Strumming Patterns For Different Time Signatures

author: Mezmerus date: 09/05/2011 category: the basics

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Hi everyone! Because my English is not perfect I won't talk too much. Fell free to use any chord or chord progression for the patterns. Count out the beats loud ( one and (1 beat), two and (2 beat) etc.) and start slowly. I add the strumming directions for the notes. I suggest to use the Am-C or Am-E chord progression because these are easy. Legend: H - half note Q - quarter note Q.- quarter dotted note E - eight note D - downstroke U - upstroke + - and for a beat (like one and = 1+) Let's start whit the 2/4 time signature:
strumming pattern 1.
|D DU|
|Q EE| 
|1+2+| 
 
strumming pattern 2.
|DU U|
|EQ E|
|1+2+|
 
strumming pattern 3.
|DUD |
|EEQ |
|1+2+|
 
strumming pattern 4.
|DUDU|
|EEEE|
|1+2+|
Patterns for 3/4 time signatures
strumming pattern 1. (e.g. Tenacious D - Dude, I totally miss you)
|D  UDU|
|Q. EEE|
|1+2+3+|
 
strumming pattern 2.
|D D DU|
|Q Q EE|
|1+2+3+|
 
strumming pattern 3.
|D DUDU|
|Q EEEE|
|1+2+3+|
 
strumming pattern 4.
|DUDUDU|
|EEEEEE|
|1+2+3+|
Patterns for 4/4 time signatures For this time signature you can play every pattern from 2/4 only you have to play it twice.
strumming pattern 1.  (2/4 1st pattern two times)
|D DUD DU|
|Q EEQ EE|
|1+2+3+4+|

strumming pattern 2.
|D DU UDU|
|Q EQ EEE|
|1+2+3+4+|

strumming pattern 3. (e.g. Linkin Park - The Messenger)
|D   D DU|
|H   Q EE|
|1+2+3+4+|

strumming pattern 4.
(2/4 2nd pattern two times, e.g. Avenged Sevenfold - Scream solo rhythm)
|DU UDU U|
|EQ EEQ E|
|1+2+3+4+|

strumming pattern 5. (note: this takes 2 bar of 4/4 not one)
|D   D DU|| UD DUDU|
|H   Q EQ|| EQ EEEE|
|1+2+3+4+||1+2+3+4+|

strumming pattern 6.
|DUDUDUDU|
|EEEEEEEE|
|1+2+3+4+|
For 5/4 time signature just put a 3/4 and a 2/4 pattern together or a 4/4 pattern plus one quarter note.
e.g.
|D D DUD DU|
|Q Q EEQ EE|
|1+2+3+4+5+|
For 6/4, 7/4 and so on just keep mixing the patterns from above, and feel free to experience. Remember to practice these slowly and count out loud. I hope this helped. Mezmerus
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