Dock of the Bay Strumming Pattern


jimk8882
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I would appreciate some help in understanding the strumming pattern used in the song Dock of the Bay ( https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=19777&s_id=1543 ).

In the verses, and elsewhere, there are parenthesis around each of the notes for certain strums as does the fingering in the tabulature. If counting, it appears as 1 2 (&) (e) 3 & 4 &. When I watch and listen to the video, I can see and hear that the instructor is doing something but I can't figure out exactly what he is doing. I have tried playing the video at its slowest speed and still can't figure it out. Unfortuantely, the instructor did not explain this in the lesson on the acoustic verse.

Please advise.

Jim


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ChristopherSchlegel
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Originally Posted by: jimk8882

In the verses, and elsewhere, there are parenthesis around each of the notes for certain strums as does the fingering in the tabulature. If counting, it appears as 1 2 (&) (e) 3 & 4 &.

[p]Those are very lightly strummed 1/16th notes. Lee tightens his strumming pattern considerably on those 1/16th notes. On most beats he is strumming more from the elbow, but he switches to strumming from the wrist for that beat.

If it helps you can just avoid doing the all those 1/16th notes & play a simpler pattern of 1/8th notes. After all, those 1/16th notes only happen on the 2nd beat. So you could just play a strumming rhythm like the intro section of the song.

This tutorial by Anders on strumming 1/16th patterns might be helpful in learning how to do it.

https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=29257&s_id=2486

Hope that helps!


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jimk8882
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Chris, thank you for clearing that up for me. Now I just need to learn to do those 2 strums lightly! Always a new skill to learn.

Thanks,

Jim


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ChristopherSchlegel
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Originally Posted by: jimk8882

Chris, thank you for clearing that up for me. Now I just need to learn to do those 2 strums lightly! Always a new skill to learn.

You're welcome! Best of success with it!


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