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#1 2012-08-20 12:59:21

simonbsc
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strumming patterns

Hi as  a relatively new guitar learner, it would be so benefical to have suggested strumming patterns to go with songs. AS this is the hardest part for me to get my head around, and the same ive seen with guitar classes.

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#2 2012-08-20 18:23:50

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Re: strumming patterns

I'd advise against worrying about "strumming patterns" and instead focus on working on good timekeeping along with confident chord changes.   If you can fret well and keep a beat, "strumming patterns" will tend to work themselves out.


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#3 2012-08-20 19:17:00

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Re: strumming patterns

Per usual I agree with Jerome. Timekeeping is really important. You can have the best strumming pattern around but if your meter is off you'll sound God awful. Play quarter note downstrokes until you have good time feel and the chord changes are confident.

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#4 2012-08-21 00:19:06

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Re: strumming patterns

Baldguitardude wrote:

Per usual I agree with Jerome. Timekeeping is really important. You can have the best strumming pattern around but if your meter is off you'll sound God awful. Play quarter note downstrokes until you have good time feel and the chord changes are confident.

We need to find something we disagree about.

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#5 2012-08-21 00:48:52

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Of course that's your contention. You're a first-year grad student; you just got finished reading some Marxian historian, Pete Garrison probably. You're gonna be convinced of that 'till next month when you get to James Lemon. Then you're going to be talking about how the economies of Virginia and Pennsylvania were entrepreneurial and capitalist way back in 1740. That's gonna last until next year; you're gonna be in here regurgitating Gordon Wood, talkin' about, you know, the pre-revolutionary utopia and the capital-forming effects of military mobilization.

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#6 2012-08-23 03:53:38

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Re: strumming patterns

jerome.oneil wrote:

I assert that Kafka's Gregor is not, in fact, a metaphor for absurdity in life or a warning against over sympathetic reactions to even revolting circumstance, but instead is a reminder that traveling salesmen are annoying.

Baldguitardude wrote:

Of course that's your contention. You're a first-year grad student; you just got finished reading some Marxian historian, Pete Garrison probably. You're gonna be convinced of that 'till next month when you get to James Lemon. Then you're going to be talking about how the economies of Virginia and Pennsylvania were entrepreneurial and capitalist way back in 1740. That's gonna last until next year; you're gonna be in here regurgitating Gordon Wood, talkin' about, you know, the pre-revolutionary utopia and the capital-forming effects of military mobilization.

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#7 2012-09-29 16:49:07

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Re: strumming patterns

jerome.oneil wrote:

I'd advise against worrying about "strumming patterns" and instead focus on working on good timekeeping along with confident chord changes.   If you can fret well and keep a beat, "strumming patterns" will tend to work themselves out.

I have to disagree, at least for myself.  I find getting the strum pattern down integral to getting the beat right. Like they're one in the same....would also like some links to strumming patterns for a few songs...


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#8 2012-09-29 16:50:38

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Re: strumming patterns

Baldguitardude wrote:

Per usual I agree with Jerome. Timekeeping is really important. You can have the best strumming pattern around but if your meter is off you'll sound God awful. Play quarter note downstrokes until you have good time feel and the chord changes are confident.

again disagree, no offense smile  I think getting the strum pattern and the beat right are one in the same for me, and would appreciate help with...

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#9 2012-09-29 17:26:36

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Re: strumming patterns

You can get a strum pattern down for a song, whether it is the correct pattern or not, and still keep the correct beat for that song.


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#10 2012-10-08 03:57:12

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Re: strumming patterns

jacoslut wrote:

again disagree, no offense smile  I think getting the strum pattern and the beat right are one in the same for me, and would appreciate help with...

I suggest you go to YouTube and search:  GUITAR STRUMMING PATTERNS

You'll get several relevant results right on the first page.  Happy strumming!


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#11 2012-10-10 18:11:01

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Re: strumming patterns

hi all i did not know where to put this message, just hope that someone can help me, i do not know if anyone know the song,

i'm working on a song (I´d Love You To Want Me by Lobo, coverd by 1000 volts of John Holt) i have the chords, can someone help me with the Strumming patterns, i'm new to all this, it be great if you can tell me step by step,

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#12 2012-10-10 23:42:06

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Re: strumming patterns

Strumming pattern disregarding tempo = decent strumming pattern and crap tempo. You need to make sure your tempo is solid and the strumming pattern is appropriate. Otherwise you sound like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvPugOWeZiA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjeMDvCdrtc

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#13 2012-10-10 23:43:18

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Re: strumming patterns

Oh never mind, this is way better:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kvJ1ace … re=related

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#14 2012-10-11 09:57:39

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Re: strumming patterns

After watching those three videos I feel.................... ILL.

lol Roger


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#15 2012-10-11 16:35:42

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Re: strumming patterns

Comments on those are priceless...   "Is he singing in the key of L?"

That's good stuff right there!


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