#1
Usually, say you have a measure in 4/4, and you have a dotted quater note followed by 5 eighth notes. Would you usually pick the first of the 5 notes on a downstroke or upstroke?
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#2
I've been taught upstroke. If you downstroke the dotted quarter, you'll be right in position and ready to get back to regular ol' up-down-up-down.
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#3
Well, upstroke makes more sense to me. Course, I spose you could upstroke the dotted quarter and downstroke the 1st of the 5 8ths notes. Not sure why you'd want to tho.
#4
I would probably downstroke the dotted quater, then downstroke the first eighth note as well.

But that is probably not proper technique
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