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RIP Dime
post Mar 1 2008, 11:12 AM
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This sucks because it's so basic, but I can't seem to get it. I can't seem to get good strong accents when I'm strumming, I can do it when I'm picking, but I just can't seem to to get it when strumming power chords, or just chords in general. I try to strum the strings harder when I know I have to accent but I barely get a louder sound, maybe I'm just strumming the unaccented notes too hard, idk.

This is killing me when I play with other people, is there any good certain way I should go about fixing this problem?


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post Mar 1 2008, 11:16 AM
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You found the solution yourself!

you play the unaccented note too hard, also a heavier pick will give you more dynamics


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post Mar 1 2008, 05:01 PM
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Maybe the way you hold your pick is too stiff?


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post Mar 1 2008, 07:57 PM
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Maybe your hand is too stiff? Try to relax your right hand completely, and only hold the pick in a 90 degrees angle relative to the strings. Also when playing chords use a lighter pick, and when playing powerchords with distortion use some heavier pick. This can help. Strumming chords with a heavy pick is not too nice-sounding.


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post Mar 1 2008, 08:06 PM
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Maybe your hand is too stiff? Try to relax your right hand completely, and only hold the pick in a 90 degrees angle relative to the strings. Also when playing chords use a lighter pick, and when playing powerchords with distortion use some heavier pick. This can help. Strumming chords with a heavy pick is not too nice-sounding.



I don't like to change picks when I'm playing, I prefer to use one 1mm pick for both lead and strumming biggrin.gif

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post Mar 2 2008, 05:11 AM
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Thanks guys, I think it was a combination of strumming too hard on unaccented notes, and my right hand was too stiff, I don't think I used enough of my wrist when strumming, I was using my whole arm on every strum, now I'm trying to use my wrist, and less arm to get a softer sound on unaccented notes, and using more arm and less wrist to get a louder accent. I think it's working pretty well, I just gotto get used to it, so I can get good accents all the time. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.


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post Mar 2 2008, 05:59 PM
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QUOTE (RIP Dime @ Mar 2 2008, 05:11 AM) *
Thanks guys, I think it was a combination of strumming too hard on unaccented notes, and my right hand was too stiff, I don't think I used enough of my wrist when strumming, I was using my whole arm on every strum, now I'm trying to use my wrist, and less arm to get a softer sound on unaccented notes, and using more arm and less wrist to get a louder accent. I think it's working pretty well, I just gotto get used to it, so I can get good accents all the time. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.


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post Mar 2 2008, 06:36 PM
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QUOTE (SinoMan @ Mar 2 2008, 05:59 PM) *
Get a tube amp wink.gif


I have a Peavey ValveKing 212, not the best amp, but it's alot of amp for the price, and it's all tube. wink.gif


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post Mar 2 2008, 06:55 PM
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Well, then just practice wink.gif


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