Playing good rhythm guitar is a must if you ever want to be a part of a band. It isn’t as sexy as the lead guitar, but it’s an essential component of any great song. Learning rhythm guitar is a great place to start as it will give you a solid foundation in basic chords and develop your ability to break a song down into its components.

We’ve put together a list of 12 songs that are going to build up your rhythm guitar chops, and we’ve even thrown in the tabs. Practice these, and if you need a little boost be sure to check out Laurence Juber’s Guitaristics: Rhythm.

1. Paradise City – Guns n’ Roses

Guitar Tabs for “Paradise City”

2. Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple

Guitar Tabs for “Smoke on the Water”

3. Sister Morphine – Rolling Stones

Guitar Tabs for “Sister Morphine”

4. Black Betty – Ram Jam

Guitar Tabs for “Black Betty”

5. I Hate Myself for Loving You – Joan Jett

Guitar Tabs for “I Hate Myself for Loving You”

6. The Only Exception – Paramore

Guitar Tabs for “The Only Exception”

7. Pinball Wizard – The Who

Guitar Tabs for “Pinball Wizard”

8. Into the Void – Black Sabbath

Guitar Tabs for “Into the Void”

9. Back in Black – AC/DC

Guitar Tabs for “Back in Black”

10. Revolution – The Beatles

Guitar Tabs for “Revolution”

11. Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes

Guitar Tabs for “Blister in the Sun”

12. You Really Got Me – The Kinks

Guitar Tabs for “You Really Got Me”

Now it’s time to get to practicing. If you want to learn Rhythm Guitar from Wings’ guitarist Laurence Juber, be sure to pre-order Guitaristics: Rhythm now to get 25% off with promo code JUBER25. Check out the intro below to see what you’re in for: