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(@amrajper)
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Hi Guys,

I am a beginner. Its been a month I am playing an acoustic guitar, I can play couple of songs and trying to learn more. I have two questions about the strumming actually! Lets say DDU DUDU. Now when I strum, my hand is not in steady motion during the strumming part, I can hear that I play chords pretty good but my hand is stopping and moving (NOT Steady). I have read on internet and have watched many videos, most of them says you have to keep your hand moving steady even when you miss a stroke. I tried to play this way but I am finding it difficult this way, and I am not able to play songs better by steady motion of my hand.

Another question is for the strumming pattern of specific songs. I am trying to learn a song these days which have DUU DUU D this strumming pattern. I tried to play exactly this pattern and its difficult to play it faster, I think I may need more practice. But I tried to strum it in my way while playing the song on the computer, it sounded better! So what would you suggest? Should I practice the specific pattern or should I just keep practicing my own strumming pattern and would it be better with time ?

Answers and suggestions would be highly appreciated.

Thanks


   
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(@davidhodge)
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Most players find it easier to strum while keeping a steady motion because the motion acts as an internal metronome, which helps them to keep the beat steady. This doesn't mean that one can't keep a steady beat without doing so, but many beginners (not to mention non-beginners) have trouble doing so.

A lot of the issue is owing to the fact that casual players often understand that all strumming is a matter of the count of a beat and that "down" and "up" are not really what they should worried about. We've a number of articles about that here at Guitar Noise. You may find these interesting and helpful:

https://www.guitarnoise.com/lessons/the-pattern-trap/

https://www.guitarnoise.com/lessons/getting-past-up-and-down-part-1/

https://www.guitarnoise.com/lessons/getting-past-up-and-down-part-2/

Or almost any of our Podcasts ( https://www.guitarnoise.com/podcasts/ ) will hopefully help, too.

Welcome to Guitar Noise, by the bye. I look forward to seeing you here at the Forum pages.

Peace


   
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(@amrajper)
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Thank you very much!


   
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