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The Art of Guitar Strumming

Photo by Justin Shearer While learning the guitar and the notes, and chords, some students find it difficult to actually play the chords of a song in a basic strumming pattern. To some it comes naturally, but for others it requires a lot of practice. I had to go through major patience levels to grasp chord positions, but I got through with the strumming barrier quite naturally. So this post here is not for the naturally gifted strummers, but for people who find problems in the DOWN / UP movement of strumming. (more…)
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Raise Your Level By Mastering These Basic Guitar Techniques

Photo by rocketjim54 Why is it that you simply love listening to a particular person's guitar playing while just acknowledging another person though they may be equally experienced? What sets them apart? Apart from being a genius, there are few basic skills which can be mastered to notch up your guitaring skills. I see beginners avoiding these easy techniques thinking it is very difficult to master it which is actually not the case. Wet your hands in it and you will realize how easy and rewarding it can be. The Hammer-On Technique This is how you will see it in notations: 5h6, 2h4 Hammer-On techniques sounds very pleasing when done correctly. Considering the above example, keep your index finger on…
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How to Read Guitar Notations: A Quick Guide

Photo by bennylin0724 I had been getting a lot of request in the form of comments asking how to read guitar notations that were alien to them. These were mostly beginners who had picked up guitar only a while ago and had decided to learn from the internet. So I thought to write a quick post explaining all the basic notations which will help you understand everything that is posted on this blog as well as all over the internet. If I forget something here and there, please let me know in the comments and I will update the post accordingly. So here we Chord Representation Here at , I have adopted the following chord presentation style. I place the…
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Lots of Guitar Strumming Patterns for Practice – Part 2

Strumming Patterns - Part 2 Here are some more guitar strumming patterns for you to practice. This is the second and concluding post in the Guitar Strumming Pattern for Practice series. If you haven't read the previous post, check it out. ROCK 1 | ^ , -^ , ^ , ^ | | ^ , -^ , ^ , v || ROCK 2 | ^--^ , v^ , - , ^ | | ^^ , v^ , -^ , ^^ || 16 BEATS | ^--^ , v^-^ , ^ , v | | ^^ , v^-^ , ^^ , v^-- || DISCO | ^v , ^v , ^v , ^v | | ^v , ^v , ^v , ^v^- ||…
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Lots of Guitar Strumming Patterns for Practice – Part 1

Strumming Patterns - Part 1 I had been receiving a lot of comments and requests for various strumming patterns to practice apart from chords. Many people find it difficult to grasp the strumming pattern just by listening to the song. For them this list will be quite useful. I got it from my guitar teacher long time back and it helped me practice strumming a lot even though I don't remember most of them! While practicing, keep a few things in mind: Your right hand movement should be from the elbow only in a cyclic manner and it should be identical for every strumming pattern. Whether you are playing the simple March or stylish Rock, to a viewer, your hand…
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