Strum Pattern Tricks

Strum Pattern Tricks is a free lesson for acoustic guitar by Peter Vogl. You will learn how to play the chord progression featured on Track 5 (D Ballad) of the Let’s Jam! Unplugged CD. The progression features the D, G, A, and Em chords. Peter will show you several ways to spice up this chord progession by adding some strumming techniques. First he’ll cover playing a mixture of strums and picked notes from the chord. Peter will then teach how to play a drag strum and how to combine it with hammer ons on the chord notes. Practice these techniques and then apply them to other chord progressions you know to add some variety to your rhythm playing.

Let’s start by reviewing the chords used in this song

The strum pattern for this song will also include the picking of a few individual notes.