Strumming

∏         Means a downstroke

V         Means an upstroke

>         Means an accent

Exercise 1

Count out loud (say the number and then ‘and’ for each + sign).

∏        V        ∏        V        ∏        V        ∏        V
1        +        2        +        3        +        4        +

Adding accents

Carry on counting out loud, but now add accents as shown by flicking the strings with a little more snap to make a louder sound.

Exercise 2

 

a)    >
      1    +    2    +    3     +    4    +

b)         >                            >
            1        +        2        +        3        +        4        +


c)         >                            >                            >
            1        +        2        +        3        +        4        +

 

Now make some of your own accent patterns.  It’s probably best to have an accent on beat 1, but try it without too.  Practice them until they’re ‘groovy’.  You can play two patterns one after the other too to make longer patterns.

 

1        +        2        +        3        +        4        +                        1        +        2        +        3        +        4        +

 

1        +        2        +        3        +        4        +                        1        +        2        +        3        +        4        +

 

1        +        2        +        3        +        4        +                        1        +        2        +        3        +        4        +