RHYTHM GUITAR 013: Folk Strumming (no pick)

September 07, 2018:
Folk Strumming (no pick)

 NEW  The 13th lesson of "Rhythm Guitar" covers open hand folk strumming. Examples of the most popular folk guitar strums are demonstrated. Accenting down-beats and developing 8th and 16th feel is our focus.

The lesson 13 material is organized around 2/4 and 4/4 time with examples of basic folk strumming, down-beat accent 8th-note strumming, Irish 16th-note folk strumming, (fiddle style), and American Folk /Country strumming, (i.e., Bob Dylan).

A bonus for BASIC and PREMIUM web-site members are the (9) MP3 play-along tracks that will help with learning each rhythm example. 

Paid Web-site members (BASIC and PREMIUM), can watch the associated video lessons and download the detailed PDF handout, along with the MP3 clap /strum play-along tracks...

Join the member's area to download the PDF handout and MP3's. Study all of the examples with full access to both video lessons. Be sure to spend some additional time on learning the "Rhythm Jam Challenge" piece that I performed at the start of the lesson in the "Part One" video...

Watch the Part One Video FREE on YouTube:

PART ONE (free on YouTube):  Example one is a groove based in a time signature of 2/4 time and it applies a feel that is quite popular to folk music, (the accented bass-note). This strong root-note accent does not apply an alternate bass, but rather it focuses on pushing the root of each chord with greater dynamics.

PART TWO:  In example two, the rhythmic feel changes to common time (4/4) with a down-beat accent applied through a recurring 8th-note groove. 

In example three, a busy sixteenth-note Irish style strum pattern is applied (with a traditional fiddle feel) using small 3-note triads.

The feel is very steady and consistent with rapid open-hand strumming on three triads from the key of "E Major."


PART FOUR:  In example four, a steady sixteenth-note American Folk /Country strum pattern that resembles patterns played by folk singers such as Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Jack Elliot.

Our example of the American /Folk strum pattern applies an emphasis upon every down-beat, (1, 2, 3 and 4).

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Paid members can download the handout along with the MP3 jamtracks in the members area at: CreativeGuitarStudio.com



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