3 Easy Guitar Strum Patterns for Beginning Guitarists

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Strum patterns are preset rhythmic patterns used by guitarists in all musical genres including rock, pop, and blues. While there are hundreds of strum patterns available, mastering a few simple strum patterns on the guitar will help your guitar playing sound polished and professional.

But be forewarned: Once you’ve internalized these basic strum patterns, every band in a 25-mile radius will be beating down your door with desperate pleas and invitations to join their group because a solid rhythm guitarist is indispensable to any rock band!

Guitar Strum Pattern #1: Quarter Notes & 8th Notes

Must Know Strum Pattern #1 for Guitar

Guitar Strum Pattern #2: Introducing the Tie

Must Know Strum Pattern #2 for Guitar


Guitar Strum Pattern #3: Pop Rock

Must Know Strum Pattern #3 for Guitar

 

Play-Along with the Backing Track

Don’t forget to test out your new found guitar strumming skills with the backing track. The backing track features a I IV V chord progression in the key of A major. In other words, the  band is playing:

       |A | A | D | D | E | E |

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brian Parham is the founder of the Rock Dojo in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches hundreds of kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years-old to play, perform, and compose their own original music on the guitar in after-school group guitar lessons. He’s also the author of three guitar method books including Guitar for Kids: Rock Dojo The Complete Belt System.

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3 Easy Guitar Strum Patterns for Beginning Guitarists
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