Guitar Strumming Patterns For Beginners


256 Responses to “Guitar Strumming Patterns For Beginners”

  1. Treavey November 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

     looks easy!

  2. Kushmendra November 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    These Strumming & Rhythm Videos will help me a lot ūüôā

  3. Stevenkerr311 November 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    Would love to win this. Me and my son are struggling with this. I have to admit my 8 year old son is better at strumming than me.

  4. Jr400000 November 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    hello i like what you are teaching i could learn a lot from you bye the way my name is wade

  5. Kevin Boyer November 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    being a paralegic who has struggled to understand and learn guitar, i think this course would be a great help to me. the instruction is presented straightforwardly and is easy to understand

  6. Giganet November 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    I love everything your doing. Rock on and keep coming!

  7. Manuel November 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Exellent lesson, I repeated with my guitar on hand, and I learn 80% of the lesson
    thanks for the good work.
    Manuel Bolanos.  

  8. Fiss November 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    Hi, Colin
    Thanks for all your help.¬† I keep catching you on Riff Ninja, and you’ve helped me tremendously.¬† This lesson has shown me a couple different strumming patterns using the same chords.¬† Really like how you take your time and go through it SLOWLY!¬† Unlike some of the others I’ve seen on YouTube, who fly through things without explaining how to play.¬†
    I need to get my timing down and keep it the same through the whole song.¬† I can’t seem to keep it consistent.¬† Hoping plenty of practice will help that.
    That’s where I think you would would help me with your Essentials of Strumming & Rhythem.¬† I think I need to know the basics, and have something to teach me the right way to strum.
    Thx, Colin, and I’ll keep watching.
    Fiss

  9. Kelly November 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    How can something so complicated be taught so easily

  10. Peter November 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    As an “advanced beginner” I think I could use a strumming course. I spend probably too much of my practice time trying to pick out riffs on a pentatonic scale, when I could probably play something that sounds more like music if I focused more on rhythm. ¬†I think it would be fun to learn to throw some arpeggios into a strummed rhythm too.

  11. Peter November 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    As an “advanced beginner” I think I could use a strumming course. I spend probably too much of my practice time trying to pick out riffs on a pentatonic scale, when I could probably play something that sounds more like music if I focused more on rhythm. ¬†I think it would be fun to learn to throw some arpeggios into a strummed rhythm too.

  12. Michael November 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Exemplary lesson…very helpful..thank you!

  13. Rob November 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    I found this lesson a very useful as a new guitarist. The video shows right where to place your fingers and the pace is very good for new as well as seasoned players. This would be a very worthwhile course to own. Thank you! A follower of these video. Rob 

  14. Michael November 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    ¬†Not too difficult…just what I need…thanx! ūüôā

  15. Rmunh November 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Smooth strumming, a new pick thickness for me, confirmed how to use or mute bass strings, and liked the shirt !

  16. Rmunh November 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Smooth strumming, a new pick thickness for me, confirmed how to use or mute bass strings, and liked the shirt !

  17. Johnnybaby001 November 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    nice I want one. 

    • Jeff Waltrip November 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

      I’ve been making it to hard, your ability to explain to me the count has helped me alot. Thank you

  18. Michael November 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Thanks for the lesson…your insight is most appreciated!

  19. Keith November 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    I just subscribed by Email (kejm9). I sing and read music and I have taught myself tab and I am doing ok with picking – but I can’t strum! The only advice I have had is ‘give up the guitar and start drumming!’. Please let me win your DVD course, I am desperate.

  20. Johnnybaby001 November 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    nice I want one. 

  21. Michael November 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Thanks for the lesson…your insight is most appreciated!

  22. Keith November 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    I just subscribed by Email (kejm9). I sing and read music and I have taught myself tab and I am doing ok with picking – but I can’t strum! The only advice I have had is ‘give up the guitar and start drumming!’. Please let me win your DVD course, I am desperate.

  23. Wined54 November 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    I think this was an excellent strumming lesson. I’ve been having trouble playing with a pick and the tips you gave to hold lightly and to strum all strings well help me. Also the keeping count and position you hold pick on the down stroke and up stroke. So thank you for this video, I’m going to practice right now.

  24. Wined54 November 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    I think this was an excellent strumming lesson. I’ve been having trouble playing with a pick and the tips you gave to hold lightly and to strum all strings well help me. Also the keeping count and position you hold pick on the down stroke and up stroke. So thank you for this video, I’m going to practice right now.

  25. BobZoom November 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    My fingers don’t line up all nice and straight like that.¬† They look mangled and deformed compared to yours.¬† Not just that, but my fingers are long and thick and it’s very difficult to depress just one string, let alone do chord shapes on 3 or 4 strings.¬† Does that mean guitar is impossible for me?¬†

  26. Dan Dun November 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    Hey Colin,
    Excellent lesson. Now I know why I’m such a crappy strummer. It’s amazing how one short lesson can help with something I’ve been struggling with. I’ve got to mute that low E string on those Cmajor chords. Now, all I have to do is get my 62 year old fingers to cooperate. Love the video.
    Dan D

  27. Robert Parker November 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Strumming and rhythm are skills often ignored when¬†learning¬†guitar. ¬†It’s one thing to know your notes and chords, but it’s just as important to know a sense of timing within the musical framework. ¬†Lots of players begin and end their journey in “shredding” mode. ¬†True satisfaction and self-expression, however, lie in the basics of strumming and rhythm, for here is where the foundation for music is laid. ¬†Colin is a great teacher of these concepts… needless to say, I’d love a copy of this course!

  28. Nyitraim November 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    I could use more knowldge about taking advantage of all 6 strings for chords.

  29. al726 November 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Nice Strum! I can’t seem to grasp my memory for strums. I am trying to do it by ear and I get confused with other strums in the middle. This one was easy! Thank you.

  30. Realarge1 November 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    I liked the explanation of using a thicker pick and the method of strumming. also the importance of strumming the proper strings germane to the chord being played. I teach kids at our church,  who are interested in learning,  beginning guitar, (Though I am not a professional teacher) and strumming is always an issue,  I am always looking for tools to help and this lesson course would be ideal to add to my program. I like the way you explain the methods.  They are clear and easy to understand.

  31. John Perry November 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    I have been picking out tunes on a guitar for many years but never took the time to learn anything other than a couple of cords and parts of some tunes I often forget. I think that this will allow me to finally get past the ” I sound awful” stage.
    wdncnvs

  32. Toby November 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    This is a good intro for strumming and I was able to follow along easily as I’ve played for many years. However, my daughter has recently picked up the guitar and doesn’t know as much about strumming patterns so I think there are a couple of concepts that were implied that may need more explanation before jumping in for true beginners. ¬†
    1) Introduce the 8th note counting more specifically (1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and)2) Show the 8th note counting with the right (strumming) hand more demonstrably to help ingrain the knowledge that the right hand is always moving even if not hitting the stringsAnyway, I hope this helps and maybe this is all covered in the entire course as I just watched this snippet.  Would love to win the course to share with my daughter as she learns this material!

  33. Clj November 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Basic, simple and to the point!

  34. Clj November 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Basic, simple and to the point!

  35. Cejesq November 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    The best part of this video is the three screen presentation.
    Beginners are easily confused and having the left hand, right hand and composite shots all within the same frame makes it simple to see the relationships all at one glance.
    Good job. 

  36. Penno19 November 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Amazing how simple you make it look Colin.Keep Rockin Riffy

  37. A2ndpower November 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    I watch Colin’s videos whenever they are sent to me.¬† Thank you from this struggling student who is in love with the guitar.

