#1
Are you supposed to hit all strings too when sturmming upwards? I usually only hit the few on the bottom(bottom 2,3 or 4th strings depending on chord) but rarely hit them all. I think it sounds better this way.
#2
It depends on the song and the strumming pattern. Mostly I don't hit all strings upwards unless you can sorta tell that the whole 6 strings (or however many) are being strummed. Listen to the song and do it your way, or if it's your own song do what you like
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#3
yeah your supposed to
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You can't make that kind of statement.

You just hit the strings according to wear your fingers are placed, (in other words, the chord). Although some songs will just hit a few of the strings. It sounds the same as strumming all 6 strings at the same time up, as it does down.
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^ I believe that is a joke, so he can make that kind of statement. its rather funny, lol.
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#6
Didn't you guys know that there are concrete rules for playing guitar which you must adhere to. Yes you must play all strings when strumming up. You have no choice, don't and the nuns from the local guitar school will wack you good.

Seriously, you pretty much answered your own question when you said that to you it sounded better the way you were playing it. well thats it then, there are no rules. Like Xplozive said, listen and do it your way.

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#7
It depends what song your playing, and if you're writing your own song it's completely up to you.

General rule of thumb is, if it sounds good do it.
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It depends what song your playing, and if you're writing your own song it's completely up to you.

General rule of thumb is, if it sounds good do it.


That's gotta be the best part about guitar, even though there are guidelines, there are no rules. You can do whatever the F you want. It's awesome Make something your own style if you can!
#9
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You just hit the strings according to wear your fingers are placed, (in other words, the chord). Although some songs will just hit a few of the strings. It sounds the same as strumming all 6 strings at the same time up, as it does down.



okay... there are two reasons for strumming upwards, first, to fill in the off beat, and to play the higher notes first. why are you even telling people what to do when you cant even hear that in down strumming you easily hear the bass notes before the top ones?

and to dispel any confusion with this, when you only hit a few of the strings, you're only playing part of the chord, therefor only the part of the harmony dictated by you. for example; if you take a barre chord, and only hit the top three strings, you get an inverted chord, as you get the fifth step of the chord as the bass note, and that sound entirely different than if you play the whole thing, it's just ear training, and it is just doing what you want with your guitar.

another example of that, if you're to play an open F major chord in E standard tuning, you only play the top four strings. it doesn't include the use of the bass root and fifth, or else it would be a barre chord

hope that helped.
#10
you must understand the way the harmonies work, and it will then teach you everything you need to know about chords, which is actually called playing notes harmonically, as oppose to playing noes melodically (one at a time)
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okay... there are two reasons for strumming upwards, first, to fill in the off beat, and to play the higher notes first. why are you even telling people what to do when you cant even hear that in down strumming you easily hear the bass notes before the top ones?

and to dispel any confusion with this, when you only hit a few of the strings, you're only playing part of the chord, therefor only the part of the harmony dictated by you. for example; if you take a barre chord, and only hit the top three strings, you get an inverted chord, as you get the fifth step of the chord as the bass note, and that sound entirely different than if you play the whole thing, it's just ear training, and it is just doing what you want with your guitar.

another example of that, if you're to play an open F major chord in E standard tuning, you only play the top four strings. it doesn't include the use of the bass root and fifth, or else it would be a barre chord

hope that helped.



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