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Re: BC-136 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 1
« Reply #60 on: August 29, 2017, 02:02:59 pm »
I just started stage 3 last night. In order to practice strumming patterns before applying them to songs I picked the E chord and have been strumming along with the metronome (D D DU D). I find it difficult to stay in time. Any tips?
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Re: BC-136 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 1
« Reply #61 on: August 29, 2017, 02:21:47 pm »
I just started stage 3 last night. In order to practice strumming patterns before applying them to songs I picked the E chord to and have been strumming along with the metronome (D D DU D). I find it difficult to stay in time. Any tips?

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Re: BC-136 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 1
« Reply #62 on: August 29, 2017, 02:30:17 pm »
I don't know how much slower I can go. I started at 60 bpm haha
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Re: BC-136 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 1
« Reply #63 on: August 29, 2017, 02:42:33 pm »
I just started stage 3 last night. In order to practice strumming patterns before applying them to songs I picked the E chord and have been strumming along with the metronome (D D DU D). I find it difficult to stay in time. Any tips?
Have you tried strumming along to follow Justin in the video lesson?  I found that helped me to get the feel of the rhythm.

I saw your comment on the bpm ... maybe try speeding it up to say 70 even 80.  You need to hunt a bit to find the speed that is slow and most comfortable for you.  The slowest speed isn't necessarily the easiest when you start up. 

And as you progress you should improve so that you can stay relaxed and in time at a variety of tempos, say from 60bpm to 120bpm.

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Re: BC-136 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 1
« Reply #64 on: August 29, 2017, 03:22:45 pm »
Count aloud with the metronome 123and4 and goes between the clicks.

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Re: BC-136 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 1
« Reply #65 on: August 29, 2017, 03:27:41 pm »
I don't know how much slower I can go. I started at 60 bpm haha

How slow does your metronome go? Usually around 30-40bpm.

Start there. If you can't keep time slow, you're not going to keep in time fast. No matter how much you try to 'force' it. Playing fast hides a multitude of sins.

And what Stitch said.
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Re: BC-136 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 1
« Reply #66 on: August 29, 2017, 06:20:45 pm »
If you're just practicing rhythm (not changing chords), I wouldn't start below 60 BPM. It's harder to keep time below that. I'd start 60-75 BPM. Also, try muting the strings with your left hand, so you're not even thinking about the chord. Of course the usual, tap your foot, keep your hand moving, practice.


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Re: BC-136 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 1
« Reply #67 on: August 29, 2017, 09:02:14 pm »
The problem mostly is I get ahead of the metronome so lowering the bpm and I'll really get ahead of it haha.

David: I'll try following Justin in the video and see if that helps and maybe speed up a tad to see if it helps.

Stitch: I'll try to count along as well as following the metronome.

SiegeFrog: I am just practicing rhythm. Don't want to complicate things with chord changes yet. I'm doing all the things you suggest already (minus muting the strings). And I'll try to find the right tempo. Maybe 60 bpm is not my starting point.

I guess the key is practice and I'll get it eventually.
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Re: BC-136 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 1
« Reply #68 on: August 29, 2017, 11:28:31 pm »
If you're getting ahead of the metronome, then speed it up.
It's harder to strum slower, as you'll find that you need to pause your strumming hand slightly for each beat, instead of simply continually changing direction and keeping a continuous motion.

I used to start around 70BPM for learning new patterns. Once I could manage that, I'd then work on pushing the tempo in both directions.

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Re: BC-136 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 1
« Reply #69 on: August 30, 2017, 09:51:52 am »
What I sometimes do is to simply count and strum at a tempo that feels comfortable, then adjust the metronome to that and work from there.

Indeed, slower isn't necessarily easier!
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Re: BC-136 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 1
« Reply #70 on: August 31, 2017, 05:25:44 am »
Thanks for all the advice. Sped up slightly to 65 and counted along. Got ahead a couple times but nowhere as bad as before. I'm on the right track with all the helpful suggestions.
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Re: BC-136 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 1
« Reply #71 on: October 10, 2017, 06:26:45 pm »
So just an update on this. I started Stage 4 this week but really felt ready to move when I could use this pattern to play Three Little Birds and even started incorporating it into playing A Girl Like You.
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Re: BC-136 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 1
« Reply #72 on: October 17, 2017, 03:14:39 pm »
I find the foot tapping to be so helpful in keeping the strumming rhythm. I try to keep my strumming hand coordinated with the up&downs of my foot.

 

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