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How to Play Strum Pattern #5 on Guitar

Learn how to play strum pattern #5 in this Howcast video for beginner guitar players.


Okay, so we're talking about waltz time now for strumming, right? So it's different than all the other strums we've done already. It's got a whole different feeling to it, right? It sound like this. One, two, three. One, two, three. That's what the music sounds like. One, two, three.

Right? So what we can do to fill out that strum is to go like this, down, down, up, down. Down, down, up, down. I'm going one, two, three. One, two, three. And if you notice, I'm putting a lot of emphasis on that first beat. Whenever you play songs in three or in waltz time, you're trying to make that first beat nice and strong. Right? That's what everybody wants to feel. The singer wants to feel that, maybe the dancers want to feel that, the drummer, everybody wants to feel one, two, three. One, two, three.

So how about we do the same thing? We put that to G and E minor, and C and D. Right? We've been doing that all along. Down, down, up, down. Down, down, up, down. Right? Then I'm going to move to E minor and do the same thing. Down, down, up, down. Down, down, up, down. Then we can use C, right? And then D. Right?

Now if I do it without stopping, it's a little harder, but it's going to sound like this. Down, down, up, down. All right, you feeling how that first beat is very, very important, right? Let's do it again. Right? So G, E minor, C, D, and then we can finish off on G. All right, so that's like your waltz time strumming pattern, right? Or for a song that's in three. That's very useful for that.

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