Learning 3 by 4 Rhythm Strum
One of the most basic steps in guitar playing is learning how to strum. A beginner can move on to learning the ¾ strumming technique once the basic 4/4 strumming is learned.
One must know what ¾ means if they want to play a ¾ song with a guitar. Time signatures are 4/4, 3/4 , and 2/4. The clef sign is where time signatures are usually placed by. The number of beats per measure is indicated by the upper number and the kind of note that will get the beat is indicated by the lower number.
Chord patter ¾
One has to count 1-2-3 and use this count as a guide to strumming the guitar when playing a ¾ guitar riff. One can use the chord pattern; D-A7-G, when practicing the ¾ guitar strumming.
D-A-G-A is a 4/4 chord pattern variation. The playability of the chords is why this pattern is recommended. A player has the ability to concentrate on strumming and chord formation without prioritizing one over the other.
Depending on the player’s preferences the strokes can be varied when practicing the ¾ strumming pattern. He can alternate or use only downward or upward strokes when practicing to get the feel of the guitar.
“Down in the Valley” is a traditional song that can be used by beginners to practice strumming in ¾ time on the guitar. “Time on my Side’ by Jerry Ragovoy is another song that can be used in ¾ strumming.
Chord shifting is another important thing that a beginner should learn in 4/4 strumming. It is not impossible to learn but it does require time and patience as it is hard to do in ¾ strumming. There is no place in the learning process for frustration.
The important basic things one has to know in guitar strumming should be reviewed.
The beginner is normally in an awkward looking position when he first holds the guitar and tries some chords. Beginners will always look at the fret board putting their heads closer to the left hand so this is o.k. He needs to be able to play the instrument using the right position one he decides to get serious and learn more about guitar playing.
Playing the guitar in the proper position can be done with the help of these tips:
- Legs and arms should be positioned so that there is no tension.
- If there is tension take another look at the playing position.
- Never tilt the neck of the guitar downwards be sure to tilt it upwards.
- make sure the body of the guitar is as vertical as it can be
- you will be able to see better if you do not slant the top of the guitar.
Hold the pick correctly.
Hold the pick in such a way that the hand is free of stress if you are using a pick to strum guitar strings. It should not be held too loosely or too tightly. The pick should make moderate contact with the string.
You can shift into reading guitar tablatures when you are comfortable playing some chords and chord patterns. The musical notation is translated into readable symbols that reflect the way to play a musical piece using a guitar makes tablatures or tabs great tools in learning to play the guitar. The strings of the guitar are represented by lines in guitar tabs. You can see what this is all about if you place the guitar next to the tabs. The fret number that is pressed by the player is represented by numbers in the lines. To start reading tabs this is basically all you have to know. Symbols and signs make up the tabs beside the other lines and numbers. The type of plucking or string bending technique that should be used for striking each note is indicated on the more advanced tabs.
It is fun even though a hard process to learn how to play the guitar. If he still can not master the preceding technique he must not rush to learn more techniques. It has to be taken step by step.