Here is a new strumming pattern lesson for acoustic guitar. It is taught by David Taub with Next Level Guitar. This is an 11 minute video excerpt from Next Level Guitar’s “Acoustic Guitar Technqiues” 4 DVD course that includes over 8 hours of instruction. Highly recommended if you want to take your Guitar Playing to the next level.
One of the biggest challenges for many beginners is learning new strumming patterns. You can hear the pattern in your head and it sounds simple enough, but your hands will not cooperate at first. This is to be expected. One of the best things you can do to make things much easier is to Slow down at first. I believe beginners place far too much importance on speed when playing guitar. Do not fall into this trap. This is not a race. If you play to fast in the beginning you are going to develop very bad playing habits that are difficult to break.
Another thing to keep in mind, as David points out in the video below, is that you do not need to play any chords at first while learning a new strumming pattern. You can mute the strings and focus only on the pattern at first until you are able to play it correctly, then play it again with the chords.
Another important thing to keep in mind, that will really help, is your “Strumming Mechanics”, as David likes to put it. It is important to get your arm into the strum so that it pivots at the elbow. Many beginners will strum incorrectly by using only their wrists. Make certain that you are strumming all of the necessary strings. Many students will miss the higher strings as they strum because they are letting their arm sort of fall away from the guitar as they strum. David will describe and demonstrate all of this below.
Watch the free lesson below to learn more!
A big thanks to David Taub and the folks over at Next Level Guitar for sharing this lesson on strumming patterns. If you haven’t had the chance to check out Next Level Guitar, then I Highly recommend you visit their website to check out all they have to offer. They have over 785 online guitar lessons and for a small fee, you can become a member today! Check out my review of Next Level Guitar Here !