Beginners Lesson 9

In this lesson we will talk about simple strumming. I'll keep this lesson very simple because this is just the start. If you think that you don't need to go through this lesson you can easily move to next lesson.
Lets start...

There are 2 directions of strumming. 1st is down, called down or downward strumming, 2nd is up, called up or upward strumming. Lets start with down strumming.

for down strumming as its name suggests strumming toward floor. In down strumming you start your strumming from bass strings(thicker strings) eg E, A, D..
hence the bass strings recives more energy from the strum.
make sure you are striking all strings needed for the chord. Eg.- for E maj chord all six strings, for A maj chord all 5 strings (leaving thickest E string or the sixth string).
try strumming each chord with down strumming.

Now lets add up strum to down strums...
for up strumming you start strum from treble strings(thinner strings) and end it on bass strings. so in up strumming treble strings recieves more energy from the strum.
So now try down strum and up strum alternatively.
when you are comfortable with it try increasing your speed slowly. but remember to strum alternatively right now.

You add down strum and up strum for balance.

The basics of changing chord with your guitar strumming

For this basic we will try E maj or major chord and D maj chord.
So lets start with downstroke..
Put your finger on fret board in E maj shape chord. Now strum downward and then upward. Repeat this pattern 4 times. and again and again. that is--

The difficult thing at first is keeping that up and down strumming rhythm constant while your fretting hand negotiates the chord changes. That's why we've done this all in stages. Don't let the chord changes interrupt your strumming rhythm. Keep that strumming hand/arm in relentless motion!

Tip: It's often impossible to change chord within that tiny space of time between the last "and" and the next "1" of the beat, as you have to physically lift off the chord you're on to move to another chord.

What you should do is when you are strumming 4th upstroke or the final upstroke before changing the chord, lift your hand from the fret board while upstroking and put your hand on the next chord. you have to do this while last upstroke is being executed. With the start of upstroke lift your hand; move it to the next chord shape while execution of upstroke is in middle; put your fingers on the fretboard in the next chord position till the end of upstroke. and start the cycle of strumming again.