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Strumming is way of playing a stringed instrument such as a guitar. A strum or stroke is a sweeping action where a fingernail or plectrum brushes past several strings in order to set them all into motion and thereby play a chord.

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Maintaining strumming rhythm while singing

I finally have become a lot better maintaining a rhythm while strumming guitar. But as soon as I try to sing,I lose my count. Example, with a standard DDUUDU pattern I find I'm actually thinking the ...
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Ukulele strumming pattern and meaning of chords in square brackets and normal brackets (using Lemon Tree as example) [closed]

Hi I'm new to playing ukulele (and never studied any music theory) and I'm trying to learn to play along this arrangement of Lemon Tree. The Intro goes like Am Em Am Em Dm Em Am [Em] (Am) As far as I ...
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Time signature and Tempo

When I am jamming along a song, I do get carried away especially after the chorus when strumming is emphasised. I tend to speed up. You see in intro strumming is kinda not so much emphasised, it's ...
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Playing mandolin just strumming [closed]

I don't understand how to play chords on mandolin, the most of the tabs avaiable are with mandolin chords but I know it is possible to play a song just strumming, and I find that way so much easier... ...
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Why island strum works on majority of the songs? [closed]

I have played many songs with only Island strums. However, I never realized how it works that way? I worked with 4/4 pattern songs and 3/4 pattern songs. Both the cases, it seems to work. But how?
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What is the strumming pattern of this guitar tab from "Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence? [closed]

I'm trying to learn how to play "Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence on guitar, and I'm following Christian Torres's cover on YouTube: Only problem is, I suck ...
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Is strumming and finger picking universal for all the instruments?

I am self taught Ukulele Player and playing Ukulele for almost one and half years now and can play almost all the open chords. Learnt everything with internet resources. And this is my first string ...
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Strumming along low BPM song

I am fairly comfortable strumming along a song with 80 or more BPM, however for songs lower that I struggle to keep up. How should I practice?
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How should guitar strumming patterns be represented in music notation?

I am new to sheet music and I am basically a programmer. I am trying to blend technology with music and display the tabs on the screen like so for my son's YouTube channel. Now I want to integrate ...
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Is there a hidden triplet here, as the notes seem to indicate 9/8 but the time signature is 4/4?

I found this strumming in a book which confused me a lot: It seems it has 9/8 but states clearly that it should have 4/4. I tried to figure it out and stumbled over triplets. So my guess is it has a ...
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I have a problem with the strummer in Ample Guitar M (used in Reaper)

When I create a riff using the plugin and drag it in the timeline (as a midi file), it's played with no legatos or really anything I set up in the riffer. It sound terrible, all the chords are played ...
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How to count the bpm of a strumming pattern [closed]

Example https://www.dropbox.com/s/b8lzs3mwaht6voq/strumming%201.mp3?dl=0 I know the pattern is DDDDDDDD with accents but I cant figure out the bpm I know there's the tapping method but I need someone ...
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What is the note division used for this fast up strum?

The strumming pattern is So far I have this, I just cant figure out how to add that up strum as a "transition strum" if you will. Sorry if this is a dumb question, I have no musical ...
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Playing Cmaj7 barre chord with root on 6th string

The chord diagram say that 5th string shouldnt be played while playing CMaj7 on E string. But, I couldnt help but notice that in an online lecture I have been following, all 6 strings are strummed for ...
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What does II mean in this strumming instruction?

What does the II above the numbers in the strumming section mean?
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Why do tabs show individual notes being played where the song seems to contain strumming?

I'm new to guitar, and as an early project I've been trying to learn the classic Good Riddance by Green Day. Have a look at this tab, which matches most/all tabs I've found for this song: e|----------...
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guitar picking noise

Quick question! When I am strumming on my acoustic guitar and I record myself playing, I can easily hear my guitar pick. It almost sounds like when you mute all the strings and just strum but not ...
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Why does string strummed with finger sound different from the one strummed with pick?

What is the physical reason for difference in sound when using fingers instead of pick and vice versa?
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Strumming pattern confusion

I am not sure how to interpret strumming pattern in the picture. I understand that for eights it should be following DUDUDUDU structure but the picture looks like it doesn't make a sense because of U ...
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Sometimes when i focus my attention to strumming i struggle with proper fingering speed and precision

I'm fairly new to guitar and i need some help. First off, i'm playing an acoustic guitar. I'm not a beginner yet not a master. I've been playing for a few months, i know a few scales, a dozen of ...
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How do I do this kind of strumming?

I'm kinda new to playing the guitar and I found this video on youtube with tabs: I was able to learn and play to until the 2 minute mark on the song. But I'm having a ...
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On Which Beat Should I Do Down Strokes?

While practicing the DDUUD strumming pattern (on an acoustic guitar) with a metronome (set at 60 BPM) with 4/4 time, I'm confused on which beat should I play the up strokes. What I'm currently doing ...
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Which hand for which in guitar? (a complication)

I'm going to start learning guitar in the next coming weeks, and I'm wondering which hand I should use for fretting and which to use for strumming. I am left hand dominant, and have tendonitis in my ...
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What could be the use of this rubber band on strumming hand?

Having a close look at Kerry King's strumming hand on this picture from Wikipedia : Why has he a rubber band "pinching" his thumb, index and middle finger ?
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How to bring Ample guitar onto FL studio piano roll?

