Guitar Noise Podcast #12 – A Slightly Different Strum


Hello to all!

We’re going to try something a little different with our twelfth Guitar Noise Podcast. I’m not even sure it’s got a “technical” name!

Basically, and for lack of a better way of putting it, we’ll be “stretching out” our downstrum – turning it from a typcial downstroke to something that’s more of a musical punctuation mark. It’s easy to do and allows us to vary a typical strumming pattern in an interesting way while practically changing nothing in what we’re doing.

As before, we’ll examine this technique and then combine it with different patterns as well as with other techniques learned from our previous Guitar Noise Podcasts.

As always, I’ll be walking you step by step through the lesson. And, as always, please let us know what you think.


About David Hodge

Since joining Guitar Noise in November 1999, David has written over a thousand articles, lessons, interviews and reviews. He also serves as the site's Managing Editor, supervising all content in addition to the continued writing of his own lessons and articles. In April 2013, David joined the writing staff of, heading up their Guitar Pages. And if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, David contributes to regularly Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He is also the author of six instructional books, the most recent being Idiot’s Guide: Playing Guitar.

Comments [7]

  1. Hey there David, I hadn’t been paying attention so this is my first realization that you’ve been doing a podcast. I’m listening now and it sounds great. Thanks for the time and effort. :-)

  2. Hey david, just wanted to leave a comment to say keep up the excellent work! I discovered this site a month or so back when i started playing guitar and iv learned loads! And these podcasts are great!

  3. Hey David!
    Good job on making those article.
    Can I have your email?

    I need to talk to you,seriously.

  4. Hi Gadlaw (good to see you again! where’ve you been?), Phil and Dave

    Thanks for your comments on the podcasts. I hope our future ones are just as helpful, not to mention fun.

    You should always feel free to post here, but anytime you want to email me directly, just drop a note at:

    Thanks again!


  5. Hello David. My name is Brenson and im 27 years old. I really appreciate your website and all your lessons. Just wanted to say thanks sir.

    • Hello Brenson

      Thank you very much for your kind words. Because things have been so hectic with my private teaching and writing schedules, I’ve not had the time to come and check the posts here on the blog all that much, but I wanted to say thank you for making time to write a comment.

      Hopefully as things start to fall into a better schedule for me, I’ll be able to start making Guitar Noise podcasts (not to mention all the lessons and articles) on a more regular basis. That is something I truly look forward to as I probably enjoy making these lessons for Guitar Noise more than just about anything in the universe!

      Looking forward to chatting with you again.



  6. chalkoutline says:

    Hey David!

    Great podcast series. I have been learning tons of great stuff.

    In this podcast you were trying to come up with a term to describe the “stretched out” chord strum.

    Is that what could be called an accented strum?


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