After you’ve learned a few chords, the next thing that you need to take your attention to is how to strum by improving your timing. In this article, we will be providing you with some tips that you can use in order to make strumming much easier.
Feel the Rhythm of the Music
In learning how to play the guitar, there are things that you call strumming patterns.
A strumming pattern gives people the idea when to go up or down when you strum. However, the problem with fixating yourself in such patterns is that you don’t actually give the rhythm that a song requires.
In order to perfect a song, you need to listen to it more than a few times and familiarize yourself with its rhythm. Once you are able to do so, try feeling that rhythm when you strum the guitar.
To be honest, seasoned acoustic guitar players don’t really rely on the strumming pattern, they rely on the beat of the music. Besides, it’s more fun creating sounds that way.
When you strum, the only thing that should move is your wrist and some part of your lower arm. You don’t have to get your entire hand to go up and down, your wrist should do that work because if you do so, it will just tire you out.
In addition to that, it is easier to increase or decrease a bit when you’re just relying on your wrist because you don’t need to exert too much effort on strumming. It would also avoid straining your arms from unnecessary movements.
Just Keep Going
Even if you miss a few strums every now and then, don’t stop. Once you are already in the zone, which means that you have already found your rhythm, don’t break it.
When your wrist slightly separates from the strings, slowly ease into it without having to break that momentum.
The reason why we want you to just continue strumming despite not producing sound is to keep your mind conditioned that you don’t have to focus on counting whether you’re strumming 2 ups or 1 down.
We want you to realize that this is a matter of familiarizing yourself with every rhythm and not just about flicking your arms around.
Don’t Hit Every String All the Time
It’s always a rookie mistake to strum every string whenever you are playing a song. Now, you don’t need to hit every string every single time because what we want to create here is an authentic sound and hitting every string could sound sloppy.
Knowing which string to hit depends on how strong or soft, high or low, a song goes. Hitting first to third strings will produce strong bass sounds which are good if you are playing rock or similar genre of music. Fourth to sixth strings are for softer and higher-pitched sounds.
There is actually a rule of thumb about this that you need to keep in mind. Usually, the first and third beat needs to hit the lower strings while the second and fourth beat should hit the high strings.
Well, you’ll be able to realize all of this when you’re actually strumming. Just keep in mind that when you’re having troubles, go back to this article and take note of the important parts when it comes to strumming.