Strumming Patterns is a free lesson series by Vicki Genfan previewing the material covered in her upcoming course, 30 Strumming Patterns You MUST Know. Check out Vicki’s other courses, and be sure to subscribe for more free lessons to come!

Here’s a really fun pattern that I’ll show you using power chords – and giving it an ‘acoustic-rock’ feel. Simply put, this strum could be called: DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, UP, UP, UP.

We’ll be looking at the ‘Left Hand Mute’ and how that gives this strum its super ‘punchy-clean’ sound and we’ll also get a chance to practice our ‘chicken scratch’.

Before you go breezin’ through this – make sure your muting is clean on each of the power chords. They each require a slightly different set of maneuvers and finger positions to make them sound awesome. Subtlety is everything when it comes to being a bad-ass rhythm player!

Check out the very end of this lesson for another application of this strumming pattern! The chords I’m using there are Am-G-F-Esus-E7.