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Video:Guitar Strumming Patterns for Beginners

with Nick Richards

Strumming patterns are among the first things you need to learn when you're learning to play guitar. Here are a couple of basic strumming patterns you'll need to know.See Transcript

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Transcript:Guitar Strumming Patterns for Beginners

Learning to play the guitar has a number of different aspects and strumming is one that is often neglected. Interesting strumming patterns can bring a piece of music alive and make one musician stand out from the rest. Let's take a look at some of the primary strumming patterns you should try when learning to play the guitar.

Basic Strumming Patterns

The easiest and the most obvious is the standard alternative strumming. Try to add variations to this standard pattern by adding pauses at different points. Remember to count aloud if you are struggling to remember a sequence and ensure that you keep a steady rhythm by keeping your strumming hand moving. Let's see how this looks on the guitar. Choose a chord that is easy to play, such as the G chord and strum the patterns slowly. If playing on an acoustic guitar, strum directly over the sound hole. On an electric guitar, strum over the body.

Tips for Strumming Patterns

Make sure the volume of your strumming is equal and that the strings are ringing clearly. If not, you might want to check your fretting hand. Don't strum too hard or too soft, as this will create an undesirable sound. Remember to keep the rhythm of your hand moving, lifting your pick ever so slightly away from the strings for each pause. Think of your elbow as a pendulum, with the movement of your arm maintaining a constant speed. Keep your wrist loose to help keep the rhythm going. It can be tough to master, so practice slowly at first, before increasing your speed. If you're struggling, sing the rhythm out loud before playing – it can help you focus!

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