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It'll come with practice. Strumming took me years to master. And I'm still learning 26 years after starting guitar.

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It'll come with practice. Strumming took me years to master. And I'm still learning 26 years after starting guitar.

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I'm still playing nursery rhymes and children's songs.
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I'm still playing nursery rhymes and children's songs.
I remember those days. When I first started playing guitar it was kids songs playing single notes. Once I learned three chords I learned knocking on heaven's door. I played that over and over again for what seemed like a year.

Really though. If you can master 4 basic chords you can play a lot of songs that are popular nowdays. G D EM C. In that order usually. Throw in the odd Am and F chord and you have the basis of a lot of popular music.
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My problem is not the chords, its the strumming. I know 8 or 9 common chords ... but switching chords is sometimes a little too slow. Its getting faster, so its just a matter of practice. Still, the strumming patterns are what totally screw me up.

I have no natural rhythm (seriously) and that makes the strumming even worse.

I will never be a good player because my timing always speeds up or trails off, sometimes both in the same song! But I'm playing for ME and not to join a band. Its fun to play, despite the frustration.
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That's the spirit. For years I just played for me. I kinda reached a level of playing where I could switch chords quickly and keep a steady strumming pattern. For the past 5 years or so I have been playing a lot more and working on my technique. Now my strumming is coming along nicely. I routinely alternate strumming while playing a song. For example. If a song has a chorus that plays over and over again towards the end, I'll start the chorus softly using my hand to mute the strings while strumming gently in downward strokes. Then I'll continue the chorus strumming harder using downstrokes and not muting it anymore with my hand. The final time around on the chorus I'll throw in upstrokes in a steady pattern to build momentum to the end of the song.

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Clear as mud?
I understand.

My hands & mind don't work in conjunction with what I understand.
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No updates on this thread for quite a while but I have not given up.

It has been hard to practice during the holiday season, which is also the competitive fencing season, so I've not really had much time to do any real practicing. I have restrung one of my more frequently played ukuleles with a new set of strings. I've messed around a bit. But I need to get back to my daily practice sessions; something I hope to start up again next week.
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Well I guess there is an update. After posting the above 'non-update' early this morning I did find a bit of time a short while ago to pick up the Magic Fluke uke. Played "Dropkick Me Jesus" a couple of times. Badly. But I remembered the chords and managed the chord changes, albeit slowly.

I was pretty happy that I could sort-of/semi manage that little ditty of a song. Its a simple song but on my best day its about as much as I have been able to manage to properly play so the fact that I was able to actually stumble my way through it was heartening.
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