Written by bookofjames Tuesday, 23 February 2010 14:52
For those beginners learner of guitar. Some simple strumming for you to learn.
First you need to learn how to read the strumming pattern below?
v = Downstroke
^ = Upstroke
V = Accent downstoke
Λ = Accent upstroke
All the notation below is in the form of one bar, 4 beat.
The different feel of the song give it different count. A normal 4/4 fast praise song will counting at "1 n 2 n 3 n 4 n" in a quaver feel. A normal 4/4 worship slow song will be counting at "1 e n a 2 e n a 3 e n a 4 e n a" in a semi-quaver feel. A 16 beat fast praise song will be in the same semi-quaver feel of a worship song (however it's much faster)
General rule: Use more of the arm when strumming in quaver feel and more of the hand and wrist when strumming semi-quaver feel.
The strumming pattern below are place in terms of difficulty, first 2 should be fairly easy and can be the first strumming you learn for fast and slower songs. The third moderate worship strumming need a bit of getting used to.
The forth strumming is most commonly heard for slower song. Not very difficult to learn after you master the previous 2 worship strumming pattern.
The fifth and sixth 16 beat strumming should take you quite some time to learn, most people will take more than 2-3 weeks to play it smoothly.
The last strumming of a more jumpy feel worship style can be a bit tricky, takes a bit of time. Listen closely to the feel of the 2 example song.
Normal 4/4 praise song strumming
Example of suitable songs: Awesome in this place, With You
Simple 4/4 worship song strumming
Moderate 4/4 worship song strumming
Example of suitable songs: All the Heavens, Lord You are always here with me
16 beat praise song strumming (1)
Example of suitable songs: Now that You're near, You're everything, All about You
16 beat praise song strumming (2)
A more jumpy feel worship strumming
Example of suitable songs: I could sing of Your love forever, It's all about Jesus
Note: There are many many different kind of strumming pattern, you can even form your own. The few given above are just for reference and learning purpose.
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