Strumming Patterns - Lesson Four
Continuing on in 3/4 time the next three exercises are similar in nature to exercise 7 a-d, but as we're in 3/4 time there are only three.
So Exercise Sixteen(a). The count for this is one and, two and, three and. So you're playing two quarter notes strummed downwards the first on beat one, the second on beat two, followed by two eighth notes, the first one strummed down on beat three and the second strummed up on the [and] of beat three.
Following on with 16(b) we're moving the [and] up strum to beat two rather than beat three. So you get a down strum on beat on, another on beat two followed by an up strum on the [and] of beat two followed by another down strum on beat three.
As before this final exercise in this set of three moves the [and] up strum to beat one. So a down strum on beat one followed by an up strum on the [and] of beat one, followed by a down strum on beat two and another down strum on beat three.
Ok on to Exercise Seventeen
This exercise is similar to the previous three but we're doing two sets of eighth notes on beats one and two, one [and], two [and], three.
This time it's simply one down strum on each beat followed by an up strum on the [and] of each beat. One [and], two [and], three [and].
As usual that your timing is consistent and smooth and your chords ring out loud and clear (if you haven't already you will get fed up with me saying that, but it's soooooo important).
Now for Exercise Nineteen
This time we've got the eighth notes on beats one and three, so one [and], two, three [and].
Finally for this set of exercises you get to Exercise Twenty
This is similar in concept to Exercise 11 in that you don't play the down strum on beat two but let the [and] from beat one ring through to the [and] of beat two. As before this doesn't mean that you stop your strumming hand moving for beat two, just that you don't hit the strings on the way down to play the up strum for the [and] of beat two.
More 3/4 (and even 6/8) patterns in the next lesson.
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