09 June, 2009

HOW TO determine the strumming pattern for songs (Part 2)

As promised, this is the second part to the post "HOW TO determine the strumming pattern for songs"

I hope this video has been of some help to you. So, if the song you're playing is in 4/4, try out one of the 5 strumming patterns shown in the video. See which one fits the song. Of course, you could come up with your own strumming patterns, as long as it fits the beat. If you have any other strumming pattern which you think is commonly used and I have missed out. Feel free to comment and tell me about them. Enjoy.


JC said...

Ah, I chanced upon an interesting post - strumming patterns.

Chord changes are really fast and I have to pause and replay when you change them.

During the whole duration of DU, did both the Down and Up strum occur on open strings?

Eg. G, G, G, G, open, Em, Em, Em, Em, open, C....

daniel said...

Hi JC,

yes, you are correct to say that the DU occurs on open strings.

This is where you can have that split second to change to the next chord.

You will also have to practice so that you can change faster between each chord.

Hope it helps!

andy said...

Hi, Daniel,Can you help me just on the 6/8 pattern, the video was too fast for me. I need to strum- IN HIS NAME, this Sat., and I could only do DDDDDD.
Could you divide the 6 different spaces for me?

daniel said...

Hi andy,

perhaps you can listen to the instructional video for the song "Grace Unmeasured". It uses the 6/8 strumming pattern. You can listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAXtrg6Ey94

kristian said...

referring to JC's comment, since the down ups are played on open strings, could you tell me which strings are played? i tried to play all of them, but they dont sound good together

daniel said...

Hi Kristian,

you can play the downstroke on all strings, but it will be muted because your fingers will somewhat be touching the strings.

As for the upstroke, you will only need to play the first few strings, not all six.