Questions tagged [strumming]

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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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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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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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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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 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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Strumming, picking patterns for unusual time signatures

If the time signature is 8/8 or 4/4 and let's say we have 8 eighth notes in a bar the picking should just be down up down up down up, etc. But what happens if we have 7/8? Particularly in the next bar....
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How to play chords on full fingerboard without looking?

Are there any secrets behind learning to play chords on full fingerboard without looking at fretting hand (except that practice is the key)? Maybe some exercises?
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How do you sing and strum guitar chords simultaneously?

In my experience with the guitar, I think I do best with strumming. But it's always difficult for me when I have try to keep singing while strumming. How can I learn to do both?
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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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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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Guitar Strumming and the High E string

I'm relatively new to playing guitar and I am currently learning on an acoustic. I am adding strumming to my skillset at the moment (as there's only so far downstrokes can take me), but I'm having a ...
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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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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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Getting stuck on an up stroke

Check out these tabs. It's for the song From The Sky by Gojira. The intro (0-0-0-0-0-0-3-3-3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2, etc) are down/up down/up strokes. And it's pretty fast(for a beginner like ...
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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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How do I play (and sing) a chord pattern song?

There are many questions I have regarding a chord progression so decided to use a simple song to start... Happy Birthday, since we all know it. C G Happy birthday to you ...
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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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Hammer on and pull off

Check out these tabs. It includes hammer ons and pull offs but I see a lot of covers for that song on youtube that don't use 'em. They just pick. Plus I don't know if the original song uses 'em ...
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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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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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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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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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How does this technique (Beat Tap?) work?

I'm trying to play this song. The part with the thumb slapping on the strings is quite difficult for me... He seems to perfectly hit just one string at a time (while beating the lower strings). ...
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How to play Rumba-Flamenco (Spanish rumba) style of music on guitar?

I want to play the rumba style of flamenco music on my guitar. What are some defining characteristics of this style of music? Are there particular strumming patterns that define this music? Which ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Exercises to speed up power chord strumming

I've been learning for a while, and can play power chord songs with simple rhythms (like Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Polly, etc). However, most interesting rock songs seem to have a complicated ...
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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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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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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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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 follow the lyric to strum in guitar [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I play (and sing) a chord pattern song? I am wondering how do I follow the lyric and strumming at the same time when I looking at the chords on the top of the lyrics ...
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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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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 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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How can one minimise the percussive strumming sound on acoustic guitar and maximise the notes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to prevent the noise my guitar pick makes? When we are rehearsing with the band it seems that the main thing that one can hear of our singer's acoustic guitar is the sound ...