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Dynamic Strumming Tips – Rhythm Guitar Lesson #11

October 28, 2019

Hi! I’m Nate Savage and welcome to lesson
11 of the Rhythm Guitar Quick-Start Series. In this lesson, I’m going to give you a
couple of tips for dressing up your strumming patterns. You know, playing the basic strumming patterns we learned two lessons ago is great but that can get a little bit boring after a while.
One thing that you can do to kind of change things up is hit a single bass note. One tip
that I’m going to give you here as a general guideline to get started with this is to hit
the lowest root note of whatever chords you’re making with your single bass note. Instead
of strumming that entire chord for the down, down, up strumming pattern for the first down,
you can hit just a low G note here on the sixth string third fret and then finish the
strumming pattern, so… At first, it can be a little difficult to
get your accuracy really good with this single bass note stuff. What you’re going to want
to do is actually look at the sixth string, in this case, and just practice hitting it
accurately and consistently. Once you have that down, you can throw in the rest of your
strumming pattern. You can do this with all of your chords too.
For example, if you wanted to do that with your C chord, your open C chord, you can totally
do that. Just remember for right now, when you’re starting to learn to do this, your
lowest root note should be your single bass note. In this case, the C note on the third
fret of the A string would be what you would want to shoot for. This is just to get you
started. You can throw other notes in too once you get more comfortable with it.
And the same thing applies if you’re using a bar chord of this for example. If you’re
playing an A bar chord using the E shape, you would just want to start kind of getting
used to doing this by hitting the lowest root note of that chord, which is on the sixth
string. So go through all the chords you’ve learned
here in the Rhythm Guitar Quick-Start Series and try to apply this idea to them. It may
take some time to develop this and get your accuracy down with your pick, that’s totally
fine. Here’s how a 1, 4, 5 progression using this idea will sound with a jam track. The next little technique that we’re going to go over to add a little more life to your strumming patterns is muted strums and it’s a little bit easier for me to show you what
this is than for me to explain it to you, so let me do that right now. So as you can see, by a muted strum what I’m talking about is when I come down on a particular
strum, I’m muting the strings with the fleshy part of my hand right here, right as I strum
through them. It gives you a really percussive sound and the idea behind this is to kind
of emulate a snare drum, like what a snare drum will be playing if it was playing with
you. So on 2 and 4, if you’re in 4/4 time, on beats 2 and 4 throwing in a muted
strum can give you a really cool percussive sound. It makes you sound like a drummer is
playing with you. If you had your basic down, down, up strumming
pattern… you could throw in a muted strum on beats 2 and 4. And you don’t have to
do that on beats 2 and 4. You can do it anywhere you like, as long as is fits whatever song
you’re playing. Once you get this muted strum technique down, you can even throw it in with a single bass technique we were talking about. Let’s do that. Let’s get our down,
down, up strumming pattern again and apply both techniques to this strumming pattern.
So if you have 1 for your first down, you can hit a single bass note. And then for your
2, you can hit a muted strum and then your upstroke can be the full upstroke. So slowly, really slowly… And that’s just one idea. You don’t have to
do that every single time. You could do that particular pattern on beats 1 and 2 and then
on beats 3 and 4 you could do just a regular down, down, up. Put both of those together
for a new strumming pattern. So pull up the jam track for this lesson. It’s
the one with just drums and work on getting these two techniques down. If you have to
stay on the same chord throughout the entire thing, that’s totally fine. Once you’re
comfortable with these two techniques, you can throw in some chord changes too and it
might sound like this. Thanks for watching this lesson. If you have
any questions about these two techniques or rhythm guitar in general, you can leave them
here in the comments and I’ll get back to you or you can email me [email protected]
In the next lesson, we’re going to check out what you need to do next on your rhythm
guitar journey. I’ll see you then.


  • Reply Felicia Studdard November 3, 2014 at 12:28 am

    nate i see your tuner attached to your guitar it's just the clip of it tough.

  • Reply Maurice Frumkin December 15, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Nate, you rock…you are helping me take my strumming to the next level!

  • Reply Avish Kafle July 24, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    great work nate … but how do I download jam track for practising it

  • Reply Chrisy January 11, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Great lesson! Thanks!

  • Reply lps lilacs tv May 22, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    my guitar sounds different

  • Reply brian gallia November 7, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I don't have the right tone wood for this lesson.

  • Reply Leonardo Cannone September 3, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Were do I find the drum tracks?

  • Reply ASFUNNY Memes Playlist October 2, 2018 at 8:26 am

    have been following along have taught me heaps thanks.

  • Reply jen f March 23, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Please make a tutorial on heartbeats Nate.

  • Reply Rachana Tripathi April 15, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    You are so calm so this is very easy to learn what you teach
    .. thanku,👍❤
    Pls give Some more strumming patterns .. n how can I speed up my chord shifting… I m struggling so much in strumming n shifting

  • Reply alshabbi Rogma August 21, 2019 at 4:47 am

    thanks a lot. superb playing.

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