Bluegrass Strumming Pattern

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Hey folks,

Claude here…

Here’s a sample of Mike Miz teaching from the upcoming Bluegrass Guitar Secrets course.


And those 7ths, like I said, are, you know,
going to be in songs, they’re going to be
standard chords that you’re going to see
if you’re reading a chord chart of a
bluegrass song or you’re just reading,
you know, along with the lyrics.

You’re going to see a lot of those 7th
chords in it. And a lot of times even
if there’s not an actual 7th, like the
G-7th that we just talked about, you know,
a lot of guys, if you’re in a jam session
or something or at a gig, they’re just
going to end on that 7th chord and it’s
going to be an unspoken thing.

So that’s a real important thing to know
a lot about those dominant 7ths and get
into doing some soloing and stuff over
them later on.

So moving on. Another thing I want to
talk about, too, while we’re still talking
about this pig-in-the-pen style bluegrass
song here, is the actual strumming pattern.

And it’s kind of so ingrained in me, once again,
I don’t even really think about it anymore. But I
know for a lot of beginning players you kind of
have to get used to that exact type of strumming.

And it’s another thing that I think is going to
kind of give it that standard classic bluegrass
sound, which is…

As you can see, the basis of this song and
the basis of the strumming pattern is…

So the actual strumming, we could count it
something like this. One, two, three and four and;
one, two, three and four and; one, two, three and
four and; one, two, three and four and; one, two,
three and four and. One, two, three and four and;
one, two, three and four and.

You know, it’s going to be something like a
pattern that’s going to sound like…

That’s just a real standard, basic approach
to the kind of strumming that you’re going
to use over these songs. And a lot of times
that’s going to be sped up, especially when
you get into some faster tempos, which is
going to sound more like…

Once again; one, two, three and four and;
one, two, three and four and; one, two,
three and four and. If you kind of get that
in your head, that will help you to get more
of a grasp on the actual strumming pattern,
which once again, is kind of just engrained
in me.

The nice thing about getting to know those
things is after a while you won’t have to
think about them or give them any thought;
it will just come naturally to you. You’ll
hear it in your head before the song starts
and you can pick right up on it.

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