Funky Strumming Pattern

Here’s a cool lesson about Funk Strumming!

Hey, how’s it going this is Claud Johnson with Guitar Control, today I want to show you “New Strumming Pattern” and I love learning to strum patterns because they give my guitar a new different sound and the way you’re strumming is as important as to what chords your strumming.

Let me play the rhythm for you and then I’ll break down how you can play it and how to count it out. Basically it’s a triplet pattern and we’re using the principle of extending our notes into the next bar so just to give you a more basic example if you were to go back to our four count strumming one, and two, and three, and four, and then you take the second beat the end of that beat and extend it out so instead of 1, and 2, and 3, and 4, very common useful strum that I’ve taught and talked about in many of my other videos. Now we use the same principle but it’s in a triplet context, so the triplet is going to give it that shuffle feel that bouncy funky kind of feel.

It’s the same triplet feel that’s part of the blues, just count triplet, Triple T, triple T, Triple T, Triple T, or 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, then you tie your first and second beat together trip t, trip t, trip t, trip t so that’s your basic, instead of saying the triple-t I’m saying trip t, trip t. To extend it out you’re going to take that T on the end and instead of being on that third triplet of that bar it’s going to extend through the first and second triplets of the next bar and then you’re going to say as the third triplet of the next bar to end it off and get you back to the start

You recently do a one normal trip t, extended trip T’s, and then one more normal trip T which ends up like an 8 bar pattern. So far as the chords I’m playing all notes B7, a B7 bar chord that I switch to E7 which is my four chord and if you like you can add these all embellishments. Just kind of moving my pinkie wrap thing you could use any quarter you want, like, let’s say open C 7 if you really like it funky try that nine chords James Brown chord. It’s a cool strum pattern and I hope you enjoy it and if you’d like to learn more about different strum patterns and how they fit into popular songs check out my course ultimate guitar song collection which it’s a great way to build up your song around this work so check that out.


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