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Can't follow the beats

Post by suvarchas » February 24th, 2017, 6:56 am

I am learning guitar from 9 months and know all about the basic open and barre chords. But playing with beats in not making any sense to me. I don't know how to practise with beats or how fast or slow should I play strumming pattern to match with the beats. Need a starting point to practise. Please help anyone.

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Re: Can't follow the beats

Post by Alan Green » February 24th, 2017, 1:11 pm

Start by listening to the beats, and then play your chords one downstroke per beat. It gets easier from there
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Re: Can't follow the beats

Post by LessPaul » February 25th, 2017, 11:47 am

I actually recommend finding the chords in a simple tune like Sublime or Bob Marley. Play those chords in the right order 1 chord per 4 beats (measure) then 1 chord per 2 beats (half notes) then 1 chord per beat. Then finally play along with the song.

Hope it helps!

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Re: Can't follow the beats

Post by hthiew » May 3rd, 2017, 7:02 am

How about using a metronome? I used to hate using one but now I simply love it and it doesn't help me very naturally get into keeping the beat.

I written something about playing rhythm guitar on my blog https://playgoodguitar.com/playing-good-rhythm-guitar and generally my whole site touches a lot of playing guitar as a percussion instrument as much as a stringed instrument.

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Re: Can't follow the beats

Post by Biggles01 » May 9th, 2017, 6:42 am

I’ve only been learning for a few months but I’ve found the Justin Guitar app really useful. One of the things it has is an exercise for playing on the beats and a whole lot of songs you can strum along to on the beats as well. It gives you the strum pattern and tells you when to play the chord on the screen. I’m following the course and only have a few chords that I’m currently practising but the beat exercises/strumming songs are great. I already find I hardly need to look at the screen while I’m strumming to some of the songs. Must stress I am very much a beginner and I am talking about one strum for every four beats, but it does work and I can see how it will progress.

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Re: Can't follow the beats

Post by hthiew » May 20th, 2017, 7:54 am

Good job Biggles01

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