Do You Want To Be Able To Play Any Strumming Pattern?
Would you like to be able to make your strumming sound more interesting?
Do you always play the same strumming patterns over and over again?
Do you struggle to get your strumming to sound like the song?
Struggling to strum different patterns is very common, and lots of students ask me these very questions when they first start.
They always want to learn more strumming patterns.
Is learning more strumming patterns the key to improving your strumming ability?
You can collect as many strumming patterns as possible. For every new song you want to learn, you could learn a new specific strumming pattern. This way of playing the guitar takes a lot of effort.
Would it be better if you learn the mechanics of strumming? So that whatever gets thrown at you, you know how to tackle it. Dissect it. Whether you want to play it the same. Alternatively, create your own version. You can do either.
Simple Exercise to Understand the Fundamentals of Strumming Patterns
This straightforward exercise that I've devised will help you get started with this. The exercise will help you see and experience the fundamentals of strumming patterns.
1.) Keep your fretting strings muted, so they don't distract you. You can do this with your fretting hand fingers.
2.) Count out loud the numbers, including the "ands" while strumming up and down with your right hand.
When you count on the 1, 2, 3, 4. Your strumming hand will always be moving downwards. And you will be strumming upwards on the "ands".
Creating Your Own Strumming Patterns
To create more interesting strumming patterns based on this timing. What we can do is remove some of the strums through the bar.
Here we can create near infinite of different strumming patterns. I've created 2 difference ones here for you. Try to create your own by randomly removing any of the numbers and "ands".
Now when you tackle this. Make sure you keep counting out loud. And every time you count out loud the numbers, your arm needs to be moving down.
Always keep your arm moving in this motion and the only time you hit the strings is when you have marked out a strum. Also, remember to keep counting.
Soon this will feel second nature. Keep writing out new strumming patterns, so it becomes easy for you to pick up any change in the strumming pattern.
I hope this simple exercise has helped you with the mechanics of how strumming patterns work. Now you can quickly create your own original strumming patterns too. If you ever come across a new strumming pattern, keep it simple as possible and go back to the fundamentals.
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