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joannefaith
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I wasn't sure weather to put this here on in the lessons forum, but I'll start with just this basic question:

How do I go about reading strumming patterns? I'm looking at the first one here:

https://www.guitarnoise.com/lessons/man-on-the-moon/

Thank you :)


   
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Vic Lewis VL
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The way I always imagine them is like this:

Take, for instance, the suggested strumming pattern at the start of the "Strumming and verses" part of the lesson.

D DU UD. Now imagine you're strumming a nice steady rhythm; down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up. On the first downstroke, hit the strings; miss them on the upstroke. Hit them on the next downstroke AND the next upstroke, then miss the downstroke. Finally, hit the strings on the upstroke and the downstroke, miss them on the upstroke. Then repeat. So your pattern would look like this....(H=Hit; M=Miss.)
D - U - D - U - D - U - D - U / (repeat) D - U - D - U - D - U - D - U etc.
H - M - H - H - M - H - H - M / (repeat) H - M - H - H - M - H - H - M etc.

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


   
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joannefaith
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I see, thank you. :)

Regarding the note shapes, is there anything I need to pay attention to there when practicing this strumming pattern with this song? I am aware of what the note shapes are indicative of (timing) but I'm not sure if they're incorporated into the strumming pattern itself.


   
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David Hodge
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Rather than write most of it over again, take a look at the explanation in this thread:

https://www.guitarnoise.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=43183

Reading the note shapes will often clue you into the "pattern" of down and up. I repeat enough times how more important it is to count beats than to think of things as "downs and ups." It can become a trap for most beginners.

Anyway, I started a series of lessons on this topic that got sidetracked. The first one is here:

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

I'll try to finish it up in the next two months, spare time permitting.

Also, we go over this sort of thing a lot in the Guitar Noise Podcasts (link in the banner at the top of each page), so you might want to give those a go if you've not done so already.

A belated welcome to Guitar Noise, by the way. Looking forward to seeing you on the Forum.

Peace


   
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KR2
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I'm a beginner so I'm probably wrong . . .

but I think the mp3's got reversed in those last two examples . . .

or maybe it was the music/tabs that got reversed.

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

It's the rock that gives the stream its music . . . and the stream that gives the rock its roll.


   
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David Hodge
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yes, they did! And hopefully will be fixed very soon.

Peace


   
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