Denys Berezhnyi

Guitar-plus-Vocal School

Strumming Patterns Collection
(techniques, audio)

These Guitar Strum Patterns created specially for learning to sing and play guitar at the same time. I needed them for webcam lessons. But I found different collections of rhythmic patterns, many of whom, unfortunately, are completely useless for self-accompaniment. I have not found the really useful audio and video on the internet. So I made them. I used all of strumming patterns from this collection in teaching, creating and performing vocal music.

  1. (↑ ↓ ↓↓) Four-four time, one move equals one eighth note, with and without bass

  2. (↑ ↑ ↑↓ ↓↑↓ ↑↓) Four-four time, one move equals one sixteenth note, with and without bass

  3. (b ↓ ↓↓) Four-four time, one move equals one eighth note, with bass and palm mute

  4. (b ↑↓ ↑↓) Four-four time, without syncopation

  5. (b ↓alt b ↓ ↓) Shuffle rhythm, with alternating bass and palm mute

  6. (b ↓alt b↓↓) Four-four time, straight rhythm, with alternating bass

  7. (b ↑↓↑↓ ↑↓↑↓) Six-eight time, slow

    (b ↑↓↑↓ ↑↓↑↓) Six-eight time, fast

  8. (b 321 321 321 321) Six-eight time, with plucks and accent on down stroke, fast and slow

  9. (b ↑ ↑↓↑ ↑↓↑↓) Four-four time, with syncopation, accent on "3-and"

  10. (b ↑↓↑↓ ↑↓↑↓ ↑↓) Four-four time, with syncopation, accent on "2-and"

  11. (b ↑↓↑↓alt b ↑↓↑↓) Three-four time, waltz rhythm, without/with palm mute

  12. (↑ ↑) Two-four time and four-four time, march

  13. (↓↑↑↓↓↑↑↓) Twelve-eight time, groups of three pulses with up stroke and down stroke accents, without and with chord changes

  14. (↓↑↑↓↓↑↑↓↓↑↓) Four-four time, with 5 accents

    (b ↑ ↑↓) Another type of strum pattern with 5 accents, for slow songs

  15. (b ↓↑↑↓↓↑↑↓↓) Four-four time, with bass and 5 accents, fast and slow

  16. (p↓p↓↓) Four-four time, "Eight" is a famous strumming pattern of the 20th century, fast and slow

  17. ( ↓↑↓) Four-four time, with down stroke accents

  18. ( ↓ ↑ ↓ ↑ ↑↓↑↓) Another type of strum pattern with down stroke accents, four-four time

  19. (↑ ↑ ↓) Four-four time, straight rhythm, one stroke equals one eighth note

  20. (↑ ↑ ↑↓) Another type of strum pattern with straight rhythm, four-four time

  21. (b↓↓) Four-four time, straight rhythm, one stroke equals one eighth note, with nonalternating bass and palm mute

  22. (b v^^) Four-four time, with staccato

  23. (p↓p↓ ^^v) Twelve-eight time, fast and slow

  24. (b ↓alt b ) Two-four time, with alternating bass, fast and slow

  25. (b alt b b alt b ↓) Two-four time, with alternating bass, syncopated fourth bass

  26. (b b́ ↓b́ ↓↓) Four-four time, one move equals one sixteenth note, with alternating bass, syncopated third and fourth basses, b́ - bass with simultaneous up stroke, fast and slow

  27. (b ↑ ↓↑↓ ↓ ↓↓↑↓) Four-four time, one move equals one sixteenth note, with palm mute

  28. (b ↓^ v ↓) One version of reggae

  29. (b ↓alt b↓↓) (b alt b ) (b́ alt b́ ) (↓) Accelerando in Romani songs, here without chord changes

Video illustrations:
Strum pattern No. 1 (↑ ↑↓ ↓↑↓) considered primitive and unprofessional. Contemporary accompaniment refutes this view. Song shows big potential of this strumming technique.

Lullaby (D. Berezhnyi - R. Kusimov)


In the next song used rhythmic patterns No. 8 (b 321 321 ↑ 321 321), No. 7 (b ↑↓↑↓↑ ↑↓↑↓), simple arpeggios (b 3 2 1 2 3), and arpeggios with accented down stroke (b 3 2 ↑ 2 3), 6/8 time signature.

Mumu (D. Berezhnyi - S. Os)


Singing lessons? Voice? Or guitar lessons? Why is it important to learn to sing and self-accompanying on guitar at the same time. Who teaches this, and where. How to avoid common mistakes in selecting teacher. Pros and cons of learning in various music schools. How not to be caught in a net of video schools. Video lessons, in-person lessons, or online lessons via Skype — which is better? There are answers:
Guitar-plus-Vocal School
See also:
Correct Chord Diagrams;
Left Handed Guitar Chord Diagrams;
Guitar Strum Patterns for webcam lessons;
Notes on Guitar Fretboard;
Chord Construction and Fingerings. Universal Table;
Guitar Parts. Interactive image

© Denys Berezhnyi, denysberezhnyi.com.ua