I have seen a lot of guitar videos and read a lot of guitar books but one thing they all have in common is that while teaching strumming they tell you to "loosen up", "keep going up and down" etc. Or sometimes they start teaching you about the strumming pattern rather than how you strum. What they don't tell you is how to physically make that upstroke while strumming. They can sometimes talk about downstrokes but the upstroke is never explained.
What is the correct or the standard way to physically make that upstroke in as much detail as possible? I mean when you are strumming normally (up and down) and singing a song what is the correct way to be playing the upstrokes? It would be great if you could mention the following points while describing an upstroke:
- angle of the pick, is it perpendicular to the guitar or slight angle towards the direction
- does angle of pick change for downstrokes and upstrokes
- do you hit all the 6 strings
- do you apply equal pressure on all the strings you hit
With the answer to this question I'll end up playing upstrokes in no time. Wooah!