Matt Guitar

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  1. Loring Young
    July 27th, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    Liked your post—I’m trying to learn guitar and I’m older than dirt.
    Am realy struggling with the strum. Your post makes sence and looks very promising. I’m off tho the dark room. The most fun I have ever had has been in dark rooms. THANKS

  2. Kurtis Brenner
    January 3rd, 2013 @ 1:06 am

    Hey so i’m 16 years old and I am a beginner guitarist, and I barely ever leave comments. However I have been constantly struggling with strumming and changing while strumming. I dont take lessons but decided there might be help online, and let me tell you that this was the best article I have ever seen! The exercises are really helpful and the lessons are easy to understand, I had a great time reading your article and even indulged in a couple of laughs at your jokes despite my previous frustration at failing to strum. I got a lot of priceless tips and will take them into account when I play. Thank you so much for this article, I truly do appreciate it and it is making strumming a piece of cake. Again, I can’t thank you enough, have a great new year and I hope you continue to excel at guitar, you deserve it! Great article!!!

  3. Beth
    January 7th, 2013 @ 2:40 am

    Hey there! Thanks so much for this article! I’m 15 and kind of picked up the guitar off and on and never really learned properly, just finding a song I liked and learning the chords necessary to play it. There was one song in particular that I really liked but I am hopeless at strumming. I showed my Dad the music who is awesome at guitar and before you could say Boo he was jamming along like a pro… I was SOO annoyed! J/K.
    Anyway I can’t strum to save my life, or feel a beat but I started doing some of your exercises this morning and they really help! This post is so helpful and clear, and I can actually kinda feel a beat now! Thanks heaps

  4. Daniel Edet
    May 9th, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    Really, your post is wonderful. Though i don’t still understand the up and down strokes, but for, you post is one of the best i had ever come accross. If only i u can explain the up and down strokes in a more comprehensive way, my issue with strumming will be over.
    …good job!

  5. Rather Not Say
    December 6th, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

    I have been looking for something like this for quite awhile. I have not talent and no ability and but I have renewed confidence after seeing your web-page. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this for people like me.

  6. Mike Zmuda
    July 6th, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    I’m 48 and picked up a guitar for the first time about 8 weeks ago. I goal is to play with my daughter while she sings.
    I appreciate the lessons and articles. The tips, and writing style, are really well done. I’ve made a lot of progress in just a few weeks. Thanks a bunch.

  7. Abby M
    November 26th, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

    I am 12 and ive been playing guitar for 6 years and ive only learned about how to know what to strum about a month ago and this helped me so much I may be very young but playing guitar is my dream me my dad and my sister all play guitar and it is my passion to become something great I love playing and hearing the sound of my fingers slip off the strings and onto another to make something beautiful I believe I will do and become something great

    thank you
    Abby m

  8. Tushar
    December 31st, 2014 @ 5:05 am

    all written theory abt strumming patter was clear n good. bt i wanna know from u how to get the speed with changing chords quickly. plz help me

  9. Don Swift
    June 11th, 2015 @ 1:29 pm

    I’m a 66 year old trying to learn acoustic guitar. I’ve had private tutoring, group lessons, and of course, I’ve gone it alone, using books and the Internet, but progress has been woefully slow, especially when you consider how long I’ve been trying (embarrassment prevents me from telling you the duration).

    I consider myself intelligent, understanding the principles of music and mechanics involved, and importantly, the necessity of hard work practise-wise. But something was missing. When complaining about my seeming guitar-idiocy, I was given no more advice than, “practice, practice, practice!”, which goes without saying really, but I knew something simple, yet crucially important was missing. Now I know.

    My first inkling was being told of a female guitarist who, though using only one chord, was creating great music via the skilful use of strumming patterns. And it was shortly afterwards I stumbled upon this page and read, “You can only teach one hand at a time!”. This was the light-bulb moment, my epiphany. Now, just a couple of days since reading it, I’m happily following your instructions and finding practice more enjoyable because I’m making music of a kind.

    Your short, but invaluable advice, should be set in stone with a light shone on it, and made compulsory reading for all so-called teachers, whether they’re tutors or the self-taught kind.

    Thank you.

  10. Susan
    March 28th, 2016 @ 5:04 am

    This looks great! Thank you so much. I started trying to learn the guitar about 5 months ago. I can manage fingerstyle playing (enough to make tunes) but my strumming is woeful although I practice, practice, practice. Your advice is easily understood and makes a lot of sense when I thought about it. Looking forward to progressing more rapidly from now on. Thank you again.

  11. Paul Clemit
    August 26th, 2016 @ 9:09 pm

    brilliant brilliant brilliant! At last…someone who doesn’t write and explain things like someone who works as a rocket scientist at NASA.

  12. Jeff
    December 15th, 2016 @ 12:06 am

    Extremely Well Done:

    I too am about 5 weeks into learning, I believe that for the most part, that I have the chords down just remembering chords to finger placements is taking some time. I can play all the chords easy enough if i’m practicing and going in order, suppose that will just take time. Strumming who knew I thought once you knew the chords you were good to go, “NOT “. Strumming is where the trouble begins,then chord changes on the fly “OH Dear Lord” But your artical is the absolute best as of yet.. and i will continue Practise Practise Practise:

    Thank you so much for intel.