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Chords Leve l 2
Bandwa gon Mu s i c S t ud i o s
Here are some new strumming techniques that
will add variety to your rhythm playing. They
can be used with open and bar chords. Some of
these techniques are for your strumming hand
while others are for the chord hand.
Practice and think about them so that they will
become a natural part of your playing. Start to
use these techniques
in all your songs.
(a) Accenting.
Accent means to play louder than normal.
Sometimes it will be only a little louder or
other times it will be quite a lot louder.
Normal accenting is that each and every beat in
the bar (for all time signatures) will be
accented, while any strums that fall in between
the beat are not accented e.g. the “&” counts.
The strength of the accent for different beats
is varied though.
The strongest beat of any bar is count 1 and is
therefore played with a very strong accent. By
having count 1 strongly accented it is easy to
know where the beginning of each bar is. The
other beats will be accented, though each may
have varying strengths of accents. By having
the beats accented it is easy to know where
the beats are and makes it easier to play as you
can “feel” whereabouts in the music you are. So
accenting gives music its rhythmic feel. If all
strums were played with the same volume music
would sound flat and boring. It would make it
hard to clap along with or dance to.
In 4/4 each count will be accented. Count 1 is
the strongest, count 3 is the next strongest,
while counts 2 and 4 have the weakest accents.
In 3/4 each count will be accented. Count 1 is
the strongest while counts 2 and 3 are weaker
than count 1.
To break away from the standard rules of
accenting any beat can be accented more than
it normally would be or maybe the normally
strong accents can be played weakly. Even any
non-beat strum can be accented.