The Art Of Strumming 16th Notes

Keeping a relaxed arm and hand is really important when strumming.  Imagine that your arm has gone to sleep .  Now strum as if the pick is a paintbrush.  So angle the pick towards yourself as you do a downstroke then away from yourself when you do a upstroke.  Don’t get too involved with the strings it should feel easy and effortless.

A 16th note strummming pattern works best on slow/ medium paced  songs.


16th note strumming patterns

A 16th note strumming patterns means that there will be x4 strums per beat.

The Rhythm can be spilt into 4 parts

1  - e – & – a

this is a way of conuting the individual beats.

1 is the pulse/ beat number

e is the second part of a sixteenth note

& = the of beat

a = the third part of a sixteeth note

So in four beats we could use.

1  - e – & – a    2  – e – & – a   3  – e – & – a    4  – e – & – a

You could all count it using any four syllable word like

GEN – ER – A – TOR     or      TERM- IN – A – TOR

Have fun and enjoy, keep relaxed and try listening to songs to hear if you can work out the strumming pattern