Lesson 8 Re: Strumming

 

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In this lesson, we will learn more elaborate strumming patterns involving upstrokes.

 

8.1 Down & Up (3/4)

 

The next strumming pattern that we will learn is:

This is a 3/4 strumming pattern i.e. 3 beats per bar.

 

The symbol (Π) indicates a down stroke (strum downwards) and the symbol (V) indicates an up stroke (strum upwards).

 

The 2nd & 3rd beats consist of 2 strums each – down & up – with each strum taking up half a beat.

 

The accent (>) is on the 2nd beat which indicates that that stroke needs to be accentuated/ emphasized.

 

The rhythm will sound like one… TWO and three and, one… TWO and three and;

sim. (short for simile) means to continue playing in the same manner.

 

As before, instead of emphasizing the 2nd stroke, we will de-emphasize the others as shown:

 

 

Exercise 8A

 

Now we will practice the strumming pattern using The Only Exception.

  • Set the metronome to 3/4 and 80.
  • Increase the tempo to 90 & then 100 when you get more comfortable at strumming with the pattern.

The Only Exception

 

 

8.1 Down & Up (4/4)

 

The next strumming pattern that we will learn is:

 

 

This is a 4/4 strumming pattern i.e. 4 beats per bar.

 

The symbol (Π) indicates a down stroke (strum downwards) and the symbol (V) indicates an up stroke (strum upwards).

 

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th beats consist of 2 strums each – down & up – with each strum taking up half a beat.

 

The accent (>) is on the 2nd and 4th beat which indicates that the 2 strokes need to be accentuated/ emphasized.

 

The rhythm will sound like one… TWO and three and FOUR and, one… TWO and three and FOUR and;

 

sim. (short for simile) means to continue playing in the same manner.

 

As before, instead of emphasizing the 2nd and 4th beats, we will de-emphasize the others as shown:

 

Exercise 8B

 

Now we will practice the strumming pattern using Leaving on a Jet Plane.

  • Set the metronome to 4/4 and 80.
  • Increase the tempo to 90 & then 100 when you get more comfortable at strumming with the pattern.

Leaving on a Jet Plane

 

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