http://strummingmastery.com – This easy acoustic guitar strumming lesson is what I call the most popular strum in the world because it comes up in everything from Van Morrison to Green Day.
I’ve done thousands of guitar lessons over the years and this strum keeps coming up again and again!
This will work for just about any mid-tempo song in 4/4 time. You can easily strums songs by the Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, and 100s of other common, classic guitar songs.
The great thing about this strum pattern is that you can pair it up with any set of chords and be making music as soon as you get it under your fingers.
The strum is pretty simple… you want to count like this:
1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and
Strum down on the numbers (1,2,3,4) and up on the “ands.” On beats where you miss the strings, keep moving your hand across the strings and the guitar, just don’t hit the strings with your pick or fingers.
You want to hit the strings on your guitar at beats 1, 2, “2 and”, “3 and”, 4. You’ll want to miss on “1 and”, “3” and “4 and.”
It’s pretty easy to play, just walk through it slowly and count the rhythm out loud. That makes more difference than anything.
I’ve recently released a complete DVD course called Strumming & Rhythm Mastery that covers this strum and dozens more at http://strummingmastery.com.
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