  38. Rcpilot415 November 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Took up the guitar at the age of 55 and suffer from short fat fingers.  But my strum patterns are holding me back.  I start out fine, but lose it while changing chords.   HELP!

  39. Rcpilot415 November 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Took up the guitar at the age of 55 and suffer from short fat fingers.  But my strum patterns are holding me back.  I start out fine, but lose it while changing chords.   HELP!

  40. Donny November 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    liked the tip about holding pick like a brush I never thought of it. It will help me from droping so many picks.Thank you Ninja

    • yahc November 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

      Thx for the lesson, ive learned to play by myself so I really need to fix my technique xD. Knowing this is necessary. Ive benn playinf for 7 years and I realize I got a lot to improve.

  41. Donny November 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    liked the tip about holding pick like a brush I never thought of it. It will help me from droping so many picks.Thank you Ninja

  42. Rick Haverland November 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Hi Colin,
    Thank you for this strumming preview. I am getting closer to a true intermediate level of playing and one of my challenges holding me back is having a smooth rythmic strumming technique and being able to maintain it. Your video taught me a higher quality playing ability may just lie in knowledge that masqerades as details. Counting is important and no longer a “detail” for me.¬†The wrist is extremely¬†important (i could not believe the thickness of the pick you like to use) in that the ability to execute great strumming¬†is solely within me and not due to a particular pick. Your “detailed” tip on utilizing a C/G chord so I can strum all six strings has got me thinking how I may apply that thinking in other chords. Lastly, and just go with me on this, I get a relaxing “Zen-like” vibe from your teaching style. I learn a lot better when I can relax and just feel the right thing to do. I strongly believe I will benefit greatly from other insights and teachings on your DVD.
    With appreciation,  Rick Haverland

  43. Rick Haverland November 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Hi Colin,
    Thank you for this strumming preview. I am getting closer to a true intermediate level of playing and one of my challenges holding me back is having a smooth rythmic strumming technique and being able to maintain it. Your video taught me a higher quality playing ability may just lie in knowledge that masqerades as details. Counting is important and no longer a “detail” for me.¬†The wrist is extremely¬†important (i could not believe the thickness of the pick you like to use) in that the ability to execute great strumming¬†is solely within me and not due to a particular pick. Your “detailed” tip on utilizing a C/G chord so I can strum all six strings has got me thinking how I may apply that thinking in other chords. Lastly, and just go with me on this, I get a relaxing “Zen-like” vibe from your teaching style. I learn a lot better when I can relax and just feel the right thing to do. I strongly believe I will benefit greatly from other insights and teachings on your DVD.
    With appreciation,  Rick Haverland

  44. PNMarchetti November 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    I am recommending this to a player I know. Awesome ear for music, but no concept of rhythm. I am so excited because having started playing a few years ago at 50, there are so many lessons, tabs and instructional videos now available that I could only dream about when I was first starting out. Your videos are awesome, easy to understand and concise. Thank you so much. So many aspiring guitarists just want to shred, play lead and wow everyone with noise. The concept of theory is one I learned as a child with piano lessons. These Riff Ninja courses are helping to refresh all that instruction. I wish everyone I know that is trying to learn how to play would watch!!

    • James November 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

      Great informative video, for beginners and players. Now I’ll be able to strum to pretty much everything. Look out X Factor!!

  45. PNMarchetti November 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    I am recommending this to a player I know. Awesome ear for music, but no concept of rhythm. I am so excited because having started playing a few years ago at 50, there are so many lessons, tabs and instructional videos now available that I could only dream about when I was first starting out. Your videos are awesome, easy to understand and concise. Thank you so much. So many aspiring guitarists just want to shred, play lead and wow everyone with noise. The concept of theory is one I learned as a child with piano lessons. These Riff Ninja courses are helping to refresh all that instruction. I wish everyone I know that is trying to learn how to play would watch!!

  46. Marlinemunoz November 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    i like this because cents i was a little girl i been wanting to learn the guitar and know i could learn slow and in my time thank you

  47. rprochowski November 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    Thanks for the lesson Colin. I’m self taught, so the counting aspect, which I overlooked, helped alot. Keep up the fine work!

  48. tommy November 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    i’ve been playing for 40 years and your video still showed me things to inprove my playing’ thanks for your lesson and shareing it with my fellow players

  49. Mikael November 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

     Strumming is not like drumming, its like using a brush! I would like to remind that it takes time to learn and sleeping over an issue can help alot!

  50. James November 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    Great informative video, for beginners and players. Now I’ll be able to strum to pretty much everything. Look out X Factor!!

  51. Business Agent November 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    I always find it amazing at how easy it is to follow along with Colin and retain what he is teaching. His method of describing the need for proper counting has opened up things that I seem to have missed when having other instructors explaining. I left the short video with an ability to play¬†something¬†that has gone over my head in the past. I do feel that the teaching method can be a very positive¬†influence¬†in moving forward with my playing and Colin’s method doesn’t make me feel like I am a blithering idiot and keeps me from simply giving up on something I have always sought to do.
    Thanks,
    Mike

  52. Jeff Waltrip November 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    I’ve been making it to hard, your ability to explain to me the count has helped me alot. Thank you

  53. yahc November 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    Thx for the lesson, ive learned to play by myself so I really need to fix my technique xD. Knowing this is necessary. Ive benn playinf for 7 years and I realize I got a lot to improve.

  54. Bmost November 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    Thanks for a clear and enlightening lesson. I’d never heard of the thick pick benefits; I, as a rule, use fingers rather than pick but the analogy of the pick and the nail of my index finger popped into my head as you spoke of holding the pick loosely. I liked the multiple views but, somehow, with my soft-/hard-ware the strumming screen and the sound were not coordinated; however, your commentary made things quite clear. I’d love to get a free copy of the course.

  55. mega watt November 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    I learn more and more each time you post a lesson all i can say is thankyou.

  56. mega watt November 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    I learn more and more each time you post a lesson all i can say is thankyou.

  57. Jscalese0968 November 27, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    I am a newbie! I understand why I have to readjust my pick so often. I could use this course because I am tired of doing the same DDDUDUDU pattern for every song. The numbers make more sense than D’s and U’s also! I have been trying to tach myself how to play for the last 4 months and I really could use some solid direction …. Can’t figure out which direction to start at and even more scary… Then what?

  58. Allanhalstead November 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    I realise after watching this video that counting and strumming are essential and not just an option!

  59. Moe November 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    Hey Daniel,
    I guess what I liked the most about your lesson is the fact that I could see you strumming as well as the chords that you were playing.  I have a difficult time with my rhythm but I found it was extremely easy to follow along on my own,

  60. Roberto November 27, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    First of all… sorry for my bad english… i’m an italian guy….
    Even if i’m 53 years old, i would like to learn to play and strum our wonderful “ware”.. and you are helpin’ me just right now… thank you Maestro

  61. Pakleo November 27, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    I want to win the DVD. Good looking old veterans look better with guitars.

  62. Papete November 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    Iam a beginner. I know the chords used in the video but have never played a song yet . After seeing the video and practicing it , sounds like iam playing a song . Don’t know what song but it sounds like music to me . Thanks !

  63. James Mcdonald November 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    Hello,i would like to say that the courses you show online are very helpful,but one thing i have windows xp and the video freezes sometimes ,and i think if i win the instruction dvds that i would learn very much,hopefully i will win one Thanks

  64. James Mcdonald November 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    Hello,i would like to say that the courses you show online are very helpful,but one thing i have windows xp and the video freezes sometimes ,and i think if i win the instruction dvds that i would learn very much,hopefully i will win one Thanks

  65. DDRidgeUSA November 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    I’ve been a “beginner” for years. ¬†I have no problem learning the chords but I struggle to know really what to do with them. ¬†The counting with the strumming and tips such as using the pic like a brush and knowing what strings to mute may seem basic to some but these are the things I need to work on.. I’ll be giving these a try tonight.
    Thanks!Dan

  66. erniecarol November 27, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    A lot of great tips here, something I will try to incorporate into my practicing more.

