Starting the first week in January I'll take you on a journey learning various strums then cycling back and creating variations and understanding just what makes up a strum.

Strumming patterns will cover include: Quarter Note, Sustain, Rock, Light Rock, 12/8, Shuffle, Power Shuffle, Double Time, Gallop, Flowing 3/4, Ska, Bass Note Patterns, 3/4, Reggae and Broken Patterns

“A strum is the execution of a specific rhythmic pattern, in a particular style and tempo.

We'll explore the statement above and unlock just what is involved when creating a strumming pattern.

Note: Although this series of lessons are presented under Learn a New Strum Each Week. Take as much time as needed to master each series of strums before proceeding to a new lesson.

The Third Week's Strums: Quarter Note Strum Variations

Taking the Quarter Note Strum we start to sub divide the beats, creating instant variations. Also, I introduce strums indicated using standard music notation - which has been around for hundreds of years.

Lessons to Further Explore

The Second Week's Strum: The Sustained Strums

There are the combination of Whole, Dotted Half, Half, and Quarter notes that was typicality Music 101 in elementary school music.

Lessons to Further Explore

The First Week's Strums: The Quarter Note Strum

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