Strum Patterns You Must Learn How To Play
Along with scales, chords, and songs, guitar strumming patterns are one of the important elements to master when learning to play guitar. Which strumming patterns for guitar are best to learn when you're beginning? Should you learn the easiest strum patterns first? Are there some guitar strums that are more useful than others?
From my years of teaching students and training guitar teachers I found there is a series of patterns that are best to teach in the beginning stages. These strum patterns incorporate the basic movements that can be used to play many more strum patterns in the future. They also help to develop good strumming technique when done properly and together with common chord patterns give the student a path to playing solid rhythm guitar.
These can all be done with either a guitar pick or with your fingers. I will give you an example of how to do it both ways.
Guitar Strum Pattern 1 to 5
1. Basic Down-Up Strum – The first strumming pattern I call the basic down a pattern. The basic movement is down, then down up. The keys to doing this properly are to stay relaxed, start slow and play evenly.
2. Mute Strum – The mute strum is the second of the strum patterns I like beginners to learn. It uses a basic mute technique that can be used in many more advanced strums.
3. Calypso Strum – The next strum I call the Calypso strum. This incorporates both the mute technique and a raking technique to add some extra interest and a kind of a Latin Caribbean sound.
4. Pop Rock Strum – This strum can be used for many type of popular songs and is very common.
5. Basic Fingerpicking Pattern – The final strum is actually a simple fingerpicking technique. This is the basis for many fingerpicking patterns and really makes the acoustical guitar come alive.
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