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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13 Responses to “The D Thing - Strumming & Picking Combined”

  1. rick September 21, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    great lesson .thanks for takeing the time

    • Frank September 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

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

    • Tim September 22, 2011 at 5:37 am #

      Great little lesson Jonathan!!
      Sounds good

  2. Jim September 21, 2011 at 9:55 am #

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


  3. Nick108 September 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm #


  4. Jesse James September 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    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.


  5. Pearl September 24, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    Hi Jonathon,

    That lesson works for me!


  6. justin November 19, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Very nice

  7. geronimo January 7, 2012 at 3:53 am #

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

  8. Strumz February 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

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

  9. mike November 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    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

  10. Douglas January 11, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

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

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