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#1 Fred Itz

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 02:42 AM

Lets say a G chord appears above a measure of music, and it has 4 quarter notes in that measure. Do I strum the G chord once for each note or once for the entire measure?



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Posted 17 June 2017 - 03:10 AM

Fred,  Look at page 6 of the L&M guitar book.  


If there is a diamond in the measure that means you strum once for the whole 4 beats.  It there are 4 slashes you strum for each slash/beat.


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#3 Fred Itz

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 02:41 AM

Thanks for the response, but I understand that for slashes and diamonds. I'm talking about a song with chords and notes. For example, America the Beautiful on page 36, Do you strum the G chord on the first line for 4 notes and the D7 for 8 notes? Then on the second line the G is strummed for 6 notes and the D7 four? In the last measure of the song do you strum the G chord once and hold it for three counts?


Thanks again for your help


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Posted 20 June 2017 - 03:35 AM

Fred, not necessarily.  At this point we don't know what the strumming pattern is for those those measures.  You could do it that way.  It would be a little boring.  But it is 4/4 time and you have one measure of G and two measures of D7 so you could "strum the G chord on the first line for 4 notes and the D7 for 8 notes".  That would be completely "legal". :whistle:


But there is no strumming pattern shown.  All we know is that some chords are played all through the measure; some measures have a chord switch mid-measure.  We either come up with a strumming pattern we like or find the music (or YT video) that shows us the strumming pattern.

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 02:00 AM

 Since session 5 is an intro into chords I started out with one strum per chord.Then later I went to 4 strums per measure. The last G i played "Quasi Arpi" picking slowly through the strings. 


What was also  confusing was the use  E7 and A7 being used in the key of G. Then I realized this line in the song  was "walking through fifths". D7 from the song key, A7 the fifth in the key of D and E7 the fifth in the key of A.  A and E would normally have been minor chords in the key of G.

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 10:33 PM

Don't go looking for strumming patterns. Create something of your own. Strum once, strum many times, fingerstyle, and more. Try different songs in different ways to see what you like. 




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Posted 23 June 2017 - 10:46 PM

I look at the notes (if they're listed) and strum similar to the notes.

1/4 notes half notes, whole notes etc.
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