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(@mrlogs)
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Greetings again guys..Can anyone offer any suggestions to smoother, rhythmic strumming?..I can't seem to break this herky-jerky strumming..Can't get it to be smooth..rhythmic..Can't figure it out..Thanks in advance..


   
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(@slydog)
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First, do not get discouraged. I was in the same boat, and to a degree still am, but you'll slowly get it. Start with some of the play along stumming sites - learn the pattern slowly, then play along. Here are a few:

http://www.cyberfret.com/techniques/strumming/basic-44/index.php

http://www.accessrock.com/BeginningLessons/strummingbasics.asp

http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~desmith/guitar/acoustic/info/strumming.htm

http://www.wholenote.com

One of the things I've found most helpful is to stay relaxed and try to "feel" the music. Best of luck.

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(@mrlogs)
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Thanks..I have an ear for the music..transferring it to my hands is a different story...


   
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(@mrlogs)
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I was just watching Clapton play Layla..he just seem's to be strumming one steady rhythm..amazing..


   
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(@marshall)
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he's been playing steadly for many years!

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(@mrlogs)
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Yeah..I know..he just make's it look easy..that's all..


   
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(@marshall)
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yeah, now if i could just make it look that easy.....lol

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(@forrok_star)
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You may want to try playing lightly and with less effort, using a lighter pick like a Dunlap 046 (white colored) or a 060 (gray colored). I little thing I do from time to time especially if I'm playing or practicing with other musicians and they start getting to loud, rather than turn up to add even more noise/guitarnoise, I dampin/mute the strings or chord and practice the timing of the song that way. And have played for extended periods of time that way. Thus helping me improve my ability of using this technique to farther advance my voicings and timing. Plus I think its a great sound and can be incorporated into many things.

Which on occasions the soundman has increase my volume on the mix enough to add some great voicings to songs. Then theres the look on other musicians faces like where's that sound coming from.

Just thinking.

Joe


   
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(@mrlogs)
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Great suggestions..thank you!...


   
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(@metaellihead)
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I feel lucky. Strumming seems to have come naturally to me. Now, chord changes are a different story...

-Metaellihead


   
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(@musenfreund)
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I think it's also important to relax and open the strum up. Watch how wide the sweep is when acoustic players strum. Relax your wrist.

Well we all shine on--like the moon and the stars and the sun.
-- John Lennon


   
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