Sixteenth note strumming

09 Mar

Hi there,

On a previous blog you were shown how to get a nice strumming pattern using just quavers, crotchets and ties.

Now to spice up your rhythm playing even more you can introduce sixteenth notes.

Firstly lets recap on how to count your various rhythmic values.

Crotchets last for 1 beat and in a typical bar containing 4 beats you’d count it as 1, 2, 3, 4 like the below

The symbol below the note signifies a down stroke

So for quavers these last for half a beat each and you’d play this as below:

So a typical bar of 4 beats would have 8 quavers and you’d play down up (the V sign is an upstroke).

You’d count this as 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +. Notice that generally we play a down stroke on the beat and an up stroke off the beat.

So now for semi quavers. These last for a quarter of a beat so in a typical bar of 4 beats you could play 16 of these in total:

Now you count this as

1 E + A , 2 E + A , 3 E + A, 4 E + A

and strum down, up, down, up for every beat.

The idea is that you are connecting a phonetic symbol to split up each part of the beat.

So on every ‘E’ of the beat you play an upstroke and for every ‘A’ of the beat you play an upstroke.

‘1’ and ‘+’ would be played with downstrokes.

So in the next blog what we can do is mix the 3 rhythms up and play Knockin’ on heavens door by Bob Dylan

Thanks for reading


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