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Bass Note Plus Strum

Once you’ve mastered theĀ basic strumming patterns, plucking the bass note and adding a strum pattern is the next step, which is what you’ll be learning in this lesson.

After you’ve mastered this lesson, add another note to the root note, and startĀ alternating between I and V!

Example #1

For the “C” chord, you start off by picking the 5th string, 3rd fret which is your “C” root note, then follow with the whole chord.

For the “Em” chord, you start off by picking the 5th string, 2nd fret which is your “B” note (5th note in the Em scale), then follow with the whole chord.

For the “Am” chord, you start off by picking the open 5th string, which is the “A” root note, then follow with the whole chord.

For the “G” chord, you start off by picking the 6th string, 3rd fret which is your “G” root note, the follow with the whole chord.

Bass-Lines1

Example #2

For the “C” chord, you start off by picking the 5th string, 3rd fret which is your “C” root note, then follow with the whole chord. Then pick the 6th string, 3rd fret which is your “G” note (5th note in the C scale), then follow with the whole chord.

For the “Em” chord, you start off by picking the 5th string, 2nd fret which is your “B” note (5th note in the Em scale), then follow with the whole chord. Then pick the open 6th string, which is your “E” root note, then follow with the whole chord.

For the “Am” chord, you start off by picking the open 5th string, which is the “A” root note, then follow with the whole chord. Then pick the open 6th string, which is your “E” note (5th note in the Am scale), then follow with the whole chord.

For the “G” chord, you start off by picking the 6th string, 3rd fret which is your “G” root note, the follow with the whole chord.Then pick the 5th string, 2nd fret, which is your “B” note (3rd note in the G scale), then follow with the whole chord.

Bass-Lines2

 

Basic Strum Patterns

If you’re a beginner and having difficulty with your strumming patterns, then this lesson is a good place to work on that.

Once you’ve mastered the material in this lesson, move on to the Bass Note Plus Strum lesson.

 

Example #1: straight 1/8th notes

Example #2: first beat is a quarter note, last three beats are 1/8th notes

Example #3: beats 1 and 3 are quarter notes, 2 and 4 are 1/8th notes

Examples #4 and #5 are combinations of the first 3

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4-5

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