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  • So I know you guys know what I am talking about. :-)

    Posted by Rob503 on March 19, 2024 at 10:35 am

    Although I have many issues, these are the guitar ones that are bothering me right now. ( I am sure there will be many more guitar questions to come.) Number one do you have any suggestion on strumming, it seems like i am pounding the strings on both down and ups when strumming? Number 2 is coordinating and keeping any semblance of rhythm when doing the exercises.

    Loraine replied 2 months, 3 weeks ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Moose408

    March 19, 2024 at 11:57 am

    The answer to the first question about strumming is to practice strumming in isolation. Mute the strings with the fretting hand and spend 5 mins a day on trying to strum without so much force. Make sure you are just using the tip of the pick and angle it up or down depending on the direction you are strumming. Go slow to start (this is the hardest thing for me).

    The 2nd issue is similar. Try isolation by just placing your fingers without strumming, do this slowly for five minutes, then add strumming but keep it slow. Slowly increase your speed over time. I highly recommend using a metronome. If you make mistakes 3 times in a row then slow down the metronome. Once you can go 3 times without mistakes increase the tempo by 5 or maybe 10 bpm. Rinse, repeat. Depending on the challenge you may get up to speed in a single practice session, but more often it will be several days or weeks to get up to speed.

  • Moose408

    March 19, 2024 at 11:59 am

    I highly recommend the book. The Laws of Brainjo.

    It explains how the brain learns and gives other tips about how to improve both strumming and rhythm.

  • Rob503

    March 19, 2024 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you so very much. i will look into the book.

  • Beatrice

    March 19, 2024 at 5:56 pm

    Also, try to watch as many proficient players as you can (ie youtube) and observe how they strum, absorbing their techniques will have an impact on your playing too as you try and replicate.

    A common misconception is that we have to hit all the strings at speed when strumming. Try to brush them gently, keep a loose wrist, and target just a few strings at a time as an exercise.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by  Beatrice.
  • Loraine

    March 22, 2024 at 8:55 pm

    @Rob503 Strumming can be so difficult. Who would have ever thought such a thing? It looks like it should be so simple. I have a heavy hand on the strings, and it is something I’ve consciously had to work on to try and loosen up. I think overall, I like to strum hard sometimes with certain rock songs, but that shouldn’t be the case with the majority of songs I play.

    I have a disorder where my muscles are always tight, so I have a tendency to be very tight when trying to strum, and this leads me to have a heavy hand strumming. When I am able to relax a little, I find that I can ease up on the tension of my strumming hand and not have to use as much pressure.

    Try to keep in mind, it takes very little pressure from a pick to make sound on strings. Try to imagine the pick is a feather that you’re fanning up and down over the strings very gently. You’ll be surprised when you can loosely fan the pick and it plays beautifully, and the pick will glide over the strings so much more smoothly.

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