Learning Time Signatures in Strumming

Probably the hardest thing to learn on guitar is creating the rhythm of the song through proper timing of your strums. Start with downward strums and gradually work up to a combination of downward and upward strums until your are proficient in each time signature.

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Time signature simply means the counts required to be played in each chord before changing to the next chord. The / represents a downward strum across the strings in the given chords below.

For example, a 4 / 4 Count with applicable chords would be played to the 1, 2, 3, 4, count (equals the times you strum) in the chords listed:
C }C }G }C }
//// //// //// ////
1234 1234 1234 1234
A 3 / 4 Count with applicable chords would be played to the 1, 2, and 3 count (equals the times you strum) in the chords listed:
D }D }C }D 
/// /// /// ///
123 123 123 123
A 2 /4 Count with applicable chords would be played to the 1 and 2 count (equals the times you strum) in the chords listed:
G }G }C }G 
// // // //
12 12 12 12
A 6 / 8 Count with applicable chords would be played to the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 count (equals the times you strum) in the chords listed:
C ]C }D }C
////// ////// ////// //////
123456 123456 123456 123456
As with everything related to guitar - practice makes perfect. You can find time signature at the top of most tabulated music for any given song. Knowing time signature will help you develop the rhythm to your favorite songs.

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    djsdabest
    Time signatures aren't anything to do with how many times a chord is played in a bar. Simply put the bottom number is the length of each beat and the top number is how many of those beats are in a bar. I understand that this is a beginners lesson and it would make sense in simple songs but in more complicated stuff like progressive music the first statement simply isn't true
    bobricks
    Would love to see a video demonstrarion of each stum & icking pattern