  67. Greg November 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    This is one area I have troubles with and with practice and this video I will find it very helpful .

  68. Painlez November 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Great Overview

  69. Jean November 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Well, after cutting my nails -vain granny that I am – I gave this little snippit of expertise a view and strummed right along.¬† I’ve been playing a long time, but took a couple of years off and am now trying to re-learn.¬† This was a very good refresher.¬† Slow at first and then more speed as it went along.¬† Great little thing to keep a person in shape and grounded in the basics because no matter how fancy you get you must always have good solid basic skills to keep it consistent.¬† Thanks for the workout.¬† It would be a great thing to have in my arsonal.

  70. Jmike3 November 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Excellent video & lesson. Rythm and timing plus chord changing are things I really need to practice more. If the rest of the coarse is as helpful as this it should be great. Looking forward to its release

  71. Dcbayer November 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    I need this course.

  72. Ren November 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    I REALLY need this court and have never won anything in my life. Please change that.

  73. Bjorn_brooks November 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    good deal!

  74. Fred November 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Although I’ve got pretty good rhythm and usually can feel the strum, I really liked seeing the breakdown of the strums, especially the “brush” analogy. It’s always good to go back to the basics!

  75. Victor November 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    What I have learned is:
    1. That strumming is organic and fluid to playing chords
    2. That counting out loud does help t
    3. That I have little sense of timing yet (Help)
    4. That is why practicing slow is so important
    I would be grateful to win a copy of these DVD teachings on this important aspect of guitar playing. Thanks. Victor

  76. Jamiquest November 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Could not see the video, even though I turned hardware acceleration off. But, I did listen to it. Sounds like good advise. I agree strum timing is my weakest point. I’m sure the lessons could help. Unfortunately, I’m not working and unable to afford it. However, I like the teaching style.

  77. Andy_ball_2001 November 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Seeing that clip has given me a better understanding of some techniques that you explained in a way I could grasp and move myself forward,  I can play a number of chords, but before it was sounding unrecognisable, this clip has plugged a gap which makes it sound like I am playing music!! At Last.  It would be so good to get the new course to further progression. Thanks a lot.
    Andy

  78. Mpstinson November 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    I have been trying to learn mostly on my own and it is a very slow process.  Your Guitar Strumming Patterns for Beginners looks to be what I need to help me  progress . Thank you for putting together this course.   

  79. Mrjimgoz November 27, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    helpful and informative. i like the concepts.
     

  80. Zuranch November 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    Really like how you have three screens going at the same time.
    why I think this would be helpful for me: I took lessons finger style folk music for 2 years. My guitar teacher has since moved far away. I live in RURAL Idaho. So getting another teacher is highly unlikely. I now volunteer once a week working with a kids bluegrass music group. I am working with beginner guitar players, flat picking fiddle backup. Its been a challenge transitioning to flatpicking/strumming. It feels foreign to me. I think this video would help me at home be a better teacher for these kids.
     

  81. TTrotter November 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    Thanks for this initial video. I’m off to start practicing the first strum pattern and chord progression…

  82. Eeconner November 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    That was very interesting. Toy do show a lot in the rythm area otstanding thanks….
    Earl

  83. Ste B November 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    pretty cool – nice quality tutorial!

  84. Fred Sweatfield November 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    I am in the process of teaching a left handed player the basics. It is rather easy to teach a left handed person for they mirror you. BUT.. He needs the inspiration and teaching at all times during his practice time when I am not there. Right now is the perfect time to introduce rhythm and strumming to him. This DVD would be spot on in my training. I do not charge for lessons so getting this DVD would really help me in my training… Thanks for all you do.. Fred Sweatfield..

  85. John November 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    This course sounds really cool, and the split screen views are sharp and clear.
    Some rhythm challenges are when strums get complicated, become frustrating and end up being abandoned. I’d like to get back to paying more attention to rhythm and strumming, having been on a lead and note playing direction for so long,

  86. Grantdc November 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    I really need to:   Start Trying Riffs Ultimate Musiclessons 

  87. Leonv25 November 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    A cool way of marketing. I must say I feel lucky this time. Line, sinkers and bait in the water!!!! You never know.

  88. Bob A. November 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    Great lesson.  Especially the way your strum and count match.

  89. Meesh394 November 27, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    First of all, I love the three screens.. watching others play to figure out strumming patterns is very difficult because I cannot “hear” the chords yet – I have to watch where a person’s fingers are on the fretboard..then I can’t pay attention to the strumming. Fantastic idea on your part! Honestly tho, I know chords, bar chords.. I need some rhythm. I’ve been playing acoustic for almost two years now and I am frustrated. I get a little depressed now when I play guitar… I can never get down the strumming. I feel as if I have locked myself into my first strumming pattern I found enjoyable. I will start new songs with new patterns and then next I realize I transitioned back into “my” pattern again. I do play guitar everyday. I love finger-picking (only because I can do that well) I am bored and flustered with this plateau I have reached. I feel like 2 years is too long to only be where I am. I need some “feel” in my life…it gets me so excited! If you could help me out with this DVD that’d be awesome. I need some percussion mutes, slaps, and beats incorporated into my music….that would make me so happy. I cannot figure out how to get em’ in there. Thank you ūüôā

  90. David November 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    My daughter learned from this lesson. Thanks

  91. Pbrickey November 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    I have a hard time keeping time when strumming and playing rhythm guitar, so this might be a great thing for me.

  92. Jerr November 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Watching your arm going up and down gives me the rhythm feel. I have struggled with keeping time and using the arm technique instead of the wrist seems to help.  Complex strumming patterns give me trouble still, but these demos help a lot.  I look forward to watching all your demos.

  93. Deb Richards November 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Very good strumming lesson. I’ve been learning for several months now (group class) and we have not even touched on strumming yet. I’m concerned because it does not come natural to me. Thank you.

  94. DavidW November 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    Good to actually see how speed affects strumming and how strumming hand never stops moving.  It is one thing to read this but quite another to see an actual demonstration. The three screen approach is most useful for following strumming hand and timing on chord changes.

  95. DavidW November 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    Good to actually see how speed affects strumming and how strumming hand never stops moving.  It is one thing to read this but quite another to see an actual demonstration. The three screen approach is most useful for following strumming hand and timing on chord changes.

  96. Alan November 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    Very Good Lesson,   Really help me understand the 1/4 note strumming

  97. Balde Aguirre November 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    I want to win a copy of the DVD please!

  98. Erdoganessat897 November 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    great lesson to strum and count fantastic thank for your help .

  99. Chris Taylor November 27, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    The best visual aid I have seen; using the three screen method.It can be difficult to follow what a lot of other folk  are laying down in their videos. Great stuff!

  100. Ozzymbs November 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    I think your course will help me to keep my strumming time while I am singing and playing. Thats what I struggle with the most.

  101. Eddy Damas November 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    Definitely on my Christmas wishlist!

  102. rwildrick November 27, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Hi,Colin. This helped me alot.As a newbie, I’ve been struggling a bit on the stumming patterns and rhythm.Thanx.Wildrick!!!

