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I’m very surprised at how many students don’t truly understand what strumming patterns are, or if they do, they don’t know that many. But it’s actually quite simple. A strumming pattern is just a series of downstrokes and upstrokes that occur on specific beats of each bar. Once you understand the pattern, all you need to do is add some chords, and there you go – you’ll be able to play a few songs.

Of course, you’ll need more than just a single strum pattern to play a variety of different songs, as one pattern alone won’t suffice. Different songs have different tempos and feels, which means you need to find a groove that matches the song; otherwise, it just won’t sound right.

It’s also a good idea to learn a few different patterns from different styles of music so that you can adapt to whatever you’re playing. Starting with folk and pop is probably the easiest way to learn. Once you have a few of those down, you should explore blues, country, rock, and funk. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes in your playing when you become skilled at various styles of rhythm playing and learn all the important strumming patterns.

Remember, you only need a small number of patterns, and once you grasp the basics, you can start to improvise and do what sounds best. In fact, that’s the essence of music. If it sounds good and feels good, it’s probably right, so go for it. Don’t waste your time learning a huge number of strum patterns because there are countless combinations. I bet some of your favorite guitarists only use a few patterns anyway.

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