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Rhythm Guitar Basics 5

The Beginner's Course

Very useful strum pattern this one and helps with your pick control too!

This is worth learning even if you're not a country music fan.

This is a slightly more advanced rhythm guitar pattern. In this pattern we separate out the bass note of the chord and the actual strum. It is a really cool-sounding technique and it can make your rhythm playing sound a lot more interesting.

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This pattern really works - please remember to take it slow and work on accuracy of the bass note and nice even strumming between them!

So what is the bass note for each chord? Well you should know that, if not then go revise BC-171 • Notes In The Open Position - and just remember that the bass note will be the note name of the chord!


It's fine to use an anchor when you play the bass note and then release it for the strum, I do it that way most of the time, but you don't have to.

You should still be tapping your foot on each beat too (you should get in the habit of always tapping your foot) - the beat in this one is the bass notes and the down strums.

Fun over. Now we have to learn a scale... just joking :) Scales are cool and help you make up solos - so lets get started in BC-176 • Minor Pentatonic Scale

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Lesson ID: BC-175