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post Jan 26 2007, 09:44 AM
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I am really lacking in my ability to come up with unique strumming patterns - which becomes more obvious when I play my acoustic - If anybody can direct me to a site/link etc that will help me that would be great. Wish I could do more of the funk style of strumming but I'm lame

Question (Which I may not explain well) - I have seen strummin patterns(8th note Up Down Patterns) where they show a "tie" between a Down note and an Up note, Which means on the next up stroke you don't play, so the previous down stroke is ringing through the up stroke(ex - U D n D), but then I see on the same pattern notation, The "tie" not there and the staff for an Up stroke not showing either(ex U D D) which is saying to not play the Up stroke- I don' see the difference between the 2 but they are supposed to be different in some way. how these are different sounding - The fact of the matter is we are letting the Down stroke ring, and missing the strings on the next up stroke .

Am I making everybody confused or does someone know what I am saying and can help.

I am starting to realize how important good strumming is, and want to get better.

Pehaps some lessons as well as some training exercises , Kris.

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post Jan 26 2007, 10:38 AM
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Strumming is all about rakes and mute notes between the chords. They take you from complete beginner to absolute pro from what I've noticed. Practice rakes in between.
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post Jan 26 2007, 10:58 AM
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The difference between an upstroke and a downstroke in strumming is that you begin with the lower notes during a downstroke and the opposite during an upstroke. This causes a slight change in the overall sound.
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post Jan 27 2007, 01:50 AM
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The difference between an upstroke and a downstroke in strumming is that you begin with the lower notes during a downstroke and the opposite during an upstroke. This causes a slight change in the overall sound.



I sppreciate the info - but my question is understanding use of "Ties" usually notated as an arch between two strums


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