Beginner Tips On Guitar Strumming

Here’s a guitar lesson for beginners on guitar strumming.

One of the most common things that I’ve heard from students is you’re having difficulties getting strumming down properly. In this lesson on guitar strumming, we’ll cover a very simple rhythm that you can use to practice your strumming, however I also talk about things like how to hold your pick, and a very important one… which strings to play. If you play the wrong strings, no matter how good your rhythm is, it will still sound muddy.

For instance, the D chord only uses the top four strings, so make sure you don’t play the 5th and 6th strings, or it really doesn’t sound good.

As always, leave a comment below the video and tell me what you think about it.

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If you found this lesson useful, I’d highly recommend checking out Colin Daniel’s free series of lessons for beginners on strumming – you can find those here. I’ve heard great feedback from students, even just on the free series. He gets into more detail than I’ve done in this lesson here.

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Wayne - December 16, 2009 Reply

got the strumming down pretty good

Beginner's Tips for Guitar Picking (Video) | Guitar Tips Weekly - December 22, 2009 Reply

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Wayne - December 30, 2009 Reply

Johnathan, I’m still checking out the previous tips sent to me. I haven’t had time to review them all because of the holidays and such. And still some of them require some practice, at least for me. But I am saving them in my folder to check out whn I have more time. So please keep sending them. Hope you had a great Christmas.

Jonathan Boettcher - December 30, 2009 Reply

Thanks Wayne – I had a great Christmas, and hope you did too!

Yup – the emails will keep on coming (they’re automatic =).


Chris - January 19, 2010 Reply

Hi Jonathon,

One great tip you said was strumming open strings with the right hand while changing chords with the left. I’ve been struggling with chord transitions, and can’t wait to try your tip on my next session.


Ed - February 26, 2010 Reply

Yo Jon! You are a very good teacher. I just started taking lessons and you explain things better. I was told to learn on an electric, is that right? Wish you gave lessons in Philly!

    Jonathan Boettcher - February 26, 2010 Reply

    Hi Ed, haha I’m a little ways away from Philly! You can learn guitar on anything, but its true that electric is probably a bit easier. Takes less finger strength, which is a good thing when you’re starting out.

Billy - April 9, 2010 Reply

Jonathan, You have a great talent for showing basic tips that can be
understood by beginner guitar students. Please keep up the good work.
I look forward to your next tip.

Edon - May 5, 2010 Reply

I’m just starting out and your lessons are great. I’m so glad I found your site. Thank you!

Allan - August 3, 2010 Reply

Thanks Jonathan you describe how to do things without all the BS that some sites have. you make it a lot easier to understand

Mario - May 14, 2011 Reply

Sarebbe interessante proseguire con altre lezioni di guitar strumming, progressivamente più impegnative, per approfondire questo argomento.



Elmerhatfield67 - October 13, 2012 Reply

thank you, I was needing some of that information!

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