Strumming Guitar and Developing Your Rhythm

Beginner Strumming Patterns to Get Started

Strumming is THE KEY element to sounding good on guitar. You could be making the best chord shapes in the world, but if your rhythm isn’t there, the song won’t sound good.

Think about it this way: if you press your fingers down on the chord shapes, does the guitar make a sound? Nope!

Your strumming arm ACTIVATES the guitar and makes the music happen – that’s why we strum with our dominant hand!

Before You Start Strumming, You Need To Decide: Pick or Fingers?

I recommend using a pick because it makes the whole process MUCH simpler – you just have to trust me on that…

What Kind of Guitar Pick/Plectrum Should You Use?

There are so many kinds, and to help you figure it all out, I’ve broken it down. I want to help you find the best guitar picks for beginners!

The Best Way To Hold A Guitar Pick

Learn how to hold a guitar pick properly and how to use a guitar pick and get a better strumming sound. Now there are many ways to do it, but this is by far the most widely used method (for good reason)…

If you really don’t want to use a pick, I would still like to help you and make sure you are strumming properly…

Strumming Without A Pick – 3 Different Ways

A lot of people have noticed that I go between using a pick and not using a pick without really putting too much thought into it, and I’d like to share with you some strategies for strumming with fingers.

Develop the fundamental skills needed to play guitar with confidence. Hands-on learning, presented in a clear and concise manner. Learn the basics using real songs, strum with a steady rhythm, master the basic chord shapes, learn to count along to music and more!

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Before You Go Off On Your Own And Learn A Bunch of Patterns…

I think you’d benefit from the concept taught in this lesson. It demonstrates the power of DYNAMICS – so you’re not just learning patterns, but the feeling behind them..

3 USEFUL Strumming Patterns from ONE Rhythm

To help my students develop their rhythm early on, I show them this strumming pattern, and two variations that’ll give them immediate access to a musical concept called “dynamics”

The Most Common Strumming Pattern EVER!

This is the most common strumming pattern of all time and once you’ve gotten a hold of it, it will be the gateway to unlock all the other strumming patterns. It’s the most important pattern, hands down.

3 Strumming Patterns You NEED To Know!

We break down three essential strumming patterns that every guitarist should be able to play as well as general tips like how to strum a guitar, changing chords while keeping the strumming going and some tricks to improve your rhythm.

Need Help Developing Your Sense of Rhythm?

One SIMPLE CONCEPT will FIX Your Strumming and RHYTHM

The concept is simple: You wave your arm down and up – You make contact with or avoid the strings.

That’s all there is to it!

Strumming Patterns To Practice

Six Strumming Patterns on Guitar

Here are 6 incredibly common and useful strumming patterns, broken down in a way that will teach you how to count rhythm and feel it at a fundamental level.

This 3-Part Series Will Teach You Some Simple Theory Behind Rhythm

Part 1 – How To Count Music

Any time a student of mine has a problem with rhythm, we go back to square one: counting… and building it up from there, we’re successful every single time.

Part 2 – The SECRET To Steady Strumming

Learn how to count quarter notes vs eighth notes, clap along to music, count to the beat and how to apply counting to our strumming to improve our overall sense of rhythm.

Part 3 – SIMPLE Trick To Conquer Long + Fast Strumming Patterns

Learn how to subdivide eight notes into 16th notes, and compare quarters versus eights versus sixteenths. You’ll realize that they’re all the same thing, just one level deeper!

Ready To Move Beyond Regular 4/4 Time Signatures?

Easy Strumming Patterns for 3/4, 6/8 and 12/8 Time Signatures

Most songs use the common time signature of 4/4, but that’s not always the case! I want to show you how to count and strum when you run into a song that uses the time signatures of 3/4, 6/8, or 12/8.

Before we can play rhythms, we need to be able to hear and feel them. This course will help you build your rhythm from the ground up. Learn to strum and sing at the same time, be able to create your own patterns for any song, and to feel the beat/groove like a “natural.”

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