The most exciting part in learning to play your guitar is learning how to strum. Here, we will give you several tips on how to learn guitar strumming easily and effectively for beginners.
Get accustomed to your own guitar
What you should able to do first before learning to strum your guitar is being familiar to your own guitar. You have to know how to hold it properly, how to use your pick, and how to make your guitar sound good.
1. Learn to hold your guitar properly
The best way of holding a guitar is placing it tight into your body, and keep it balanced. In order to strum well, you should keep your elbow (of the hand you use to strum) out of the string way. You should also place your hand near the guitar base. In this position, you will be able to use your wrist to strum more comfortably.
Let us focus on another hand that you are going to use to fret the guitar. Make sure that your thumb is placed on the center of the guitar neck. This position will make it easier for you to support the guitar neck while playing it.
2. Learn to hold your guitar pick properly
Not only should you learn how to hold your guitar, but you should also learn how to hold your pick. Grasp the guitar pick securely with your thumb. Leave few centimeters of it to strum your guitar. Or, if you are not yet familiar with the use of the pick, it will be better for you to strum your guitar without using a pick.
3. Make yourself familiar with your own guitar
You should know how to make your guitar sound good using your fretting hand. You should recognize how much you need to press the strings to create a good tone.
Learn to strum properly
Now, it is time for you to learn how to strum properly.
1. Strum at the right point
As a beginner, you have to explore the sounds resulting from your guitar. For example, you can strum at several points to see the difference between the sounds they created. By doing this, you will be able to find out the right point where you should strum your guitar.
2. Also try up stroke strum
Next, in learning guitar strumming, you should try various ways on how to strum your guitar, whether it is downstroke or upstroke.
3. Include your wrist
How the strum sounds will depend so much on how you move your wrist. It is important to remember that you should rely on your wrist in strumming your guitar, not your elbow.
Understand the basic pattern
1. Understand the up and down rhythms
In learning guitar strumming, it will be better if you try the up and down rhythm to make you accustomed to it. For example, you can try to have two stroke (up and down) for every beat, instead of one.
2. Play songs
Do not play the chords all the time. You should also challenge yourself to start playing a song, even if it is a simple one.