Rhythm and Timing On Guitar
A lot of guitar players tell me that they understand guitar music theory, scales and soloing, but they struggle with rhythms and timing. They often ask for advice on developing good rhythm and time. You can improve your rhythm and timing by getting to know the basics of reading music. Learning about note values, rests, time signatures, counting and foot tapping can really help your playing, even if you don’t plan to sight read much. I’d try to get through Mel Bay grades 1, 2 and 3 or something similar. Be sure to use the play-along tracks that are available for the books.
You can also learn the basics of reading rhythms and playing popular strum patterns in my book, Guitar Rhythm and Technique For Dummies.