The Essentials of Acoustic Guitar Strumming Patterns
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The Essentials of Acoustic Guitar Strumming Patterns

Learn how to play the 5 most important strumming patterns used in real songs for acoustic and electric guitar.
4.5 (63 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,655 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2017
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Strum like a true pro
  • Learn real songs that use the essential strum patterns
  • Be comfortable playing a variety of different strumming patterns
  • Learn even more strumming essential with our bonus section
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  • A guitar!

Most guitarists suck at strumming. Yes, they are awful.

Why? Bad teachers, bad learning habits and bad information. They are not taught the proper ways to strum, they lack technique, they don`t understand rhythm and worst of all they don`t know that this is holding them back. All this all leads to a LOT of wasted years with the guitar and a lack of confidence when they are playing and strumming it.

Using our video lessons, supplementary guide and killer bonuses you can now learn how to strum with complete confidence and gain an insider understands of rhythm and all in a short space of time.

You will be able to play the most common strum patterns in popular music which means along with a few chords you will be able to learn, play and impress others with 10,000`s of classic songs as well as write your own with ease.

Save hundreds of hours trying to work strum patterns out for yourself

Imagine being able to listen to a song, either find or workout the chords, hear the strum pattern and realize that you already know how to play this strum pattern, and then learn it in minutes just by listening to it.

Well, now you can, because in this course that`s what I take you through.

Most songs use just a select few (8 in fact) strumming patterns, a bunch of simple chords (which you are taught in this course)

Learn why most people's strumming sound dead (and what to do instead)

Well, I`ll tell you, apart from the lack of technique, dynamics, expression, subtlety and rhythm, which you will master in this course, it`s their inability to play with feel.

One key element every guitarist from George Harrison to Kurt Cobain, from Jimi Hendrix to Ed Sheeran has is a great sense of feel.

Most mere mortals don`t get past level 1 here, but I will teach you a simple little trick that can help add a sophisticated sense of feel and soul into ANY strum pattern you will ever learn.

Time is precious, and the guitar takes many, many years to truly master. Perfect this one fundamental element today – the crucial element of strumming and you can kick start your guitar playing to the next level allowing you to go on and be the guitar guru you desire to be.

"The fretting hand is the brain, the strumming hand is the soul."

So much of our passion as guitarists come from the strumming hand.

Listen to the like of Damien Rice and Ed Sheeran to hear what I mean. The fretting hand doesn`t do a lot apart from the basic most of the time.

With these guys, the strumming hand takes these competent sounding basics and turbo charges them into a powerhouse of guitar wizardry - the sound of a soulful, heartened guitar player who is bearing is his soul for the world to hear.

You can just feel the passion, sorrow, joy and love oozing out of these guitarists hands.

You will learn how to apply this and so much more.

If you were guaranteed to save hundreds of wasted hours searching YouTube, discovering these techniques for yourself or paying $1000`s dollar in lessons, what that be worth to you?

I have vast knowledge of teaching the guitar, and I guarantee once you have mastered these materials, you will have far more confidence performing in front of friends, family members, college parties, at gigs, open mic night and even jam sessions.

You will be able to write songs far more ease, and you will impress yourself and others with your strumming skills!

Each video is short, in-depth and packed full of real, practical information.

Join the course today to get all these benefits, becoming a strumming master and truly fall in love with the guitar.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone looking to strum the guitar like a true pro
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
2 Lectures 05:59
Welcome and start here...

Intro - The Benefits Of Being A Strumming Master
5 Super Strum Patterns!
6 Lectures 22:25
`The Constant Pulse`

`The Piano Strum`

Do this before you continue....

`The Ultimate Strum`

`The Country Strum`

`The Modern Strum`
Essentials to help if you get stuck with these strum patterns!
3 Lectures 08:36
Learn What Whole, Half, Quarter and Eighth Notes Are...and How To Play Them

Learn What Sixteenth Notes Are and How To Play Them

Practice Your Quarter, Eighth and Sixteenth Notes With The `Sub Division Game`
Songs and Riffs That Use These Strum Patterns
5 Lectures 17:06
The Mavericks - Dance The Night Away (`The Constant Pulse`)

Oasis - Don`t Look Back In Anger (`The Piano Strum`)

Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl (`The Ultimate Strum`)

Johnny Cash - A Boy named Sue (`The Country Strum`)

Oasis - Don`t Look Back In Anger (`The Modern Strum`)
Chord Reference Wallchart
1 Lecture 00:00
Chord Reference Wallchart
1 page
Bonus section
3 Lectures 13:52
Fingerstyle Strumming - The 3 methods

Exercise 3: Power Dynamics

Swinging `The Ultimate Strum` Pattern
Information for Strumming With Soul users!!!
1 Lecture 00:38
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About the Instructor
Dan Thorpe (Guitar Domination)
4.4 Average rating
126 Reviews
7,557 Students
4 Courses
Specialises in teaching over 40`s strumming + fingerpicking

Dan Thorpe has taught over 120 guitar students over many years. He specialises in teaching beginners TO GET GOOD FAST.

The students Dan has taught have ranged from complete novice 60 year old+ students who have never even tried learning an instrument to awesome teenage guitar prodigies who all gets better and quicker.

Using ultra specific methods and techniques, the skills he has developed as a teacher have set him apart from the rest.

"Dan gets you results, it`s a simple as that." Rob - Private Guitar Student