Adding Feel

Now that we've practiced the more mechanical and mathematical elements of the strumming pattern, it's time to look at the elements that make it sound like music.

One of the first things we'll talk about is your “touch”. This refers to how you hit the strings with your pick. You can use a variety of approaches for your touch.

These elements all make up our first hands-on examples of the concept often referred to as “feel”. It's one of the most important things to work on in your playing, and yet it can sometimes be really hard to approach. But these are some of the more concrete elements that you can work on to develop a great feel even here in the early stages.

Now let's try this out with our backing track. Remember to stay tight with the click, while you focus on the more human elements. If you find it hard to do both, you just have to go back and spend a little more time just practicing locking in with the metronome.
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