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
Guitar Strum Pattern #2: Introducing the Tie
Guitar Strum Pattern #3: Pop Rock
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.