  103. Becca November 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    Wow, great lesson!¬† You’re a fantastic teacher.¬† What I learned from this lesson is how to get a smoother strum out of my pick by holding it lose and pointing it up as I strum down then pointing it down as I strum up.¬† Great tip.¬† Thank you.¬† By the way, that pick looked like a stone.¬† Is it a real stone or just made to look like one?
    My biggest challenge is strumming and trying to count at the same time.
    I love the three-way split screen.¬† That makes it real easy to see everything and we need that advantage for learning.¬† I think strumming doesn’t come natural to anyone who’s first starting out so this is going to be a BIG help, because the better we strum the better we’ll sound.¬† Also the more strums we learn the more songs we can play and hopefully the easier it will become to learn more strums! I think this new course will simply improve all my playing.¬† Thank you!

  104. Cmac229 November 27, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    I believe that counting out the strum will be of benifit, rather than relyingh on my internal clock.

  105. Glen203 November 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    glen203@hotmail:disqus .com
    Colin I’m a grandad in Tennessee and want to learn to play guitar, my grandson lives in Florida and is taking guitar¬†lessons there, so I would love to be able to play rhythm guitar while he plays lead and surprize him when they come to visit.
    The Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm sounds like what I need to get started to learn the strumming patters and chords at the same time. I had always wanted to learn to play but was to busy making a living for my family and never got the chances. Thanks for giving the chance now to be able to play with my grandson.
     Glen

  106. Darren Waddell November 27, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Good stuff. ¬†Thanks I’m learning more everyday.

  107. Octavian Chipriade November 27, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Hi Colin,
    your course is very important for everybody who can understand that Strumming & Rhythm is one of the essentials parts of the knowledge which must have all the guitarists for becoming great ones. This lesson learns that making a great song is important to find the appropriate Strumming & Rhythm for making a hit. As much somebody knows and develops more tips of strumming, as more chances he has to become a great guitarist. That is why from now I”ll look in my mind for many other strumming tips which will be my personal fingerprints in my music.Have a nice dayOctavian

  108. Gomaonaigh1 November 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    hey Colin your new coursefor guitar is awesome!!from Ger the Guitarman in Galway in Ireland

  109. Wrichter1 November 27, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    I am an EXTREME beginning guitarist, and the best thing (EUREKA!) I got from this lesson was your tip on holding the pik…I have aTERRIBLE time trying to strum while holding a pik and this was REALLY helpful.¬† Also, I could NEVER figure out that little “catch” or “hitch” in the sound of the strumming until you explained about the¬† counting (eighth and quarter strums….who the hell KNEW?)…a whole new world has opened up, ha!¬†
    Thanks!

  110. Bluesjunky2 November 27, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    I have played guitar for more years than I will admit. I never really had the time to dedicate to learning the proper way. I just tinkered with it between work, wife, kids and all the things that we are busy with in our day to day living. But now that I am retired I have more time and desire to dedicate to my playing.  A free lesson DVD would be a wonderful kick-start.

  111. PI November 27, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    This lesson is awesome. If the whole course is half as good it is a must for those struggling with strum patterns and making the guitar sound good and not the same pattern with everything they play. I am confident that with this course, I would greatly improve, especially when “trying” to sing while playing. Keep the lessons coming, you are appreciated more than you know.
    Thanks and God bless
    PI

  112. Micks6969 November 27, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    Well new at at the guitar, and hope you can teach a old dog new tricks,(68 years young). Unemployed with time on my hands so always want to play guitar but you spot on about strumming. Big problem for me and yes I can count to 4. Looking forward to your new class, and tips so I can master my short comming. Michigan here.

  113. Hockeymomhs8 November 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Another great lesson, have been absorbing as much as possible in the small dose, lesson forms you present, which, of course has me sounding much more accomplished all the time! Thanks

  114. Dick November 27, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    You make it look so easy. Your course is probably a must for any seriuos beginner.

  115. bill salmon November 27, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    excellent its like the light bulbs came on.nough said.bill

  116. Mjcrcook November 27, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    Just took up the guitar at 64. Believe me….I need all the help I can get. This lesson was easy for me to understand and would really enjoy the whole course. Thanks. Clint

  117. Walt Warren November 27, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    Great stuff and just what I need. I have always been the
    strummer/rhythm guy in our jams while everybody else runs scales on me. The
    problem is that I never learned how to count properly and my repertoire of
    strums patterns was very limited. In essence I didn’t know what I was doing! I
    somehow sounded okay because in between the mistakes I somehow kept some kind
    of timing. ¬†To make matters worse — I
    really like the rhythm part of playing the most. I have been playing around 10
    years and always knew that I had/needed to go there (learn counting & strum
    patterns). I need/want this course bad and hope I win it. Colin is my type of
    teacher and his way of explaining and showing the lessons really clicks with me‚ÄĒI
    get it! Please LORD let me win.
    Walt Warren

  118. Gerard mooney November 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    yea –strumming well explained colin and the count helpd understand the rhythm===ger/guitarman

  119. Delawaresmissinglink November 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    Would love to use this in our guitar club at middle school. Well put together and the kids could really¬†benefit¬†from it’s¬†instruction…would be a great addition to our program…

  120. Barry L November 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    This is awesome, I’ve been teaching myself guitar with help from your self and Jonathan Boettcher for a year and a half, and the one thing I couldn’t get was the strumming, it just sounded boring and repetitous. Ive observed other amatuers at partys and stuff and you could almost always tell what they were going to play a few bars into the song, but all I could sound like was some guy strumming and changing chords, not very distinctive from one song to the next. I already feel like
    I’ve improved more in this one lesson than in the last year and a half, at least to my ear anyways. Thank you very much and please keep it up……………..Barry Larence

  121. Chris Brockman November 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    Strumming is so cool! ¬†It adds an entirely new dimension to the music you can make.It makes “basic” sound like polished, even if it’s basic strumming. ¬†I’m so glad to add this to my beginner’s capability.

  122. Tsete7 November 27, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    Rhythm is the essence of any style of guitar playing. ‘Nuff said!

  123. Ralphalbrig November 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Great lesson this shows that you dont always have to play barre chords to sound good.Its a little more difficult for me to strum because of short fingers so I would like to see that subject addressed and how to cope with it.I would love to win a free course so I could see how to put chord patterns ahd strumming together so I could  get some new and original patterns to give me diffrent ideas.

  124. Robert S November 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    This¬† video is exactly the type of training information I need.Looking forward to the “Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm ” course.

  125. Ed5745 November 27, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    colin: good stuff if you are not counting¬†you are not playing¬†¬† I am having playing the bass strings and the chords at the same time on “I am a man of sorrow” if you get time look at it¬† Thanks Ed

  126. Trevor November 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    Hi Colin
    Thanks for that video concerning strumming, It has helped me very much with my strumming.  You mentioned in the video that the pattern was in several song progressions, can you please tell me what songs the are?
    Thanks 
    Trevor

  127. Nickmod2000 November 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

    A great lesson for beginners and more advanced players. You have made me aware of the importance of counting.
    Nick

  128. dellj November 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    The strumming was easy the way you showed us. I’m left handed and have had a bad time.keeping my easy strokes.. I have trouble with ounting. I have been wanting to learn for many years I beleive you DVD would help .¬† I can sing I WANT TO LEARN TO PLAY,

  129. Ken November 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    I liked how you explained the counting aspect. I was always confused as to what the “and” meant in the counting, but seeing how you always counted “and” on the up-stroke helped a lot.

  130. Skip November 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    I like the divided screen. It makes it easier for me to follow the whole process. Holding the pick correctly has always been a problem for me when varying the tempos.  I have gone more to fingerpicking because of this. I think the course could move me in the right direction. Your detail is good.

