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Offline GregS

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Strumming the right strings
« on: December 06, 2017, 10:01:32 pm »
I'm just a week into the beginners course.  Its coming along.  I get the fretting of C, A and E.  I'm nowhere near quick enough with my transitions.

But my question pertains to the strumming hand.  I'm not missing the strings that I need to NOT play.  I know that I'll get better at this with practice.  But does anyone know  any exercises that will help speed up learning to strum the correct strings for each chord?

If practice is the answer, I'm cool with that.  I'm just hoping that there's some routine or technique that will help.
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Re: Strumming the right strings
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2017, 11:19:58 pm »
But my question pertains to the strumming hand.  I'm not missing the strings that I need to NOT play.  I know that I'll get better at this with practice.  But does anyone know  any exercises that will help speed up learning to strum the correct strings for each chord?

I just moved myself from Stage 1 to 2 and have the same question.  There's no exercise that I've seen to practice this.  Hitting too many string for A & D on stage 1 and Am & Dm on stage 2 make every strum sound too much the same.  They all sound a lot like E.

What I've been doing is, during the chord practice at the start of the practice session, go really slow.  Not just make sure I hit the chords correctly with my left hand on the fret but to also practice doing it correct with my strumming right hand.  This is the way for me to recognize how each chord is unique and to hear when I'm going it wrong.


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Strumming the right strings
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 11:31:27 pm »
My advice is to practice it really slowly and purposefully. All of this is trying to train your brain to do it automatically. The more you do it correctly, the quicker you will pick it up. After a few months you won't even think about it. It's these things that seem the most simple that can create the most frustration, but they aren't simple. Don't get frustrated, just know that every time you do it right, regardless of speed, you are a step closer to it being automatic.


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Re: Strumming the right strings
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 01:27:26 am »
Are you remembering to look at your right hand?
How much of an arc are you swinging with your hand, wrist, arm?

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Re: Strumming the right strings
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2017, 01:28:23 am »
You're only a week in. Practice is the only answer. Go slow to get fast, and accurate.

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Re: Strumming the right strings
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2017, 08:44:41 am »
Practice, practice, practice. It's the answer.

You will get better in time as your strumming hand gets to know what it's doing in the same way that the fretting hand does (muscle memory).

Of course when your strumming gets up to a reasonable speed it is not so noticeable if you hit a wrong string once in a while.


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Re: Strumming the right strings
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2017, 02:11:25 pm »
That's what I figured the answer was, practice and go slow.

As I said in my initial post:

If practice is the answer, I'm cool with that.  I'm just hoping that there's some routine or technique that will help.
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Re: Strumming the right strings
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2017, 05:01:34 pm »
Practice pick, strum. Pick the bass note then strum the proper strings.
D chord pick the D string thn strum from the D down.
A chord pick the A string the strum the chord. Do this with all your chords.
And most importantly Do Not look at your hands. Use your ears they will
tell you if you are doing it correctly.
Remember practice make permanent, if you practice mistakes you are learning
mistake so do it slow and do it right.

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Re: Strumming the right strings
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2017, 01:22:31 pm »
Practice is key of course and I found 1 minute changes helped with the strumming hand about as much as the fretting hand. Good luck.


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