Strumming & Picking Patterns

author: joetormala date: 02/27/2014 category: the basics

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Strumming & Picking Patterns
Strumming the strings of a guitar requires timing and picking to create the appropriate rhythm for a given song and should be learned by all guitarists, below are some patterns to practice.

Strum Patterns are (D=down & U=up) strokes with a guitar pick, thumb or finger brushed against the strings within the pressed chord(s) of a song.

Pattern & Tempo

#1 4/4 - DUDU DUDU
#2 4/4 – D DU DUDU
#3 4/4 – D DU D DU
#4 4/4 – D DU D D
#5 4/4 – D D DUDU
#6 4/4 – D DU/UUDU

#7 3/4 – D DU D
#8 3/4 – D D D
#9 3/4 – D DU DU

#10 2/4 – D DU

Finger Picking Patterns - T=thumb with ^ for thumb strum down of lower strings, fingers pick upward with i=index finger, m=middle finger & r=ring finger. 

Right or left hand finger pickers play strings as indicated in the tab shown with the Low(bass)e string on the bottom of the tab. (Generally, the thumb plucks the e, B & G bass strings, the index finger picks the D string, the middle finger picks the A string and the ring finger picks the high E string which are tremolo strings.)

Pattern & Tempo

#1 4/4
E------------r----------------------r---------
A------------m--------^-------------m---------
D----^-------^--------^------i------^---------
G----^-------^--------^-------------^---------
B----^-------^--------^-------------^---------
e----T-------T--------T-------------T---------
#2 4/4
E------------------r-------------------r------
A--------------m---^----------------m--^------
D----------i---^---^------------i---^--^------
G----------^---^---^------------^---^--^------
B----------^---^---^------------^---^--^------
e-------T--T---T---T--------T---T---T--T------
#3 4/4
E---------------------r-----------------r-----
A---------------------m-----------------m-----
D---------------i-----^-------------i---^-----
G----^----------^-----^------^------^---^-----
B----^----------^-----^------^------^---^-----
e----T----------T-----T------T------T---T-----
#4 4/4
E-----------------------r-------------------r--
A-----------------------^---------------m---^--
D-----------------i-----^-----------i---^---^--
G---------^-------^-----^------^----^---^---^--
B---------^-------^-----^------^----^---^---^--
e---------T-------T-----T------T----T---T---T--
#5 4/4
E-----------------r--------------------r-------
A-----------------m--------------------m-------
D--------------i--^----i---------i-----^---i---
G--------------^--^----^---------^-----^---^---
B--------------^--^----^---------^-----^---^---
e---------T----T--T----T----T----T-----T---T---
#6 4/4
E--------------r--------------------r----------
A--------------m-----------^--------m----------
D---------i----^-----------^----i---^----------
G-----^---^----^-----------^--------^----------
B-----^---^----^-----------^--------^----------
e-----T---T----T-----------T--------T----------
#7 3/4
E--------------------r-------------------------
A--------------------m------^------------------
D------^------i------^------^------i-----------
G------^------^------^------^------------------
B------^------^------^------^------------------
e------T------T------T------T------------------
#8 3/4
E---------------------------r------------------
A---------------------------m------------------
D---------^--------i--------^------------------
G---------^--------^--------^------------------
B---------^--------^--------^------------------
e---------T--------T--------T------------------
#9 3/4
E------------------r---------------------------
A---^---------m----------m---------------------
D---^-----i---^----^-----^-----i---------------
G---^---------^----^-----^-----^---------------
B---^---------^----^-----^-----^---------------
e---T---------T----T-----T-----T---------------
#10 2/4
E---------------------r------------------------
A---------------------^------------------------
D--------------i------^------------------------
G-------^------^------^------------------------
B-------^------^------^------------------------
e-------T------T------T------------------------
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