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There are many ways to strum but I am going to show the method I use
First try and get used to strumming all the chords we have used so far using this basic simple up and down technique
You want to be able to strum and change chords without missing a beat
(Obviously this is not how you would normally play a tune but this is to start training your hands and we are going to evolve this strumming as we progress)
There are a variety of ways to strum
Here we are going to use the forefinger ( index finger. )
This scale is movable so if you played it starting on the 5th fret it would become the A Major Scale, if you played it starting on the 4th fret it would then be called the G# or Ab (G sharp or A flat) Major Scale etc..
The Major Scale is the key to music, from the Major Scale you can find any chord, scale, mode or harmony. Also it enable the fingers to develop the skills needed for good solo playing, plus it trains the ear
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Study the diagram and video below and learn to play this Major Scale pattern allover the neck of the guitar, you should warm up with this exercise every day. You should know this pattern in your sleep
First: A quick note about the Thumb Pick
Now you will see I am using a thumb pick in most of my videos. You can get one at any good music store or on line. The Thumb Pick is a very useful tool for guitarists
With it you can play most styles of music, it is not as limiting as the ordinary flat pick (plectrum)
You do not have to use a thumb pick but if you are using a thumb pick, only use the tip of it, yes they can take a bit of time to feel comfortable with
Note: I do not usually strum with the thumb pick except for rock or power chords
Use the back of the finger so the nail strums down across all 6 strings gently from bass to treble
Use the front of the finger to strum up across all 6 strings from the treble to bass
Just get used to gently strumming up and down across all strings keeping the strumming hand as relaxed as possible.
Try and keep time 1. &. 2. &. 3. &. etc.
Try the strum with a chord such as A minor as shown below. Later try strumming & changing to other chords
The G Major Scale -