  131. Cosywas November 27, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    hi thanks for this video.it is so useful ,I’ve been having trouble with timing during strumming and also hitting strings when performing up strokes.This is of great use, thanks again. cosmas from Uganda

  132. mike tormanen November 27, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

     thank you so much I am a 61 yr old trying a new thing teaching a old dog new tricks is not easy but you make it so thank you again for beinnd and enjoyable to this old goat I love the guitar mtormanen@yahoo,com

  133. Martin November 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    ¬† Really good lesson. At first i was disappointed that you didn’t give the times of the strums but,you did later. 1/4 down,1/8 down ,1/8 up. Very important to me at least. It explains the rhythm of the strums. As an intermediate player. I sometimes still struggle with strum pattern of certain songs. Elpasso,by Marty Robbins for example. These lessons look to posses real,Aha moments!
    ¬† Thanks. I’m going now to go give it another try.

  134. Martin November 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    ¬† Really good lesson. At first i was disappointed that you didn’t give the times of the strums but,you did later. 1/4 down,1/8 down ,1/8 up. Very important to me at least. It explains the rhythm of the strums. As an intermediate player. I sometimes still struggle with strum pattern of certain songs. Elpasso,by Marty Robbins for example. These lessons look to posses real,Aha moments!
    ¬† Thanks. I’m going now to go give it another try.

  135. j. caeton November 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    I liked the way he laid it out. It seemed alot easier to understand for me. alot of guys dont communicate it as well, thats for sure. this could be a huge advantage for my strumming patterns as i’m recovering from my second stroke an its not all just falling back into place as quickly as i’d like. anyway it seems to be a very understandable lesson that even a beginner could get. thanks J. Caeton

  136. ian November 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Hi Colin.  This is good useful stuff.  I find this video helped confirm for me that I can strum basic rhythm patterns but I still need help on complex rhythms and patterns.  Maybe you can help?

  137. anna November 27, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    This video is so helpful! Many of the songs I’ve been learning contain various strumming patterns and your technique has allowed me to play my favorite songs!¬†

  138. Barretojonathan48 November 28, 2012 at 12:03 am #

    I wanna win!

  139. David Rice November 28, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    By the way, I love the guitar you’re playing.¬† I am a very basic beginer guitarist but I thought you’re chords were awsome because you showed where to put you’re fingers and showed you’re strumming at the same time.¬† You strum very gently with one fluid motion.¬† I like the way you teach guitar.¬† You show it in a way that makes me understand what is going on in the background of playing.¬† Like the rythem and timing of you’re strokes or strums.¬† But on that guitar the video shows everything I think I would need to see clearly and learn how and where to time my strums and chords at the same time.¬† I am really glad I watch your video’s.¬† You are a skillful player and better teacher.¬† Really, you’re cool. David Rice.

  140. tiamalu November 28, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    Hey Mr. Colin,
    It’s good to see someone FINALLY address strumming issues.¬† I am a music teacher, and have always drawn up my own “charts,” and done my own demonstrations.¬† I would love to have a copy of your “Essentials” to compliment my teaching materials.¬† As a teacher, you are aware that the more illustrations you can give a student, the more likely they are to pick it up in less time.¬† I thoroughly enjoyed your lesson, and would love a copy of it.

  141. Ropeslope50 November 28, 2012 at 12:25 am #

    I play rhythm guitar in a praise band at church and fine tuning my timing, counting, and strumming patterns would be really helpful in spreading the word of God through our music. Thanks for the lesson! 

  142. Jason Beeman November 28, 2012 at 12:28 am #

    Finally someone addressing strumming! I find so much material on other aspects of guitar playing but not strumming. This is what makes a song! This would tie so much together for me and give a big stride in my playing. Thanks  so much for the video lesson.

  143. Gene November 28, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    That’s going to be a great course for some one like me that;s been trying to teach there self to play the guitar a big part of it is strumming and trying to learn to get the rhythm part of playing down it’s not as easy as some say it is I have looked at a bunch of guitar courses this one is the best one I have looked at so for so if I am not one of the ones that gets to win one I will be sure to buy one.

  144. Carol K November 28, 2012 at 12:39 am #

    Hey Colin, Just watched your video and am thrilled at how helpful it was!¬† At 55 I am finally living the dream of learning how to play both the guitar and the ukulele this winter and I am struggling with the strumming!¬† Well, strumming troubles are no more, thanks to you!¬† I sure hope I win a copy of your new course¬†– it’s AWESOME!!¬†

  145. Ro_ma_01 November 28, 2012 at 12:43 am #

    Thanks… strumming was a deep mystery when I first started to learn to play, as everyone just told me to “make it fit the music.” ¬†I’ve gotten better at finding a strum that works but my fundamentals are still a bit hazy and this lesson was very helpful!

  146. Laltamura November 28, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    Get the basics right and everything else falls together! A
    must for every budding, and even more accomplished guitarists.

  147. Ken November 28, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    I would REALLY like to receive one of the new course copies as strumming is one of my weak points even after aboot 4 years practice. I know Colin knows what he’s doing cause he has been at this since the beginning of Time. (well, almost.) I humbly submit my request in the hope of being a winner and developing my skills to much greater levels. ¬†Thanks for ALL the videos you have posted previously.

  148. Kailash Pant November 28, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    This strumming lesson with three in one picture made me understand it far-far better than learning from books or from a (my) teacher.
    My weakness is that I dont count while strumming. I wish to get over this shortcoming.
    The course could help me improve my understanding of strumming because it is nicely shown and explained.
    Kailash Pant

  149. Mark Notary November 28, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    Thanks Colin for the strumming lesson.
    I have been playing guitar for some years now and haven not progressed. I then thought I need to learn some theory.
    I started with Jonathan Boettcher with the 1-iV- V to understand music patterns & combinations of notes, and then progressed to  Griff Hamlin learning guitar blues to which I am a third of the way through.
    I found that the strumming & counting the beats and using a metronome  to be the up most important to  make the music sound right.
    Your 10 minute lesson which is clear & concise  showed precisely the way its done.
    Nice work
    Mark
    Sydney
    Australia
     

  150. Michaelkhan75 November 28, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    I’d love to win this it is a real problem area in my playing

  151. Geri Urquhart November 28, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    I love the sound of the chords, especially due to the fact that you explained how to add a G to the C chord so that all six strings can be strummed. I wish I had time to play my guitar more often but I definitely will practise what you demonstrated. I have learned sooooo much from you. Thanks. I look forward to receiving all of your e-mail. Keep up the great work.
    Geri Urquhart

  152. Stevthor November 28, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    It’s great the way you break it down like that!¬† Very helpful.

  153. Gerald Ohagan November 28, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    I liked the video because strumming is definitely one of the areas that I’ve found quite challenging. While I may know or find the chords associated with a particular song, invariably my efforts to apply the chords even if I’m reading or following the chord breaks on tabs or music don’t produce the desired result; i.e., that the song sounds as it should and is recognized by someone who’s listening, not just me. If the course goes beyond the video and applies the strumming patterns to actual songs, that will be quite beneficial and help me advance my playing immensely. Thanks, GerryO

  154. Robert Thompson4 November 28, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    i find chord structure of songs easy to pick up but if i cant get the strum pattern right it just doesnt ‘play’ well. i sing in a band and would love to do rythmn guitar too but as my strumming needs work i cant commit to it i think this course will finally get me over the platuea i have been on for some time great in depth lessons i can relate to and understand and put into practice

  155. Rick Morris November 28, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    If this vidoe is any indication, sounds and looks like the course would be very helpful

  156. Mario November 28, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    This would make the perfect christmas gift for a guitarist of my  ability

  157. Melody November 28, 2012 at 2:23 am #

    Watching the video, I learned something about brushing the strings with my pick.
    My challenge is control and having the right rhythm is control. .
    Your new strumming and rhythm course would help lift the barriers to me being a GUITAR PLAYER. 

