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 Zeal
(@zeal)
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Hey,

So I been practicing for about a week, like 5+ hours a day, my fingers are ready to start bleeding lol. The RHCP, inspired me to get into creating music, and knowing basic notes and how difficult it is at first to switch, i realize most of the songs i wanted to play for them I wont be for a few months.

I did find 1 song that I can play by them, consisting of 5 notes, EM, BM, C, D, G. Only the rythem, but I like it. I just cant figure out, how to figure out the strum pattern of songs. I checked out the tab

http://www.911tabs.com/link/?6198023

The chords are Easy enough, BM was difficult getting used to but, I'd like to learn the strum next, then into chord changing. (Im doing it so I enjoy it)

So how can I figure out the strum pattern?

I've seen this guy make a Acoustic Cover, and did a good job.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M10OcyHrN3U

Is there like something im missing on the tab page that tells you the strum, or am I just supposed to figure it out?


   
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(@alangreen)
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No, you haven't missed anything. The tab gives you no clues about how the strum pattern goes.

As you've guessed, it's up to you to work it out - it's great ear-training. Start by listening to the song a coupla dozen times and try to hear what's going on behind the vocal; the more you do, the easier it gets.

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(@anonymous)
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well, listen to the song. strum when they do.


   
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(@askaguitarpro)
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When it comes to RHCP, your definitely going to have numerous songs with interesting strumming patterns. The best advice I can give is to listen to many of their songs (especially the ones with easier strumming patterns) and try to play along. Your ear will start to recognize those patterns and your brain and right hand will eventually catch up.

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 Zeal
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When it comes to RHCP, your definitely going to have numerous songs with interesting strumming patterns. The best advice I can give is to listen to many of their songs (especially the ones with easier strumming patterns) and try to play along. Your ear will start to recognize those patterns and your brain and right hand will eventually catch up.

Lol no doubt. Im starting to hear the pattern a little bit. I can play the strum along with the songs, usually the slower Acoustic covers on yt. The problem is I play the strum, muffleing my strings. Then I turn the song off and I completely lose the strum pattern. Its weird, I dont think about the pattern I just do it, and get into it, but I guess I just need to practice doing it for a few hours, till the strum pattern becomes second nature.


   
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(@peaveyusa)
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Try some Skynard songs. Be surpised how few chords those legendary songs use.


   
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(@anonymous)
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if we're mentioning good places to learn songs, bob dylan wrote every song in the last 70 years. might as well start with him.


   
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