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Bandwa gon Mu s i c S t ud i o s
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COMBINING STRUM PATTERNS
Another way to experiment with your
strumming is to combine strum patterns.
A good example of this is the song “Good
Riddance” by Greenday, which uses two of the
most popular strums – rock strum number 2 and
3 as well as some 2 bar strum patterns.
By mixing strum patterns you will add variety
to the sound of the song.
Another reason for mixing strum patterns is to
be able to play bars where chords last for
different lengths. Like the standard way we’ve
played a mixture of one chord in a bar and two
chords in a bar.
Try these examples for Stand By Me. There
are mixtures of rock strums 2, 3, 3a, two bar
strum patterns and also changing early.
STAND BY ME
G
G
Em
Em
C
D
G
G
(a)
No 3
No 3
No 3
No 3
No 2
No 2
No 2
No 2
(b)
No 3
No 3
No 3a
No 3a
No 2
No 2
No 2
No 2
(c)
2 BAR
2 BAR
No 3
No 3
No 2
No 2
(d) 2 BAR
2 BAR
No 3a
No 3a
No 2
No 2
(e)
2 BAR
2 BAR
No 2
No 2
No 3a
No 3a
(f)
2 BAR
2 BAR
No 3
No 3a
No 2
No 2
(g)
No 3
No 3
No 3a
No 3a
2 BAR
Change
Early
2 BAR
(h)
No 3
No 3
No 3a
No 3a
2 BAR
Change
Early
2 BAR
Change
Early
(i)
No 3a
No 3a
2 BAR
2 BAR
Change
Early
No 3
No 2
(j)
2 BAR
No 3a
No 2
No 2
No 3
2 BAR