Guitar Strumming Patterns

for electric and acoustic guitar

Learning open chords is a good starting point for playing accompaniment to many songs, and with mastering a number of guitar strumming patterns from this lesson you'll be able to get your rhythm guitar skills to the next level and to turn even simple chord progressions into sounding great accompaniment.

You don't necessarily need to learn all of them, just pick the ones you like and use them in your playing.

But remember:

it's important to strum or pick the strings in the rhythmical manner keeping consistent strumming over different chords you play, you can use your foot to beat pulsation that will support the rhythm or use metronome or drum tracks for it.

To create the beat with your foot use the following counting:

  • 1 – the foot knocks the floor. And - the foot lifts up,
  • 2 – the foot knocks the floor. And - the foot lifts up,
  • 3 – the foot knocks the floor. And - the foot lifts up,
  • 4 – the foot knocks the floor. And - the foot lifts up

after the "4 - AND" go back to the "1 - AND - 2 - AND", and so on...

Pattern 1

The pattern sounds better when played a bit loose on the strum up and the lower string is missing the stroking.

Pattern 2

Pattern 3

Pattern 4

Pattern 5

In order to perform the muted strums, put the edge of your strumming hand on the strings near the guitar bridge, so the strings should become muffled, and while remaining in this position strum the chord in the direction the white arrows indicate.

It's in some way similar to the palm mute technique but the muted strumming perceived more as a percussive effect and you don't have to strum all the strings for it.

Pattern 6

Pattern 7

Pattern 8

Pattern 9

Pattern 10

Pattern 11

Pattern 12

Pattern 13

Pattern 14

This strumming pattern looks straightforward in the diagram, but be aware of the dynamics: accent the strums about the black arrows a bit and loose at the gray ones.

More Advanced Patterns

In the wider strumming diagrams I included patterns that are two bars in length. That's why the count is repeated twice.

Pattern 15

Note that some strums here are really short.

Pattern 16

Pattern 17

To remember this patter nmore easily, identify the sequence:

  • 2 regular, 1 muted strum - 5 times the same thing
  • After the 5th time, add 1 extra muted strum (the pattern's end)

See that direction in which you strum is alternate during the whole piece.

Pattern 18

Pattern 19

Although the pattern looks simple, it might be challenging for beginner guitar players.

Pay attention that there are three strums per beat, each of them is to be played by the same amount of time.

This rhythmic formation is called triplet.

Pattern 20


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Lee Says
March 20th, 2017 at 3.17 PM

Great information!!

Lee Says
March 20th, 2017 at 3.17 PM

Great info!!

Mir Says
June 14th, 2017 at 5.52 AM

Useful tips, Thanks

Paul Says
October 11th, 2017 at 12.38 PM

Super

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