Today we’re going to review chords that we already know, and strum them with our basic strum pattern: down. You might be tempted to skip ahead, but please don’t. If you stick with me, you will learn more and learn more quickly. We’ll start with a strum review and then explore some new strumming techniques, or “Grooves.”
We’ll also learn a few different strum patterns to add more interest when we try to play songs, as rhythm is an important part of giving a song a certain “feel.” Throughout the course, we’ll explore some folk, country, rock, blues, pop, and reggae grooves.
Lastly, we’re going to add a groove (rhythm) in the strum. Listen closely to how it sounds, and look at how I’m moving my strumming hand to make the blues/rock feel. It’s all still down strumming, but with accents on the “downbeats” or when I say the numbers in my “1-2-3-4” count.
Read on for the video guitar lessons…