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Boom Chick Strumming Patterns For Open Chords

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This is boom chick strumming using the open D chord, and we're playing sixteenth notes. Sixteenth notes are simply four notes per beat and are counted 1e&a 2e&a 3e&a 4e&a.

We are using both up, and downstrokes with the pick, and there is no ghost strum in this one.

I'm counting along in the video, and you start on the count of one. Play the open 4th string with a downstroke on 1, then on "e" use an upstroke and try to get the bottom 3 or 4 strings. On "and" use a downstroke with the pick, from the 4th string down. On "a" use another upstroke. On the count of 2, play the 5th string open. On "e" use an upstroke, on "and" use a downstroke. On "a" use an upstroke, you're still playing either the bass/root or the bass/5th when you count the numbers, and strumming on "e & a".

This is not hard to do, you're simply adding in the upstroke that you were already making. Instead of "missing" the strings on the way up, you're strumming them on the way up.

Remember when played correctly, this kind of strumming still sounds like a drumset. The bass note is the bass drum while the strummed chord is like the snare drum. The added upstroke of our 16th notes is like the high-hat cymbal.

We're playing two measures of this, and the measure ends on "e & a", so after you count 4, another upstroke, then a downstroke. End on an upstroke, or start again on the count of 1.

Lesson Info
Instructor J.D. Jarrell
Boom Chick Strumming Patterns For Open Chords