Guitar Beginner Strumming Tutorial

Hello everyone, it’s time for the COVENANT guitar class again, today I will share with you some knowledge about guitar playing.

Strumming is the most common playing technique for many songs in guitar tablature. Let’s have a look at the chord diagram below.

Let’s first look at how the hands are crossed:

guitar strum                       Guitar strumming sheet music

Next, I will introduce several simple ways to play strumming rhythm

Let’s do a simple exercise first:guitar Am Strumming

This is an exercise of “pure down-sweeping technique”, just sweep down with the right hand at a constant speed, just learn to sweep down evenly when you start to practice strumming!  Let’s discuss the “Cheats of Sweeping Strings” below.


Let’s talk about the above “pure down dial” exercise again. Some students must have discovered that although it is a “pure down dial” exercise, our right hand must still move back and forth.  And the strumming is driven by the arm. Your wrist goes back and forth – up – down – up, in order to sweep the next “down dial”. The right hand must return along the trajectory of “up pick”, but this “up pick” does not touch the string. We call it “fake action”. As shown by the dotted line in the figure below:

The use of “fake action” will make our strumming rhythm very rich, which will bring “good news” to students who have a bad sense of strumming rhythm

Looking back, it is very important to understand what a “fake action” is, and it will become a means for us to change the rhythm in the future.

Guitar strumming sheet music

We changed the first “sweep up” and the third “sweep up” in the picture into a fake action “sweep up” into a fake action. And did not sweep the strings, so the “sweep down” in the front, and the tone The “time value” has been extended.

The rhythm changes as shown in the figure:

It should be noted that the back and forth strumming of the right arm should be kept at a constant speed and smooth. Due to the addition of fake movements, many students’ right hand movements become uncoordinated and unsmooth. It affects the accuracy of rhythm. Please practice more.


Practicing strumming through this kind of thinking, students of math guitar no longer need to ask people everywhere for “what to sweep with this rhythm. And what to sweep with that rhythm”! For complex rhythms, we can use “fake moves” to assist in strumming, which will become easier to learn.


Enter the example explanation below. Let’s warm up together and lay the foundation first.

Requirements: The back and forth strumming strength should be uniform, the speed should be stable, not too fast.  It is best to be able to beat the beat with your feet or count the beats (one, two, three, four). The following exercises are all evolved from this exercise, and are all based on this exercise. No matter how their rhythm changes, the back and forth movements of the right hand should be uniform and smooth. Only in this way can the accuracy of the rhythm be guaranteed.


Many students are always difficult to grasp the rhythm of “attaching dots” and “segmentation”  Don’t worry, we also have a solution.

In the above exercises, we always use fake movements when sweeping up. If we use fake movements when sweeping down, we can wait for rhythms such as “attaching dots” and “splitting”.

Is it “depressing” to move the right hand according to the trajectory in the picture? This phenomenon is called “backbeat” in music, so let’s get familiar with it first.

Next, we put the “fake downward sweep” in the first half of the “second beat”, “third beat” and “fourth beat” for practice.

Right hand trajectory:

Do you know what the “arc” that appears in the above three exercises ? This “arc” is called the “sustain note” here, which means that the next “sweep down” does not need to be played.  Next, we explain some common rhythms.

Technical analysis: There are two fake moves,  and the upward pick in the second half of the first beat”.  And “the downward sweep in the first half of the third beat” are fake moves.


Friendly reminder again: the right hand must “swipe down” and “swipe up” at a constant speed and smoothly.

This is the end of the introduction of guitar strumming, see you in the next issue!