Lesson 4 – Strumming

How You Strum Is How You Sound

In this video, we’ll explore the basic mechanics of strumming as well as two essential strumming patterns.

Topics Include:

  • Demonstration of the mechanics of the arm and hand for strumming with your index finger.
  • Strumming patterns are essentially ‘drum beats’.
  • 3 basic sounds you can make to vary the sound of your strumming.
    • Full Downstrum
    • Partial Upstrum
    • Partial Downstrum – the ‘Touch Strum’
  • Rock Beat:  | d – D – d – D – |
  • Wimpy Strong:  | d u D u d u D u |