Guitar Strumming Techniques Explained

San Francisco, CA (PressExposure) January 06, 2010 -- This release covers the most important skills a guitar player has to acquire in order to effectively play the rhythm. As it turns out technique is not that important and every guitar player should feel free to improvise his own movements which suits him best.

"Several guitar strumming techniques are available, but you should develop your own style. If you look at Al Di Meola, John Mclaughlin, Eric Clapton and other guitar masters you will notice they all have their own style. The easiest part to personalize is your strumming technique as it doesn't have to be precise, and it doesn't have to copy what is written in the rhythm pattern" Hober said.

The easiest way to keep the rhythm is by tapping your foot. Sometimes your position does not allow you to tap your foot easily.This means you are not comfortable and this obstacle will further hurt your guitar playing until you take care of it. A simple position is to cross your legs and hold the guitar on the right leg(if you're right handed), this should ensure that your legs are relaxed and you do not have to stretch to reach the fretboard and the strings.

The more advanced guitar strumming techniques which every guitarist should master start with tapping your foot in counter-rhythm, or playing in counter-rhythm compared to the tapping of your foot. Generally this is hard to learn, but for some people it comes naturally. The biggest asset you gain from this technique is that you have a base for improvisation and it is easier for the listener to connect with what you are playing.

Interesting techniques are available, like the golpes characteristic to the flamenco guitar playing. The golpes involve hitting the guitar case while playing the rhythm to enrich it and to add flavor to the song. Masters like Paco de Lucia, Gerardo Nunez and Manolo Sanlucar always employ this technique when not soloing.

About Hober Smith

A combination of styles can yield interesting results, and as players develop new guitar strumming techniques the possibilities available broaden considerably. For more information visit Guitar Strumming Techniques.

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Press Release Submitted On: January 06, 2010 at 6:06 am
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