Strumming the Guitar - 5 Lessons on Strum Patterns

Having trouble playing along? Here's whay you need to know to master the strumming patterns of your favorite songs.
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  • Lectures 10
  • Length 38 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2013 English

Course Description

Want to play along w/ your favorite song but feel like it's too hard? It's not... there are only a few things you need to know to play along with that sweet tune you love:

  • Understanding Song Form
  • Breaking Strumming Patterns Down
  • Tips to Add Detail into Your Strumming Patterns
  • Mastering Strumming Pattern Tricks

What are the requirements?

  • basic understanding of beginning guitar

What am I going to get from this course?

  • To teach you how to play rhythm guitar

Who is the target audience?

  • guitar players

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Understanding Song Form
Understanding Song Form
Understanding Song Form Lesson Notes
Section 2: Simplifying Strumming Patterns
Simplifying Strumming Patterns
Simplifying Strumming Patterns Lesson Notes
Section 3: Playing Complex Strumming Patterns
Playing Complex Strumming Patterns
Playing Complex Strumming Patterns Lesson Notes
Section 4: Strumming Tricks & Tips
Strumming Tips & Tricks

In this lesson we will continue with what you learned in the last lesson about strumming patterns with more attention on your right hand (strumming hand) to add character to your strumming. We will start with some techniques that are important to know.

Arpeggio: a broken chord or a chord where all the notes are played separately. There are two ways to do this:

Consecutive Picking: Where you strum down letting the pick lay on the next string. For example, starting on the fourth string play each string down to the second string, then starting on the first play each note moving back up to the fourth string.

Alternate Picking: Starting on the fourth string you would alternate an up down motion. You can decide which method works better for you.

Note and Chord: As the name suggests, you pluck a base note and then strum the rest of the chord. As an example play a D chord but first pluck the fourth string of your guitar.

Important TIp: You can lightly rest your fingers against the face of the guitar while plucking down and lift them up when you pluck or strum up.

Muting: This gives an entirely different sound or tone to the notes. There are two different types of muting.

Palm Muting: Resting the edge of the palm of your right hand and lightly resting it on the strings while you pluck or strum. This is where you want to rest the edge of your palm.

String Muting: Softly rest your fingers on the strings of the guitar to create a percussive sound when you strum.(Fingers limiting the amount of vibration, making a “muted sound”).

You may not hear all of these examples played in the same song, but these different techniques are in many songs and really add to the texture and character of the song. Still the most most important part of playing a song is the rhythm, so dont sacrifice your rhythm to add in a technique you can still use your metronome. Have fun!!

Section 5: Summary of Strumming
Summary of Strumming
Summary of Strumming Lesson Notes

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