ALL the Strum Patterns

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In the videos, I offer up some song samples that sound good with each strum. Although not intended as song lessons, you may want to try your hand at the songs mentioned, so the sheets are available here.

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This is the simplest strum, and you probably already do it perfectly. But this video reinforces the concept of the Vital Element, and how it applies to ALL strums.

Even if you're a Single Strum master, do watch the video at least once for the underlying concepts.

Song Demo: “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?”


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Song Demo: “Don't Fence Me In”


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Song Demo: Song Demos: Mystery Beach Boys song and “500 Miles”


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Important concepts within!

In the video I mention a different way to think about this, but let me tell you what the chart represents.

The capital D, means emphasized downstroke. Versus the lowercase d, which would be normal, or unemphasized, downstroke.

To me, it's easier to let the emphasis occur naturally (as explained in the video), rather than worry too much about changing the actual force of strum–which can be quite a tricky affair.

Song Demos: “I Want to Be Like You” and “Lulu's Back in Town”

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[su_spoiler title=”06. Emphasize the TWO downbeat” style=”fancy”] After this one, you may be thinking, “These are really that different from one another!” And you're right; they're not.

But–they build on top of each other, with the goal of you being able to re-create these strums, not from memory, but by understanding the concept. The difference between strum 05 and 06 is very slight indeed.

The value comes from you understanding what they represent–that any beat in a strum can be left in or out, emphasized or not. And that you, the musician, have the control to manage all those choices, on the fly, within a song, to make it sound exactly the way you want it to.


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[su_spoiler title=”07. Latin Strum, or, The Eagles Strum” style=”fancy”]

This one of the major go-to strum patterns. Very suitable to many songs and styles.

BIG concept for working out strums: additive and subtractive thinking.

Song demo: Margaritaville

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[su_spoiler title=”08. Variation on 07″ style=”fancy”] First mention of “Say It, Play It”!

Demo song: “Sloop John B.”


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[su_spoiler title=”09. Another variation on 07″ style=”fancy”]


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[su_spoiler title=”10. Country Strum” style=”fancy”] Another go-to strum. Easy and extremely versatile.

Demo Song: “You Are My Sunshine”

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Because I rarely (never) use the No. 11 style, I've combined this video with the No. 12 style, which is similar, but much more usable.

No. 11 is worth fooling around because it really drives home the idea of what “up” is, and where it falls in the 8-count pattern

Watch to the end where give one more answer to the question, “What should I strum WITH?”

Demo Song: “Sunshine Go Away Today”

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