Basic Rhythm Guitar

One of the most essential skills to master early on is how to strum properly. The good news is that it is a fairly simple technique we use to strum the guitar. Keeping the strumming hand in a steady pendulum-like down/up motion is the most important thing. Down,up,down,up,down,up.......steady, steady, steady. Seems simple enough right!

Lets use the chord E Major for all of our strumming examples.

 Make sure your chord sounds like this

 


For all of these strumming examples we will use only Quarter notes, worth 1 beat,

and
 
Eight notes, worth half a beat.Two eight notes equals the

duration of one quarter note.

This example is 4 quarter notes, each played with a down stroke. We count 1 2 3 4. Tap your foot down on each beat as you play your down stroke.

                     

Ex. 7              

Slowly at first   then faster once you master 

 

 


This next example divides beat 3 into two eight notes. We count this 1 2 3 and 4. Make sure the "and" is directly in between beats 3 and 4. We play the "and" with an upstroke. Try your very hard not to "rush" the upstroke. Try to time it directly between beats 3 and 4.

 

Ex. 8               

Slowly at first     then faster once you master 

                                                                              




Now dividing beats 2 and 4 into eight notes. The count is 1 2 and 3 4 and.

 

Ex. 9            

Slowly at first   then faster once you master 




And now dividing beats 3 and 4 into eight notes. The count is 1 2 3 and 4 and.

  

Ex. 10        

Slowly at first    then faster once you master