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Strumming Patterns for Specific Songs

Tuesday, 25th August, 2015

I don't generally recommend an absolute strumming pattern for a song as it's more important to get the right feel but for some songs it can be useful. I will add specific strumming patterns for songs as they are requested.

"Right Said Fred" by Bernard Cribbins

The idea is to introduce an off-beat kick within a two bar pattern. This is achieved by switching to up-strokes after using predominately down-strokes as follows:

A           D7       A              D7
1  &  2  &  3  &  4  &  1  &  2  &  3  &  4  &
D  -  D  -  D  -  D  U  -  U  D  U  D  -  D  -

Notice that the second 'A' chord is moved forward a beat on the up-stroke and this also helps to emphasise that the strum has changed to the off-beat until we change back to the on-beat at the following 'D7'.

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