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Strumming Basics - Strumming with C and FMaj7 Chords

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Now let's try some patterns with the C and FMaj7 chords. These patterns are a little more difficult because there is a lot more silence between the strums. The more silence there is, the more responsible you are for keeping good timing during the silence.

Strum Pattern #4 is especially tricky. There is a lot of silence between the strumming motions. Make sure you keep your strumming hand moving at a constant 8th note rate. Even when there's a lot of silence, motioning the 8th note strums will help you keep proper timing. However, the faster the strum tempo is, the more impractical it might be to do all the silent motions. In the video, when I played Pattern #4 at a faster tempo it was a bit uncomfortable. If it weren't to demonstrate the silent strumming motions, I probably would have played it a bit differently. So depending on the tempo of the strumming, use your discretion when deciding whether or not to do the silent strumming motions.

Great job! Once you have these patterns down, I encourage you to go make your own variations. Use different chords, use different strumming patterns, have fun and be creative!

And as always, feel free to give me a shout in the forums if you have any questions. Until next time, take care!