View post (Knocking on heavens Door)

View thread

Mike Olekshy
Guitar Tricks Instructor
Joined: 09/21/10
Posts: 1,050
Mike Olekshy
Guitar Tricks Instructor
Joined: 09/21/10
Posts: 1,050
10/05/2021 3:17 pm

Hello Martin - thanks to dlwalke for chiming in here with more explanation.

When we say it's a "sixteenth note" strum, that doesn't mean we strum every subdivision. All it means is that we've divided the beat into 16th notes. So there are 4 subdivisions per quarter note.

I apologize for not being more clear, but dlwalke has the correct, more thorough explanation.

If you think of each quarter note, there are 4 subdvisions (1 - e - and - a). Each subdvision gets assigned a strum. So the motion of your strumming arm will be Down Up Down Up. That doesn't mean you're striking the strings each time.

For example - when I said DD (down, down) -- it means to strike the strings on the "1" and the "and" but the upstrokes do not strike the strings there.

Does this make sense? Let me know!

Mike


Keep rockin!
Mike Olekshy
GT Guitar Coach