So I started learning I'll Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab, but I'm finding that I'm not able to make the strumming percussion loud enough on the downstrum. I use just my middle fingernail to strum down, but it's not as percussive as it sounds in the original version.

Watching other people play it, they seem to strum with more than just 1, but then when I try to do that, it's hard to accurately hit the note at the bottom on the up pick.

This is kind of a shot in the dark >.< I've been messing with it for a while now..
Use the backside all four fingernails on the downstrums. Use your thumb for the upstrums.
when you down strum, use your thumb to stop yourself on the next string for the bassnote you need to pluck. then pluck with your middle finger, thumb, then index finger.

it's hard to explain, but you'll catch on eventually.
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