Guitar strumming involves the act of brushing fingers over, also known as strumming, the strings of guitar. A strumming pattern is a preset pattern used by a rhythm guitar, which can be indicated through notation, tablature, up and down arrows, or slashes.
When beginning the guitar, you should consider taking up guitar strumming lessons to get the correct technique and foundations from the start. The first two things to learn in isolation are beginner guitar chords for the left hand as well as beginners strumming patterns with the right hand. This requires coordination for the isolation by combining two things at once. The basics require strumming and changing the chords at the same time, so by focusing on each one individually and combining them together really helps.
Guitar strumming lessons are a great way to learn the basics fast. You will be taught the first learned beginner strumming pattern which is four downward strokes. Your instructor will teach you how to have a big action, by moving your hand in a large arc, a big swing from the elbow, so the plectrum moves across the strings quickly. Your instructor will be able to teach you easy techniques to improve faster. As you move up levels you will become accustomed to changing chords where you can focus on making your strumming even. This involves being in time and holding the right tempo, which is where strumming becomes the most important. From here you will move up to strumming four beats on the e minor chord, followed by changing to the g chord whilst your right hand is in action.
There are various guitar strumming lessons available both in person, online and on CDs and DVDs. Firstly, Guitar Lessons Sydney with Luke Stansmore Guitar Academy offers private guitar lessons for students of all ages and abilities. They focus on music that has a contemporary popular music, to customise to your favourite tunes. There are various musical opportunities such as performance concerts, jam sessions, recording facilities as well as the complete lessons that balance technical work, music theory and song study as you improve your strumming technique. Located in Bondi Junction, you can choose individual or group lessons that are most suited to you.
Next, an online guitar strumming lesson can be found at online where you can learn the simple quarter note strumming technique and how palm muting with downstrokes changes your playing sound when learning to strum. There are online strumming instructors which will show you the right way to do the percussive slap on your guitar and the fundamentals of positioning your hand on the guitar. The key to guitar strumming lessons is to practice the correct technique over and over again. Good luck and happy strumming!