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    manish is offline Newbie
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    How to figure out strumming pattern of a song played

    Hi friends,
    Really I found this site with a great collections of chords, songs and above all those people who share their knowledge and experiences. I have no words to say about that.

    Friends I m very new to guitar I play some songs which I lernt from a teacher, but now I try to learn myself. I always wonder that how someone come to know that in what strumming pattern a song is played. It's ok that we have chords, but how can one starts playing with a correct pattern.

    can anyone help me out...

    thanx in advance...

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    huz9 is offline Newbie
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    am fairli new to guitar maself... buh i think the strumming pattern can only be identified by listenin to it very carefully... it could also have something to do with the time signature of the songs... the technique i use is as follow

    If i am playing Chord C then i would initially strum it both ways, i.e. up and down..


    Strumming on every count. Then i listen to song again and where i hear silences or pauses (they are very minor so listen carefully) i eliminate those strums.. for example:

    V^ ^ ^V

    Note: No strum on the count 2, 3 or + after 4

    buh i still move ma hand over the strings without strummin 'em so it dnt affect the over all pattern.. eg if i eliminate a downstroke "V" after playin and upstroke "^" ma right hand will be over the string forcing me to play a downstroke. therefore i cant play a downstroke straight after eliminating one so i have move ma hand at the bottom of the strings so an upper stroke can be played.. ma right hand would be moving up and down in a continuous motion through out the rhythm. This is called Syncopation.

    Hope this helps

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    manish is offline Newbie
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    thanx buddy, I will try this.

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    subheet is offline Guitarist
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    Hey Manish !
    I am new too but an advise that u can play the song in any software that supports
    Voice Cancellation or Vocal Masking & also by varying the playing speed.. That will help u get the strum pattern by listenibg it carefully.
    Also many members hav recorded their songs and strumming patterns & uploaded on Soundclick. chk out that too.

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    Arre yaar the simplest way is to listen to it carefully and try to play with the song accurately. You do not need to be too much theoritical every time! - Home for Gadget Reviews



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