Constant Strumming Technique

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Welcome to the next installment of our strumming exploration! This time we are going to look at something called the constant strumming technique. This concept is one of the keys to figuring out your favorite songs and coming up with your own wicked strumming patterns. Whether you realize it or not, you are probably already using this idea in your own playing.

The fundamental idea behind the constant strumming technique is to keep your strumming hand going even when you don’t actually strike the strings. This is the way that many of the great strumming patterns that we all love are created. Here is simple example of the constant strumming technique. Play a simple quarter note strumming pattern using all downstrokes. Just play any chord four times. Do you see how your arm had to make an upstroke without actually hitting the strings to prepare for each downstroke? That is the constant strumming technique at work.

Here is another example. Play a straight sixteenth note strumming pattern using alternating down and upstrokes. One measure of sixteenth note strumming should give you sixteen down and upstrokes. Now, I want you to play “down up down up” but do not actually hit the strings on the second downstroke. Do you see how your arm kept going with the sixteenth note strumming pattern even though you did not actually hit the strings on that second downstroke? That is the constant strumming technique again.

Play around with a simple sixteenth note strumming pattern, and leave out some down or upstrokes in order to come up with your own unique patterns that use the constant strumming technique. Try to listen for the constant strumming technique in some of your favorite songs over the next few days. In the next lesson we will take a look at how using accents in your strumming patterns can add a whole new dimension to your rhythm guitar playing.

This Lesson Has 6 Comments

  • Alex Kelly says:

    Very useful.

    • Daniel says:

      A tip, make sure when your picking the stngris never call them a string or e string because one day you will come across the g string O_O lol great job, love the videos

  • Gustavo says:

    Aw, this was a very nice post. In concept I wish to put in witring like this moreover – taking time and actual effort to make a very good article… however what can I say… I procrastinate alot and certainly not appear to get something done.

  • nathanael says:

    I sometimes use this technique when playing, its great, I love it

  • Lee says:

    Exellent strumming I found hard to get the hang of but after watching you explain I converted your tab for guitar pro so I have something to exercise with helping me keep in time thank you for making
    these lessons easy to understand


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