Tips for easy guitar strumming

Guitar strumming should sound easy and effortless. The more natural the strumming becomes, the better it will sound. But for this, the right technique has to be achieved. Only with the proper technique and approach can the sound be more refined and will give the desired effect. Sometimes when we hear a song and want to copy it, we realize that the song in our head and the song coming out of the instrument is not the same, that’s because the technique is wrong. Some of the following tips will definitely allow you to play more smoothly.

Tips for better strumming

Strumming patterns basically involves strumming up and strumming down. Sometimes the players are so engrossed with the movements that they lose the rhythm. It’s important to realize that there is a definite pattern to be followed. The groove of the music shouldn't be missed. Once the continuous pattern is broken, then the rhythm will be lost, and the sound will not sync the ongoing session at all. 
• A great way to remain within the rhythm is to play it in your head before touching the guitar. For example, if you want to strum along with a song, then hum it in your head, tap along it, or even sing or beatbox it once or twice. You will get the hang of it that this is the rhythm that needs to be followed. Without being familiar with the music, you will face difficulty in strumming continuously for a long time.  
• The magic is actually in the wrist. You have to keep your wrist nice and loose. Locking the wrists in a tight grip will hinder the movement, and eventually, you will lose the rhythm. Most of the movement is created by rotating the lower arm. It might be easier to strum up and down using the lower part of the forearm, but that would eventually start to hurt in the long run. Using the lower arm will also restrict the free-flowing movements that are required for the strumming session.
• If you are just starting to learn to play guitar, then guitar strumming might be quite monotonous and quickly become annoying if you keep stopping and starting it from the top. The key is never to stop the strumming hand even if you miss a couple of beats. By doing this, you won’t subconsciously stop strumming also if you think you have made a mistake. This continuous strumming habit will help you cope with such minor errors, especially while doing bigger gigs. 
• It is not necessary to hit all the notes with every strum in the chord. The chord has to be played with depending on the kind of music or song you will be playing. To keep up with the groove, it’s better to emphasize only on certain parts of the beat. The rule of the thumb is the player has to hit the lower strings on the third and the first beat. The high strings have to be hit on the fourth and the second beat.

Basic strumming patterns

There are basically five strumming patterns that beginners especially can learn from. The strumming patterns are progressive in nature so that the beginners will have no issue in learning faster. Most of the beginner-friendly patterns start with eight notes.

Guitar strumming is one of the many assets that a true guitarist must acquire very early on in his practice sessions. So in order to become adept at it, the key is to practice regularly and consistently.

Publish Date: 28 Oct, 2019


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