#1
Hey. One of the songs I've written is set up so that you pick the 6th string on the first beat, then down the second beat, then 6th string on 3rd beat, then down on 4th beat, etc, etc.

I've seen it in many songs but I don't know what it's actually called. Is there a name for this pattern? If so, then can you tell me what it is? Thanks a bunch.
Last edited by ianhulett at Sep 26, 2014,
#2
I'm not sure what you mean by "down on the 2nd beat". By "down" do you mean letting strumming a chord with a down stroke? Something like this:

-------3-------0---
-------3-------0---
-------0-------0---
-------0-------0---
-------------------
---3-------3-------


If that is what you are talking about, that is the most basic variation what is called the "Carter scratch", otherwise known by the onomatopoeia "boom-chick", which is the rhythm guitar pattern that forms the basis of most country and bluegrass guitar playing.

If that's not what you're talking about, could you explain it in a different way?
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#4
Neat.
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