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Strum pattern for Lesson 4 practice?
« on: September 16, 2020, 09:53:54 pm »
Hello,

How does the strumming work for the lesson 4 song practice video?

Here's a screenshot.


So far in the song practice, the strumming notes have been called out with equal spacing. Am I supposed to be hitting EM on the upstrum after the downstrum for DM?

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Re: Strum pattern for Lesson 4 practice?
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2020, 11:04:42 pm »
G'day. I've had similar confusion before. So people can answer, please let them know what song this is & if you know it the time signature.
In any case, Justin mentions on occasion in lessons to keep the changes simple to start with, e.g. on 1 at first, then on 1 & 3 for 4/4 time. More correct/complex strumming can be added or revisited later.
BTW, I found all songs on app are counted in 1 2 3 4 regardless of time sig. Was really confusing me trying to play a 6/8 song in 4/4!

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Re: Strum pattern for Lesson 4 practice?
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2020, 12:09:14 am »
I recognize the song from the Justin Guitar Beginner Songbook (page 30, 4/4 time, capo 3).
It is 'A Girl Like You' by Edwyn Collins.

Justin provides the strumming pattern:  |D Du  uD|  (the up on the & of 2 being linked to the 3)

He says when 2 chords appear in a bar as the |Dm Em| the change occurs on the upstroke (or 'and') of 2 so yes you are correct the up strum between 2 and 3 would be Em.

I would simplify this pattern at first by perhaps playing the 2 chords on 1 and 3 or changing chords on the and of 2 and playing Em on 3.
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Re: Strum pattern for Lesson 4 practice?
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2020, 07:55:30 am »
Have you listened to the original version? That will help you get the timing/groove of this great song. Try playing along with the original version too. I think the app versions are very sterile and don’t give you a true feel for a song although of course they are a teaching aid and not meant to convey the true depth of the songs.

Justin also has a video lesson for this song on the website.
https://www.justinguitar.com/songs/edwyn-collins-a-girl-like-you-chords-tabs-guitar-lesson-bs-201
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Re: Strum pattern for Lesson 4 practice?
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2020, 02:35:26 pm »
G'day. I've had similar confusion before. So people can answer, please let them know what song this is & if you know it the time signature.
In any case, Justin mentions on occasion in lessons to keep the changes simple to start with, e.g. on 1 at first, then on 1 & 3 for 4/4 time. More correct/complex strumming can be added or revisited later.
BTW, I found all songs on app are counted in 1 2 3 4 regardless of time sig. Was really confusing me trying to play a 6/8 song in 4/4!

Thanks, I didn't know the song since I was using the practice video on the website.


I recognize the song from the Justin Guitar Beginner Songbook (page 30, 4/4 time, capo 3).
It is 'A Girl Like You' by Edwyn Collins.

Justin provides the strumming pattern:  |D Du  uD|  (the up on the & of 2 being linked to the 3)

He says when 2 chords appear in a bar as the |Dm Em| the change occurs on the upstroke (or 'and') of 2 so yes you are correct the up strum between 2 and 3 would be Em.

I would simplify this pattern at first by perhaps playing the 2 chords on 1 and 3 or changing chords on the and of 2 and playing Em on 3.

Thank you. It turns out I have been doing the strumming all wrong then, I was only strumming when the video indicated the chord. I'll have to work to improve my strumming.


Have you listened to the original version? That will help you get the timing/groove of this great song. Try playing along with the original version too. I think the app versions are very sterile and don’t give you a true feel for a song although of course they are a teaching aid and not meant to convey the true depth of the songs.

Justin also has a video lesson for this song on the website.


Thanks for pointing out the video. I'll listen to the song and check out the video.

Thanks again everyone! Super helpful!

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Re: Strum pattern for Lesson 4 practice?
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2020, 08:42:07 am »
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