Electric Guitar 101: Part 7 – Strumming patterns

This time in Electric Guitar 101 we're looking at ways you can spice up your strumming and rhythm guitar playing, including 4/4, 3/4 and 6/8 timings, how to count them and how to improvise your own patterns.

Check out the video lesson below and if you like what you see, head over to JamPlay.com (opens in new tab) for more online guitar lessons.

1. Introduction

2. Time signatures

3. 4/4 strumming patterns

4. 16th note groupings

5. 3/4 strumming patterns

6. 6/8 strumming patterns

Catch up on the rest of the series on the links below:

Electric Guitar 101: Part 1 - Your first guitar lesson

Electric Guitar 101: Part 2 - Learning your first chords

Electric Guitar 101: Part 3 - More easy open chords

Electric Guitar 101: Part 4 - How to read tabs, chord charts and music

Electric Guitar 101: Part 5 - Single string scales

Electric Guitar 101: Part 6 - Minor and barre chords

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