#1
I've been playing guitar for a few months and I seem to be strumming too hard. How does one strum .. softer?
#2
By strumming softer

Just relax your arms and try strumming to a really cheesy happy song to get in the mood of relaxed and chill strumming.
#3
yea, nothing wrong with strumming hard for the right song, but just don't hit them so hard if you want it softer
#4
If you're strumming to hard because of the fact you're tense, hopefully that will begin to subside with time and more practice. Tension will also tend to make your rhythms a bit jerky, you could use that fact for a bit of self diagnosis.

Sometimes when you switch from acoustic, (which requires a fairly heavy touch) to electric, (which requires a lighter touch), there's an adjustment period.

That said, you can put heavier strings on your guitar, these won't move as easily, so there will be less distortion. I like electric regular strings, (.010 to .047), instead of electric light, (.009 to .042), and these lessen the transition from acoustic light @ ( .012 to .053).

For purely rhythm based songs, you could also change the style and flex of your pick.

I use these Fender triangles, mostly in medium: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/fender-triangle-guitar-picks The length of these yields a bit more flex than the same grade would in a standard size pick.
Last edited by Captaincranky at Jan 21, 2012,
#6
I find that the amount of pressure I use to hold the pick affects how hard I strum. Harder you hold it the harder the strum sounds and softer you hold it the softer it sounds. That's just me though. I lose grip of my pick sometimes though when I hold it too soft haha
#7
Quote by danny_unleashed
I find that the amount of pressure I use to hold the pick affects how hard I strum. Harder you hold it the harder the strum sounds and softer you hold it the softer it sounds. That's just me though. I lose grip of my pick sometimes though when I hold it too soft haha

Well, call that an occupational hazard. If it weren't you couldn't buy straps with pick pockets. (Pun not intended), or stuff to put on a mic stand to hold picks either.

Here again, those big Fender triangles can save the day. Try drilling a small hole, (1/4 or so), dead center of the pick. The skin to skin contact makes it a bit easier to hold on.