  158. Drimack November 28, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    I asked for guitar skills not scales for Christmas ,  Thanks !

  159. A4angiel November 28, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    When I started playing, my biggest struggle was strumming. I could handle the rhythm. But, identifying and maintaining regular patterns were my demise. The counting technique is probably were I am most deficient. I mainly strummed by “feel”; which worked great for a limited set of strum patterns. This clip is really driving me to pick up my guitar and start trying out the concepts you presented.¬†

  160. Jwstallings413 November 28, 2012 at 3:06 am #

    Big Fan makes me want to play better daily…….

  161. Ludden61 November 28, 2012 at 3:25 am #

    There’s absolutely no way to reach your musical goal(s) without the tempo (beat) or (time signature) and understanding how quarter, half, eighth and sixteenth’s etc…notes tie in to form measures. As a senior guitar student this type of course would have shaved years off of the time it took me to become a better player. Back then you might hear a lesson on public radio or a tapeand yes there were pictures in some learning material but very little. To have the DVD with both audio and video with the ability to pause rewind, fast forward slow at anytime you need more time is still the best method to get to the next level. Thanks for the lesson

  162. Slimey Limey November 28, 2012 at 3:30 am #

    Interesting take on a simple strum pattern … makes all the difference in the world to old ears and tired fingers … Cheers Mate ! … Keep up the good work !

  163. James Cook November 28, 2012 at 3:37 am #

    Your explanation is awesome and very down to earth. I struggle with strumming and to listen to someone who can is music to the ears.
    I’ve heard other clarifications, but this is awesome. To see the smoothness and clarity in this, I started to get a grasp right away of it and started to strum along with you with rhythm and understanding the beats. I have never put the strumming and the beats together like this, but this gives me that insight.
    I have tried to learn strumming in a slower approach and have lost it as I go along, and this was just the perfect speed to keep me focused with more confidence in moving forward.
    I believe your course, without a doubt, will assist me in attaining my goal on the guitar. To be able to watch all the action at once on the screen is very helpful, meaning the strumming, chords, and bringing it together. If your DVD is clarified in this manner, there is no ceiling in how far a person would go.
    Thank You for this awesome video as it is a gift to correct my mistakes.
    James

  164. Arthur ferguson November 28, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    Thanks very much I have been trying on and of for many years and had a few lessons over the years and this was an eye opener and alway had difficulty with counting the beats I have lots of things but just thought it sounded rubbish.I will try to do your strumming video and hope I can see some kind of improvement.
    Cheers Art Ferguson .

  165. Einar Christiansen November 28, 2012 at 3:56 am #

    Hi Colin,
    Very good lesson! If this is an indication of the course I reckon it will be a marvelous help to anyone who struggles with strumming.
    Keep up the good work.
    Cheers
    Einar

  166. eduardo November 28, 2012 at 4:01 am #

     one of the best way to play guitar it is observing how it is well
    the sound ,teacher must be to try to investigate  the different
    way to many people share your interest into it like a little child

  167. Brother31 November 28, 2012 at 4:02 am #

    Video is great,thanks for the lessons !!!

  168. bgretriever November 28, 2012 at 4:17 am #

    I like the idea that by taking a standard I-IV-V progression, you can build on this so many ways by altering the strumming patterns.  Or by showing another way of playing the C major chord with the added 5th on the 6th string, it not only sounds better but reinforces why the standard I-IV-V progression is so important to know.  And what a great way to reinforce these chord progressions by trying out some different strumming patterns.

  169. gordon November 28, 2012 at 4:19 am #

    Just what I’m looking for “HELP’¬† with strumming & rhythm, but more to the point-able to stay in time with the beat.

  170. Patrick November 28, 2012 at 4:44 am #

    I enjoy your video. please let me know the course you offer .I want to learn to play gospel bluegrass and country music .

  171. Alej Popi November 28, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    I have been playing for about 3 years and now I’m starting to take advantage of all the strings in the chord. I used to play only from the fourth string down. Great video… keep it up!

  172. Nick November 28, 2012 at 4:50 am #

     Very good info. This will help my playing

  173. Tboz November 28, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    good for us beginners

  174. fran November 28, 2012 at 5:42 am #

    I was just telling my wife…

  175. Angus November 28, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    what about strumming without a pick

    • Gars January 21, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

      I used to do this, but as I began to perform in a band and practice regularly, I found I wore off the fingernail to the point it would get and stay sore so I went to a pick.

  176. Tlappico November 28, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    Thank you for the great tips. Even though I rarely use a pick, can never get enough of your graet and quirky wisdom! 

  177. malcolm Hudson November 28, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    It’s so much fun leaning to strum

  178. Gary November 28, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Hey Dude you really make things real easy to learn, I
    shall definitely get your new vid as I always learn something new from you.
    Keep the lessons coming.

  179. Waynelawlor November 28, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    I really enjoyed this video; it gives a new and very helpful perspective on professional strumming and forming chords.
    Thank you, Wayne

  180. Unca Stu November 28, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Hey Great intro vid…..:)
    My mate has trouble counting as he plays. I call him a “buska player” as he takes short cuts instead of playing the whole & correct chords for the tunes. Throws the rest of us out when we play.
    I WILL be sending him your way
    Cheers
    Stu

  181. Hoo852963 November 28, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Thanks! Nice info to fill in the gaps!

  182. Mikey November 28, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    thanks for sharing

  183. Glennt3 November 28, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Fantastic, it’s what I need to learn. I can do the chords and some licks, however my timing sucks. Let me know when i can get my hands on one of these courses.¬†
    Thanks Colin a great lesson as always.

  184. Lewis November 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    This really take me back to my teens when my uncle tride to teach me how to play guitar, but so how like most I guess I lost my way. I would love to pick up the (as my uncle would say) “git-fiddle:again. I feel like it was a dream I had and lost because I was distracted with other bad influence.
              Thank you

  185. Greg November 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Thank you very much for the demo. I still have a lot of problems moving from 1 cord to the next. But you make it very easy to follow which is good for me, my fingers don’t always work the way I want them to. Again thanks for the demo Colin.

  186. Ivor November 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Hi from the UK. Your lessons are great but can you tell how to download them?

  187. Ivor November 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Hi I have been able to learn to strum. My co-ordination is a bit slow at the moment and I think that your course would help me. I am a pensioner trying to learn the guitar.

  188. Rob Meijer November 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Great lesson, it feels like sitting next to my teacher, good presentation, simply to follow the action and on the dot.
    Rob meijer

  189. Cyril November 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    good stuff for beginners.   
    thanks man.

  190. Nc_80 November 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

     Great stuff, Colin. I really struggled with strumming during my beginner stage and a course like this would have been a fantastic choice to have had. All Beginners and Intermediate players should check this out and cut out one of the major frustrations when first starting out on the Guitar.

  191. Mgordano November 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Hi can rhythm¬†be taught?¬†i¬†can play a lot of scales and chords but they don’t sound like real music.i think it is because i have no idea of how to count the beats, it all sounds the same boring stuff.There is not a lot of good stuff on rhythm¬† teaching on the internet. Liked the sample clip Colin could this help me sound more musical on my guitar. A frustrated learner.

  192. Nevershotpar November 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Fat fingered guitar newb<==== I seem to have spent most of my time on my fret hand trying to get my sausage fingers to play the chords clean. I don't know if I can wrap my brain around counting and finger placement yet. Your vid was high quality for sure I like the different camera spots so I can see how you are strumming and your fret hand as well. Thanks for the demo, maybe ill be a ninja one day too!

