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Thread: Ho do I get the right strum pattern?

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    Ho do I get the right strum pattern?

    From several websites, I've gotten chords for various songs.

    I particularly like: www.e-chords.com because there's an option for simplification, which is GREAT for beginners.

    Anyway, while these sites give the chords, I don't know how to strum the chords to get the right rhythm. We all want to sound like the band/artist.

    I only know a few strum patterns sucn as: down, down-up, down-up, down

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    Registered User BornToShred's Avatar
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    Listen to the song and try to pick the rhytm up from there. That's how i do it.

    Or you can play whatever feels right. Make up your own patterns.
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    Registered User Malcolm's Avatar
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    Yep, you have to feel it....

    ....and I used to hate it when they told me things like; ..."You have to feel it."

    Most of the people I play with only use two perhaps three strums and they then use combinations of these to "fit" the song being played.

    If you've got a couple of strums I bet they will fit what you are doing now. It's more a tempo thing than --- am I supposed to do a down strum or was that supposed to be an up strum --- thing.

    Relax and use what you've got. More patterns will come......

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    Registered User Airbag's Avatar
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    Start with uncomplicated songs

    It is more easy to start with songs written for one guitar. Or that have a constant rhythm. Thus it is easier to follow the pattern. Some advice would be: Polly (Nirvana) Cry Baby Cry (Beatles) or Redemption Song (Bob Marley)

    Just listen carefully to the song you're trying to learn. Then find out when a chord change occurs and which one. Then try following the pattern for each chord individually before putting it all together in measures. Note that metronomes can come in real handy for learning strumming patterns. If you don't own one consider buying one.

    Also try powertabs.net. The strum patterns found here are fully written out.

    Hope it works out for you.


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