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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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