The most common question posted on my chords is "Whats the strumming pattern?"
When I started to teach myself guitar, strumming wasn't a concern; getting the chord shapes down was! So, it wasn't until I really started to be able to smoothly transition from chord to chord (able to "sort of" play a song) that I found myself completely lost with the strumming. I would comment on chords "Please tell me the strumming pattern..." and guess what? Not ONE response.
After playing for months, the strumming thing just hit me. I finally got it. I kinda get why no one ever responded to me on strumming patterns. It's a rhythm; a beat. And it's kinda hard to put that down on paper, exactly what you're doing. No amount of, "Do this- ddudu... " is really gonna help until it just clicks.
When I first started posting chords, I always answered every question about strumming. I responded with detailed patterns to help and maybe they did help some, but for the most part with the pm's I received, they were still confused with strumming. It just hadn't 'clicked' with them yet.
Now, with over 120 tabs/chords, I just can't keep upwith all the questions and comments I receive on a daily basis. The feed only shows the last 10 raters/comments so unless I'm on here and checking 24/7, I'm missing some. I love when other UG members try to help out with posting their strumming patterns, hints and advice. Thank you!!
One of my favorite comments about strumming was from UG user yellowpeepzShe/He wrote -
"its much better if u find the pattern yourself. use the chords and start out with strumming once at each chord change. when u have that down nearly by heart, then do fill in the space with simple 4 count strums- or in some cases 2 counts when the changes are faster. you'll pick up the full strumming along the way, just take your time"
I loved it so much that I said I was gonna add it to of all my chords and yellowpeepz said "Do it!" Lol I think I'm gonna!! Just practice, practice, practice and one day you'll be strumming up a storm!!
I should probably actually learn how to follow strumming patterns someday . . . I can make up my own just fine but I've never seen the dduddu type things as very helpful xD Do those actually make sense for you guys?
Nix Azrael wrote on Dec 20th, 2014 at 4:39am : I should probably actually learn how to follow strumming patterns someday . . . I can make up my own just fine but I've never seen the dduddu type things as very helpful xD Do those actually make sense for you guys?
it actually makes sense to me and sometimes i find it helpful even though i make up my own strumming pattern pretty easily. it kinda gives me the idea of the speed and rhytm others use cause sometimes songs are not originally played on guitars so.. anyway i usually follow the ddudu etc. slowly one by one until i get and i often find myself using it later in other songs. But i completely agree on the fact it's much easier and nicer if you make it up as you go.