecomonique, Pareto showed that 80% of the land was owned by 20% of the people. In subsequent investigations, Pareto later discovered a similar income distribution across a variety of the world’s economies.

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The Ultimate 80/20 Guitar Chord 

In 80/20 Guitar Part One, you learned about the ultimate 80/20 guitar chord: the moveable power chord. Consisting of just two notes, moveable power chords are the warp and woof of rock guitar because they’re easy to play and they capture the rage and fury of rock guitar when you add distortion.

Root 5 Moveable Power Chord (C5) 

B5 Power Chord

*Why root 5? Because your index finger plays the root note on the 5th string.

One Must Know Rhythm for Rock Guitar

If you want to play your favorite songs on guitar or play guitar in a rock band, you’ll need to have some basic rhythm patterns under your fingers. The dotted quarter note is one of my favorite rhythmic patterns for guitar because it’s fun to play, it fits any style or genre of music, and it’s funky as a bag of used gym socks!

E5, D5, A5 Moveable Power Chords + Dotted Quarter Note Rhythmic Pattern





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