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Waltz in the Key of Lonesome: Strumming

 

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This is the main guitar part you should know when learning this song. This simple part is in 3/4 time and uses boom-chick strumming. That's an oddity to many beginning guitar players since boom-chick strumming works most often and most effectively in 4/4 time. However, it's the way most old-time and traditional country musicians played. Therefore, to play this music, you gotta know it.

This section will also help you know the form of the song. If you know the form already, there's more time to focus on the technique of the strumming. Putting the two together can be challenging so work hard. Once you've got it, you'll never lose it.

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