  193. Bill_ November 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    ¬†Hi Colin , You make it look so easy. I’m ¬†a retiree trying to learn a little about play the guitar. A course like that would definitly be beneficial.

  194. Chrislie468 November 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Wow the ups ups and down downs of strumming,at least your making it less confusing,I will defo be getting this course,thanks ninja.!

  195. Al November 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Hey Colin,
    ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† I’ve been trying to learn guitar for almost a year now and strumming has been one of my biggest problems. It’s difficult for me to tap my foot because of ¬†an illness, and learn to count has really helped me. Thank you¬†
      Al

  196. Dgeise November 28, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Loved it, just what I need.  Bring it on!!

  197. Jdlis November 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    I’m self taught.¬† I’d like to learn more but, the DVD’s out there suck.
    They never have anything “NEW” to share.¬† I’d like to be proven wrong.

  198. Bill November 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    I’m impressed and would like to see more, I”d like to win but will probably buy the course anyway, I’ve been playing for a long time but sometimes feel like I’m a total beginner, I know I need help on strumming, you re-emphasized the importance of counting and I leaarned a new way to ply C to include the 6th string, Thanks
    Bill

  199. Ronald Cooper November 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Hi Colin 
                  I am  an ex stroke victim  which effected my right arm ,i used to play years ago and i am trying to get it back but it is like learning all over again .
    I have watched all your lessons and they are brilliant and so easy to follow as you are an excellent teacher.
    your strumming &rhythm course would definately help with my strumming and coordination it would be brilliant to get to play again.
                                              thankyou

  200. jeff lawrence November 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    i have struggled with basic rythm strumming for years, always reverting to random strumming patterns. i sound much cleaner and better after working with your specific strumming patterns. also the tips on proper pick position seem to have helped. until now have always felt more comfortable without a pick, using my forefinger instead, pick sounds louder and cleaner – this gives me something to work on. thanks.

  201. G. Joe November 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Thank you again for another great video. You addressed many of the bad habits I have as a beginner. So now back to practicing and eliminating those habits. Thanks again.

  202. Chopper746 November 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    Mixing the strumming with scales and patterns and eliminating bad habits already established from years of trying to get the right rhythm……!

  203. Bjorn_brooks November 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    right proper mate!

  204. Gary November 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    Great video!!! Would love to learn to strum¬†Better I’ve been playing for years &¬†have always strugled with strumming. Thanks for the video!¬†¬†

  205. Paul November 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    one of the better lessons for teaching strumming to beginners
    Paul

  206. jd November 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    Thanks for a great video!!  I was particularly appreciative of the tips on counting the time, That is an area I really need help with.  Thanks again.

  207. dkkhh7 November 28, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    I am 57 years old and have tinkered with the guitar since my teens. 2-3 yrs ago I decided to look at what was available on the net re: maybe I could find some ¬†songs that I’ve liked over the years and/or an easy way to plink away at them and to my surprise found some great tools, tricks and tips as well as some theory (amazing), fretboard knowledge, chord progressions, etc from great sites like yours. All of these things fall into the ‘ Wow, wish I knew then what I know now!’ I am now having great fun learning and playing the songs I’ve liked over the years – pop, R&B, blues and EVEN jazz! I’ve even gotten enough confidence to do some jamming with a few friends – real jamming, not just sitting off to the side and contributing little while trying to make sense of how and what they were playing. Now I’m part of the ‘groove’.¬†
    But, I must say my strumming skills are sadly lacking. I have been having some success with finger exercises, chord-changing, theory -but need help with my strumming knowledge/skills so that I can do some justice to these great songs I am now trying to play. I believe that this is an integral part of my process and would very much look forward to possibly receiving one of your strumming course give-aways.

  208. Dlramirezlmt November 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Hi Colin,
    I am interested in both strumming and especially rhythm. I have been playing guitar for quite a few years, mostly self-taught. The theory of rhythm is a mystery to me, and all the information I have read still does not shed a lot of light or bring it together for me. There has got to be an easier and simpler way of¬† defining it, or maybe it’s just a matter of repetition and¬†memorization? Anyway, I like your video, you are pleasing to look at and you have a nice voice, and your way of teaching is patient and pays attention to detail.
    Thank you,
    Donna

  209. Imn8xtc November 28, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    As a novice all good information is critical and this is good information.keep focus and practice,practice and more practice!
    ken

  210. Ramon November 28, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Hey Colin
    That was great, I am just a beginer and enjoyed it very much.
    Ramon

  211. Chris Robson November 28, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

    I know how to play all the baic chords and now are onto to barre chords, only thing i have always struggled with was the knowledge about the timing and the essential strummming technique. Thanks Heaps. You are definately a great source of knowledge and you also have the ability to convey this to the basic learner.

  212. Dac Le November 29, 2012 at 12:27 am #

    Your teaching is very clear and easy to follow. The strumming and counting is critical to the beginner. I like the combination b/w the counting number (1 2& 3 4& 1) and down down up down down up down) both are really helpful for the new guitar beginner. One thing I like to see in your DVD and it will be more practical and realistic if you can apply your strumming technique to a real song so anyone can see and remember. I bought a set of DVD for guitar beginner but I still has trouble to remember the strumming pattern since the teacher didn’t apply the technique in any song and I forgot the strumming pattern.
    Anyway you have a good technique.
    Thanks,
    Dac

  213. Denis Slater November 29, 2012 at 12:28 am #

    strumming and strumming patterns are one of the big mysteries to the beginner, especially me.  Thanks for this lesson, it will help an old beginner get more out of the guitar.

  214. Roy November 29, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    awesome, as a beginner this was the most help in strumming Ive seen

  215. Aedenn November 29, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    Well done ! Simple; Precise; Clear, and Concise. What more could you ask for. You make it as simple as A.B.C.!!!! A=Awareness. B=Balance. C=Control. Way to go!!!!

  216. Woodsmoke42 November 29, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    Very helpful.  Strumming is one area I really need to work on.

  217. cbtprog November 29, 2012 at 1:45 am #

    Learned the art of counting to keep rhythm.  All the other courses out there seem to concentrate on lead and shreding.  This very essential course will help me to become a better guitar player and enable me to integrate rhythm and single note fills to give a more fuller enhanced sound from my playing.  Previously I knew the chords but not how to make them sound like music when played together with various strumming techniques. Thanks for opening my eyes to this much needed part of my guitar playing.

  218. Raydavissr68 November 29, 2012 at 2:08 am #

    Loved the demo.  It amazes me how easy and simple you makes this look

  219. Helenrod November 29, 2012 at 3:54 am #

    Thanks a bunch Colin; i like the way you broke up the strumming into 1/2 bars, etc.
    Very nice video, helped me a lot.

  220. Theresarussell November 29, 2012 at 4:08 am #

    Hi Colin,
    Thank you so much for this lesson on strumming and rhythm.¬† My rhythm needs a lot of work and I think this short lesson helped me understand that I really need to count the 12&3&4& as I strum the down, down up down up down, up, etc. Now if I can learn to count, sing and play at the same time, it will be quite an accomplishment. This is a real challenge for me, I have been playing actively for almost two years, and I still struggle with my strumming, especially 3/4 time… I think your new course could definetely help to improve my playing because I have already learned some things with the counting aspect and thinking of my pick as a brush and making sure I brush the correct strings depending on the chords along with¬†concentrating more on the¬†wrist and finger motion.¬†¬†
    Even if I don’t win a free copy of your new course, I would be interested in purchasing it, if it’s not too expensive.
    Thanks again for sharing this short lesson and being such a great inspiration for others!
    Theresa Russell      

  221. Steveturner55 November 29, 2012 at 4:15 am #

    I learned to use all six strings with the C cord, and to use the index finger on the six string of the G cord. I have seen this and resisted using this method, but I am using it now and it has made embellishing much easier! my greatest challenge in strumming comes from not liking to do it, so I tend to solo. I do love the results of strumming and find it very useful in songwriting because it creates sound diversity and distinguishes the chorus from the verses. Essentials of Strumming and Rythm can be the motivational tool I need to help me master strumming. Thanks and rock on!

