Guitar Strumming Tips

I'm a beginner and I have trouble strumming naturally. How can I make it more natural so that all the songs don't sound exactly the same?


Realize that your guitar is also a rhythm instrument. You're keeping time with the music at the same time you're strumming. When you're strumming the strings, keep time with the music like you're playing a wash board.
You don't always have to strum ALL the strings on every strum. Try an E major chord. Try hitting the bass string (down strum) then the higher strings on the second (down strum) and third (upward strum).

It will come with more practice.

Bob, Gman ( o )==#

A while back I had a question about my problem with not being able to play and sing at the same time, the whole washboard thing made some sense to me and after practicing my butt off I'm starting to be able to do it.

Thanks a lot!

I read a question from a player who had trouble strumming naturally. This was the HARDEST thing for me when I was learning - harder than forming chords, reading music, and even barre chords. One can usually learn technique, but you either have rythm or you don't. Here is a KILLER a METRONOME! You can get the old, triangle wooden ones, or now they have digital ones - mine is the size of a credit card. You can set them at whatever speed you wish, and just strum along. Soon, you'll be adding licks and things.

Good luck.

Try muting the strings off and on as you experiment with different rhythm patterns without actually fingering anything with your left hand. I do this when I get lazy and my left hand gets tired (I revert to drumming mode). It can be done along with music or to jingles while watching TV.
Not having to concentrate on your left hand will open up possibilities for the other hand.

Kevin Stiles

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