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Using bass runs to link your chords together
Instead of strumming the same old chords and using the same old strumming patterns as most people do, I like to show all my students how to have fun linking chords together with “bass runs”.
It’s fun. Let’s choose a G and Em chord as an example.
- Strum the G chord once
- Now let’s find a melodic way to travel from his chord to the Em on the bass strings
- Pluck frets 3, 2, 0 on the low E string (this works really well)
- Now strum the E minor
This is simple, and probably one of the most commonly used examples in music too, but it sounds great, especially when you combine it with stylish strumming patterns, exciting chord progression, and later, even more fun ideas, like pick strumming and percussive hits.
If you ever get bored with strumming, methodically bring in these ideas one at a time.
Do that and you can transform your strumming over the next few months, or if you’re already good at strumming, you should try to refine these ideas.
Give it a go and if you want a complete guide on this, check this out…
Enjoy your Saturday!
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