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(@rhymeless)
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I have been working on strumming patterns recently and I was wondering how to deal with accented beats. So far, I've tried to just strum louder for accents, but I think it gets a bit obnoxious after a while... I've had some success with taking off or adding a finger to get a slightly different chord and get some variety, and I think a pull-off/hammer-on could work too...

I can't find anything on Google about accenting (except for a few words about loudness) though, so I'm not sure how people actually handle accents on rhythm guitar or if they add embelishments like that... Thanks :)

(Oh, and hi by the way! This is my first post on the forums, but I've been lurking for a while!)


   
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(@dogbite)
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welcome to guitarnoise.

have you tried using a percussive strum to accent? a strum and quick palm slap gives a nice sound and emphasis to the beat.

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(@hyperborea)
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How about just hitting the bass note of the chord on the accent? Say on a G chord (300023) just hit the low E string and then strum the rest of the chord on the other beats.

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