Author Topic: Strumming problem when doing down and up  (Read 161 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Daviddds

  • Bedroom Rocker
  • *
  • Posts: 10
  • Good Vibes 0
Strumming problem when doing down and up
« on: September 16, 2020, 09:34:46 am »
Hi everyone i have a question about strumming angle. I know when you strum down you incline your pick and same thing for up strums but here is the problem for me, when i down strum and up strum and i incline the pick, do i need to strum in a straight line? I ask about this cause i have a hard time when i up strum (even if incline the pick on the way up) and a easier way for me is to go slightly on a diagonal and im not sure if is the right way

Sent from my SM-A505FN using JustinGuitar Community mobile app

Offline GregB

  • Pub Night Playa
  • ***
  • Posts: 164
  • Good Vibes 6
Re: Strumming problem when doing down and up
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2020, 04:39:35 pm »
Not sure about diagonal strumming but om up strums you don’t need to strum all strings regardless of the chord your playing so whilst down strums are straight down up strums are straight up and out at the end so you don’t hit all the strings.
Fender CD60, Yamaha 112V, PRS Angelus SE A50E. Katana Air.

Offline phx1973

  • Arena Rocker
  • *****
  • Posts: 815
  • Good Vibes 48
Re: Strumming problem when doing down and up
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2020, 06:02:45 pm »
I think as you progress and get more comfortable you will find that right angle of attack for your pick. I come in at more of an angle now then I did when I first started (more straight down back then). Good point about the up-strums. It can sound a bit harsh to up-strum all the strings, so I usually focus on just the thinner strings. A bit more of a pleasant sound. It also a bit depends on the style of music. I hope this helps.
« Last Edit: September 16, 2020, 07:50:22 pm by phx1973 »
Gear: Fender Standard Tele, Gibson Les Paul Junior, Taylor 214CE-DLX, Fender Blues Junior IV, Fender Mustang I amp

Online microsnout

  • Bedroom Rocker
  • *
  • Posts: 16
  • Good Vibes 1
Re: Strumming problem when doing down and up
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2020, 06:33:52 pm »
I needed to work on that angle of attack thing too (like flying a plane) since I started to prefer using heavy picks for all playing including strumming.  Thin picks were, as they say, much more forgiving but I didn't like the sound of them - like a playing card stuck in a bicycle wheel.  Picks were flying free and landing in the sound hole for a while but I eventually gained control of them. Not sure about the diagonal aspect...
Taylor 414ce
Epiphone Les Paul Muse
Seagull Coastline Cedar Folk
Epiphone Casino Coupe


Get The Forum As A Mobile App