  222. Dgoddard52 November 29, 2012 at 5:39 am #

    ThanksColin It is nice to see a Video that slows ot down for us beginers and It shows that going a little Slower Is easier for us to see just Where his Fingers are, Thanks Doug Goddard

  223. Sagujoshi November 29, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    some of the basic strumming techniques which is the base of all hard strumming patterns.
    i m bit weak in reythemetic section thats why bit weak in strumming.
    it can make base very clear for further learning.

  224. Peepping November 29, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    Colin,
    ¬†¬†¬†¬† Wow, Bingo!!!!Counting, Rhythm…these are where my limited guitar knowledge, came out really limited. At 64, I am a slow l (err..poor) learner, I can be a challenge to you, let me learn counting and understand rhythm. Ha..ha..
                                                                             Peepping

  225. Oscar le Bassiste November 29, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Turning 60 next year and still learning from any Riff Ninja video I see.
    Just picked up my guitar and strummed along with you!
    Just you keep on with these awesome play along videos, and in time
    the world will be a better place to be:
    everyone will be making music!

  226. Thomas Moore November 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Daniel is awesome. I have trouble using a pick so this course would be great.

  227. Kiedw54 November 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    Thanks for your strumming lessons. gosh I really have to work hard at it. I am a beginner for the past few years (seriously) cant seem to get it right. Will continue fighting the good fight though. I just would not give up. Helpful tips though. really wish I could afford to buy at least a lesson from you guys. Anyhow your free lessons are very helpful. Down, Down up down. thanks again. 

  228. Tony November 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

     Thank you for the informative lesson.
    The teaching is very clear and concise, the lesson was very easy to follow along  too. It has highlighted my need to count along  as i play to obtain a  much better sense of rhythm .
    many thanks 

  229. Thereogesdoc November 30, 2012 at 3:12 am #

    I am really glad to see this addressed , as it is something I have been struggling with for over a year in spite of several guitar instructors.  Just the short  instruction on the video has helped to start clearing the confusion associated with the strumming and rhythm. thanks :

  230. Dennis L. Mullert November 30, 2012 at 5:08 am #

    I am a 72 year old Veteran from the Vietnam era.  I started taking guitar classes as a Musical Therapy patient in Miami, Florida.  Due to family hardships I have had to transfer to Dallas, Texas.  Unfortunately the VA in Texas does not have this program and I have had to try to keep up by going to the Internet for formal education.  It is never the same.  I immensily miss the proper instruction that is required to learn how to play the guitar the right way  I saw your video and was very much enthused and motivated and know that whoever is the chosen person will defenitely appreciate it.  Thank you for sharing your talent with the world.  
    D’ns Mullert ¬† ¬†¬†

  231. Dcline December 1, 2012 at 2:36 am #

    I’m a 55 year old beginner and have been focusing on learning chords of various kinds.¬† Haven’t really focused much on the strumming side of things.¬† Hurt my right shoulder and can’t practice much with my right hand but could spend some time working on various strumming patterns with my left hand.¬† This course could help me keep moving forward while my shoulder heals up.¬† Thanks.

  232. sharon December 2, 2012 at 3:58 am #

    THANK YOU
    STRUMMING SMOOTHLY HAS BEEN WHAT I NEED TO LEARN
    THIS WHAT SIMPLE, WELL EXPLAINED AND VIEWED
    THANK YOU  AND GOD BLESS YOU
     

  233. 550james Tj December 2, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    jonathan you talk alot about a light coming on for people from your course, well that happened with me, the way Collin explained counts and measures, and fractioning for strumming Thanks

  234. Timothy Mark James December 3, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    Jonathin you talk alot about a light coming on for people from your course, well that happend with me,the way your friend Collin explained counts and measures, and fractioning for strumming. He explains and breaks it down simply. I don’t even have my guitar handy since im a truck driver and broke a tunning key on my guitar from taking it on the road without a case,and i still picked up valuable info, i did play drums a little as a teenager also so I understand about counting, can’t wait to try it on my other good guitar thanks so much

  235. Dbcool1 December 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    A Good video for beginners. It gives one the feeling that you are actually with an instructor guiding you through the hard parts. That is the kind of involvement beginners need. One could repeat the lesson over and over until it is perfected. Very well done.

  236. Michaelabarno December 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    good instructions, made it very clear

  237. Dajaviewcomm December 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Sounds great…but I believe most potential buyers would like to see a sample of the video course before buying…just my own observation.
    Daja

    • Jonathan Boettcher December 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

      ¬†That’s exactly why we offer a free trial… there is no purchase required and you get to take the entire thing for a test drive.

      • Dalemullen December 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

         Jonathan:
        Why are you hiding the cost(s) here? I’ve purchased from you before and you provided what you promised. However, this ad creates nothing but suspicion. As the old hamburger ad stated, “Where’s the meat?”.

        • Joanthan December 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

          ¬†The costs are not hidden intentionally, but only because they aren’t relevant at this point in the process. The trial is completely free, as stated, and we do not ask for any payment information. Filling out billing address is very different than providing a credit card.
          If you like what you see inside, then at that point you’ll be sent to another page (http://www.riffninja.com/register/) where the costs are all laid out, and you can decide if you want to pay for it.

          • Dalemullen December 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

            ¬†OK Jonathan. I guess I’ll let this one go, at least until I know the full costs, up front.

  238. George91 December 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    You ask for a lot of information for a free trial

  239. Bjorn_brooks December 18, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    totally wicked rightous broriito. good strumming lesson for beginers!!!!!!!!!1

  240. phillip trosclair December 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    how much after 3 days?

  241. Eeconner December 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    I TRIED ALL WAYS AND WHAT I RECIEVED FROM YOU TO LET ME INTO THE LESSONS WILL NOT LET ME IN WHAT IS THE PASSWORD PLEASE YOU WANT ME TO USE?
    EARL

  242. Dalemullen December 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    How about an indication as to what this will cost? Without the bottom line, it’s senseless to go any further.

  243. Bajatennis December 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    I have to agree with Dalemullen and also why do I have to give you my billing info……Let me see if I am going to like it first before I give you any information……

  244. Wendy Quenneville July 3, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    I can’t wait until I can afford to get this strumming & rhythm course. I’m excited with the lessons on this video. $70 is a bit steep right now, even though I’m sure it’s worth it. Colin did a great job on his instructions. Very clear. I’m sure it can do these strumming patterns. Thank you, Colin.

  245. Mario da Silva September 27, 2014 at 1:55 am #

    I love the sound of your guitar (and amp, obviously). You're 'teaching' strumming and pressing the strings clearly, on the individual chord presses, but I don't understand why people strum all the 'open' strings on the 'and' while really playing and while changing chords… it sounds 'off' but maybe i'm picky about not strumming the open strings (so loudly)…? Thanks, and keep up the nice tones.

  246. Josh Stor August 13, 2015 at 2:21 am #

    Does anyone know the strumming pattern of let me love you by mario plead help I'm struggling

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