I have Ample guitar M II lite. I created a strumming pattern in the guitar plugin, and I want to 'bring' that strumming pattern onto my piano roll and play it with the song. I can't figure out how to ...
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Learning to sing while playing a syncopated strum

[This is a possible duplicate of How do you sing and strum guitar chords simultaneously? but maybe this question is more specific.] About me I'm used to singing (in a choir) and I'm learning to play ...
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Harmonising over strummed chord, has this technique got a name?

Today I was writing a song and I came up with some embellishments over the verse that I really liked. I was alternating over D and Am7 (open shape, usual x02010), then I slid the fretting fingers up ...
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How to identify correctly between 3/4 and 4/4 strumming patterns?

I am new to guitar and confused between strumming patterns. I know that 4/4 have 4 beats in it and 3/4 have 3 beats in it. I can't differentiate between them, e.g : 3/4 : D DUDU D DUDU 4/4 : D D UUDUD ...
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Proper ukulele strumming technique

I've browsed the internet and found a few different techniques mentioned. Generally, they involve either the index finger, thumb, or multiple fingers. Are all these techniques correct and just used ...
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A special playing technique for harmonics as seen in Sungha's Cover of Creep

I am wondering what Sungha is doing in his Cover of Creep at around 1m43s and the same at around 2m17s. It sounds like he is playing some kind of harmonic. In the tabs (for example this one) it is ...
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How to correctly practice right-hand techniques (beginner)

As many other people, I wanted to learn how to play the guitar for years and finally made the decision to invest time regularly in order to get to a decent level. I am using a quality acoustic guitar ...
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Strumming with fingers

Hi! I've been worried about my way of strumming: I strum with my fingers, and I always place my thumb on the top string. I've been told many times that it looks strange. I tried to strum in other ...
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Best way to switch strumming and fretting hands on ukulele?

Alright, let me explain. I have played the Ukulele for about a year now. Long story short, I accidentally learned to strum with my left hand instead of my right. (For some reason, I could tune the ...
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How to learn modern music with guitar

I am always wondering how to learn modern music like strumming etc. I've been playing classical guitar but never get in touch with modern music like strumming. I understand since I have classical ...
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Guitar finger style and strumming

I started playing January this year and find finger style easier than strumming. My question is, can I transform a finger style pattern to strumming, and if yes, how?
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How to choose the right pick?

How should I choose the right pick thickness and what are the differences between them? I'm using a 0.5 m pick for extra light strings, but I don' t like it very much. What is the best pick ...
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I don't know how to find strumming patterns [duplicate]

Basically, I want to play this song "Love Was My Alibi" by Kris Fogelmark but I can't find the strumming pattern. I have been taking guitar classes for 6 years but dropped out but I still want to play ...
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How to strum without hitting the body with the pick?

I play the acoustic guitar. I've noticed a problem with my strumming. I tend to hit the body of the guitar too much when I'm strumming with the pick. It's not very noticeable when I'm not recording. ...
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Struggling with strumming patterns

After practicing some elementary strumming patterns, I still can't get to develop any muscle-memory for it. I seem to be able to play short duration of rhythm that appeals to my mind, and perhaps even ...
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A shape barre chord up-strum issue

I play my A shape major barre chords with a double barre where the first and the sixth string is muted. My problem is that up-strums sound quite nasty when I hit the muted first string. Sometimes ...
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Right strings of Guitar

When I strum the strings of a guitar to play a chord, should I hit all the strings or just those I need? Is there a method for working out which strings I need?
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Learning to play guitar songs using on-line tabs - how to get strum patterns?

I am a relatively new guitarist and have been using online tabs such as this one: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/b/beatles/let_it_be_crd.htm to learn how to play new songs. While those tabs ...
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Essential strumming patterns/techniques? and the theory behind it? [duplicate]

I used to play silly led zeppelin and velvet underground covers. i knew all the vu strumming just because i knew the records by heart. i've started to get more into classic folk and country and nick ...
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What is this finger style strumming called?

I am learning guitar from last 2-3 months and i am just curious to know what is this Bailamos (Guitar Tutorial) finger style strumming technique is called?
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How to discover the strum of guitar tabs?

This is the tab I'm using for "Pogues - Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn tab" I'm using But what is the strum of each of the notes ? For example for the C chord is it "Down,Up,Down,Up,Down,Down" ? Is there ...
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Right hand technique used in gypsy jazz guitar

I want to learn the right hand technique used by gypsy guitar, especially that of joscho stephan. His arm is perfectly still but the hand is moving so fast, how is he doing that? Any tips on how to ...
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What are the reasons for using strumming and picking patterns?

From what i can tell so far, STRUMMING patterns are for two things, making sure the right beats are accented (because on the up strokes, youre only supposed to hit two strings) and keeping track of ...
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Real examples of guitar technique Wikipedia calls "polyphonic strumming"

While reading about unusual guitar techniques, I found this article on Wikipedia about something called polyphonic strumming. I had never heard of it before, and actually the name they use for it ...
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What does strum direction have to do with beats?

Somebody who teaches guitar told me that 1234 means down down down down, and 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and means down up down up. But why? What do these numbers represent?
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Finger Issues Learning Guitar

I am currently trying to learn the guitar been doing it for a week now , finger tips finally start getting those callouses but , when I ma holding chords such as c and I try to stretch my fingers to A ...
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