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Unread 06-12-2002, 05:11 PM   #1
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How do I make my strumming more interesting?

I play acoustic guitar in a campus group (ChristiansOC.50megs.com) for praise and worship. I've been doing this for four years now and some time ago, I felt the need to learn to do something more with my strumming. It seems that my right hand is doing nothing very interesting as I strum chords the whole time. I tend to use the strumming patterns D-DU-UDU for songs in 4/4 and D-DUDU for songs in 3/4 or 6/8. Occasionally, I'll add or take away a strum and vary strength of strum, but what else can I do? Any hints on fun/good sounding strum variations/techniques?

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Unread 06-12-2002, 08:43 PM   #2
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Apart from learning (or making up) other strumming patterns, you can introduce some more percussive elements even with the up-down patterns you already use.

For example, pick one of the strums (probably not the first in each bar) and mute all the strings with your left hand while your right hand strums as normal. That would produce a percussive thud or thunk noise that could add interest to an otherwise repetitive pattern.

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Unread 06-12-2002, 09:11 PM   #3
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Don't think about up and down, think about the rhythm. Try tapping a rhythm out and then convert it into a strumming pattern.
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Unread 06-13-2002, 09:34 AM   #4
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Listen to Shane Barnard, he is the king of rhythm!
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Unread 06-13-2002, 09:37 AM   #5
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mix up picking and strumming (i.e., pick the root then strum the chord for a country-ish sound)

practice using palm mutes.
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Unread 06-13-2002, 07:51 PM   #6
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Try incorporating more sixteenth notes. Synchopation certainly makes things more interesting.
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Unread 06-15-2002, 12:53 AM   #7
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just try playing with other peoples styles and patterns. JOC first cd is good for fast patterns as are SCC's last 2.

and something i've been doing more lately is be more percussive in my strumming. i try to strum and mute with the rhythm. i'm still working on it.
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Unread 06-17-2002, 04:18 PM   #8
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when ur playin dont nessicarialy (sp?) think strum pattern. its gonna be hard for anyone to help u w/ this cause its hard showing someone in words how to play catching the higher stringgs then muting and all that. the best way i think is to listen to music that has guitar in it. the more you listen and play the more you'll be able to discover different ways to play.
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Listen to Shane Barnard, he is the king of rhythm!
lol...heck yeah!!!


What he said!
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When you play dont think about what you are doing as a strum pattern. Instead find the rythem and let if flow. When I play with a good drummer i try to go off them. Your music will always sound better if your strumming fits in with what everyone else is doing.
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Unread 06-28-2002, 03:29 PM   #12
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Experiment, mess around, if it doesnt work leave it, if it does work use it!

try thinking of rhythms even when ur not actually playin, just listenin 2 music. tap along etc. and build up a good sense of rhythm. when u have that, strumming becomes a lot easier!

also hang around with drummers! (i know it is hard but u will get used to them!) hehe
3 of my best friends are drummers and just from spending so much time with them, i find it a lot easier to pick up and work out rhythms!
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Try 'Not' to focus on the Up Down or whatever. Use the extra concentration, to focus on the Praising aspect of the song. It's too easy for a Guitarist to focus on the Performance, that they Limit the amount that they are actually Praising God with the songs.

Enjoy the simplicity! Focus more on Praising. Get lost in the song. Show some emotion. You'll enjoy it more.
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Unread 01-14-2013, 03:28 PM   #14
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Not sure if you know this given you've already had four years of experience. Try something called the arppegiated strumming. So what happens is that you may have upstrokes or downstrokes. You may strum all of your strings when you do a downstroke, then as you come up, you pick one of the individual strings. So you mix up your full strum with picking single strings. It sounds very melodic yet not as distracting.

For example when you play the open G chord, you strum down producing a G major, (GBDGDG), but as you come up, you may pick your third string giving us a G note. You strum down again, but this time as you come up, you can pick the second string giving us a D note, then you repeat but this time you probably wanna pick B...
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Not sure if you know this given you've already had four years of experience. Try something called the arppegiated strumming. So what happens is that you may have upstrokes or downstrokes. You may strum all of your strings when you do a downstroke, then as you come up, you pick one of the individual strings. So you mix up your full strum with picking single strings. It sounds very melodic yet not as distracting.

For example when you play the open G chord, you strum down producing a G major, (GBDGDG), but as you come up, you may pick your third string giving us a G note. You strum down again, but this time as you come up, you can pick the second string giving us a D note, then you repeat but this time you probably wanna pick B...
Well...he's got 14 years of experience now...since this thread is from 2002...
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