In my last blog you were shown how to play crotchets/quavers/semi-quavers and how to count + strum them.
Now what you want to be able to do is have a mixture of these rhythms to increase variety.
A common strumming pattern that I teach in lessons and seems to come up time and time again is the Down, Down, Down, up pattern.
This pattern is a 2 beat pattern that’s repeated twice in every bar (of 4 beats) and is a really good one to start changing between 2 chords in 1 bar.
Here it is below:
Now as you can see beats 1 + 3 are crotchets and last for 1 beat.
beats 2 and 4 are made up of 3 notes each.
Now the first half of beat 2 is a quaver so that should be counted as ‘2’
the second part of that beat is 2 semi-quavers so this would be the ‘+ A’ of the beat.
So you’d count this as ‘2 + A’
You wouldn’t need to count the ‘E’ in beat 2 as the quaver covers the 2 and the ‘E’
Also pay attention to the strumming pattern. This coincides with how you strum crotchets/quavers and semi-quavers.
Here’s an audio clip below that will show the 2 beat pattern alone, and then repeated to make the full bar:
So now you can play hundreds of songs that use this very common pattern. Take Knockin’ on heavens door for example:
and then part 2:
This song is great as it has 4 chords and repeats them over and over again:
Check this audio sample for help: