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Strumming Hand - 2 Minute Lesson

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

The strumming hand is often overlooked by guitar players. It is the voice of your instrument and you. I see lots of bad habits developed when beginning that can take lots of hard work and practice to fix.

Not strumming or picking the strings properly can create some unpleasant sounds coming from the guitar (sometimes this is good in a musical context but let it be by choice not by default)

Some Bad Technique

  • Strumming from the elbow

  • Holding the pic wrong

  • Burying the pic into the strings

Some Good Technique

  • Strum using the wrist

  • Hold the pic at a right angle to your thumb

  • Skim over the strings with the pic

  • Keep your moments as small as possible


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