The D Thing – Strumming & Picking Combined

Today’s lesson is really just focusing in on one particular type of rhythmic picking and strumming combination that I really enjoy doing.

Personally I like using this best on the acoustic guitar, and I use this picking & strumming technique a LOT. I love the rhythmic strumming sound mixed in with the distinct notes from the pick, and you can do an awful lot with this once you start messing with root notes and augmenting chords and things like that.

All in all, a handy one for any guitar player to have in their back pocket.

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rick - September 21, 2011 Reply

great lesson .thanks for takeing the time

    Frank - September 21, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathan.
    Great to see you again I miss your lessons that was a great one.
    Thanks Frank.

    Tim - September 22, 2011 Reply

    Great little lesson Jonathan!!
    Sounds good

Jim - September 21, 2011 Reply

That was awesome, can you do some more of that style of playing.


Nick108 - September 21, 2011 Reply


Jesse James - September 23, 2011 Reply

Hi Jonathon
Excellent video that can really boost the confidence when I conqueror this one. I have been trying this line of playing for a while, and this clears things up somewhat as to where I was messing up. I have been doing a lot of hammer on’s now, and the pull offs are getting better also. The hammer on’s are like a second nature now.

I love the Tak you are playing there.

Once again, Thank you every so much for this and all your efforts in helping people progress with the guitar.


Pearl - September 24, 2011 Reply

Hi Jonathon,

That lesson works for me!


justin - November 19, 2011 Reply

Very nice

geronimo - January 7, 2012 Reply

this sounds really good on a eight string tune the eight string to f# and the seven string to A

Strumz - February 7, 2013 Reply

Sweet. That really brings out the D chords character. Thanks!

mike - November 24, 2014 Reply

Nice video would like to see more of that, been trying to figure this style out for awhile, doing well but can’t seem to figure in a little lick or 2 to go inbetween all that strumming, strum, strum, strum becomes a bore without a little spice inthe middle, would like more of the same, but a little more advanced.

Thanks Much

    Jonathan Boettcher - December 1, 2014 Reply

    Hi Mike – I actually have an entire section in my new Dynamic Rhythm Guitar course dedicated to this style of playing… I recommend checking it out:

      Alex - April 6, 2019 Reply


Douglas - January 11, 2015 Reply

Great little lesson to add to all the other great lessons that you have given me and everyone else

lisa - December 16, 2018 Reply

Health in your hand. has been a nice sharing. I am constantly following. Thank you.

john - March 5, 2019 Reply

wonderful lesson keep sharing worthy stuff

Guitar Lizard - April 6, 2019 Reply

Cool lesson! Keep it up man!

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