Adding A Better Strum - Riff Ninja Academy

Adding A Better Strum

In this lesson, we’ll build on what you’ve learned already, and add a more interesting strum pattern so this progression begins to sound more like a song.

If you need a refresher on the chords, those diagrams are down below as well.

If you’ve got questions or comments, please leave them down below. If you’re ready to take your guitar playing to the next level, checkout the Definitive Beginner’s Guide To Acoustic Guitar.

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Andrew.moore. MOORE Reply

well that was good nice to get a proper strum from a good instructor Thank you sir.Andy

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Michael Walker Reply

Sounds good on mine

gman Reply

Collin, thanks man! You do it so well, even an ol’ man like me can make it sound good!

Erdogan Reply

Collin thank you sooooo much that was good many thanks.

Ethel Lee Johnson Reply

Yay I learned something new. I went from the simple strum into the more advanced strum and my granddaughter said it sounds good. Thank you much.

Earl Conner Reply

Very intereating and a good course. I missed the run from C to G was that three two down and one open onthe 5th string ? thanks much. Earl

erdogan essat Reply

Collin thank you very much for the lesson.

Jonathan Boettcher Reply

Yeah it goes 3-2-0 on the 5th string. He explains it better at 5:44 in the video.

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Bryan Reply

Thank you for the free lesson, I am a dedicated beginner. I am disabled but my fingers work just fine. I would love to buy your dvd and book but a lot of money but am taking out a small loan. Does your dvd or book show all chords major, minor, 7s, have I missed any? Thanks

Jonathan Boettcher Reply

Hi Bryan, the book and DVDs teach all the chords you need to get started with, as a beginner, however it is not a complete guide to all the chords on guitar – that would be too much information and would overwhelm you. Instead, we focus on the ones you’ll use most, and you can add more later on, once you’re comfortable with these.

George Ngwerume Reply

on adding strumming pattern I am a bit lot can you explain more.

jack jones Reply

I have been beating on this guitar for some time and I’m in a rut I can’t seem to get out of. I know the basic cords and a lot of bar cords but don’t know how to put them togeather,if you know what I how to pick and strum into a good sounding song or take off on my own into a solo.some lessons in that direction sure would help.THX you guys are the greatest.

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Jonathan Boettcher Reply

Hey Jack, putting it all together is the point of the Beginner course – I encourage you to give it a try, I think you’ll find you begin to progress quite quickly!!

Lewis Harle Reply

having problems with my fingerss

O Trnjanin Reply

I just wish that my fingers were made from rubber so I can bend them the way I am meant to. Thanks

Abraham Mrec Reply

its wow! i like it.

aliw Reply

thank u….

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