How to Master Guitar Strumming

Strumming the guitar can be frustrating if you are not shown the proper way to master some basic guitar rhythm skills. Here are some exercises for you!

Improve your Guitar Strumming Technique

Strumming the guitar can be frustrating! Especially if you are not shown the proper way and if you don’t allow yourself some time to master some basic guitar rhythm skills. Here are some fundamental concepts that I want you to think about when practicing strumming!

First of all, mute the guitar strings with your fretting hand. This will allow you to focus all of your attention on your strum.

Keep in mind that each strum should be equal distance from the last. So when counting 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +, the count should be smooth and even like a watch or clock ticking.

Say the rhythm out loud, slowly. Once you get the idea, try to do it in a seamless “loop”, without stopping at the end of the 4+). Once you get the hang of this, it should stream together like 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4

The last tip, when the strum calls for a space or void, your hand should still move as if it were going to hit the strings. If you do this, your down strums will always be where your downbeats are. Identically, your up strums will be where your upbeats are. Get it?

Guitar Strumming Exercises

For the following exercises, keep the following in mind. The numbers will always represent “down strums” (strumming towards the floor), while the “+” symbol (the “and” of the beat) will always be “up strums”. This is the key to good strumming!

Remember to take it slow and don’t get the fretting hand involved until you feel consistent about the strumming hand. That is, with diligent time and practice, you will get really good at this! You can find some extra tips here.

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