1. Rodney
    June 29th, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    Great Article. I have held myself back so much with being too worried with playing what the tabs or chord strum pattern says. Once I learned to just “let it happen”, i found myself learning more songs and enjoying guitar more.


    • David Hodge
      June 30th, 2012 @ 11:26 am

      Hi Rodney and thanks for writing.

      I agree with you – getting past the idea that there has to be a specific strumming pattern usually frees up a guitarist to enjoy music a lot more. It also helps them to sound more, well, musical! Playing the same pattern throughout an entire song sounds very robotic and unnatural. Just “letting it happen,” as you say, gives one’s music an organic feel.

      Looking forward to chatting with you again.



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