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Chords Leve l 2
Bandwa gon Mu s i c S t ud i o s
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BASS - CHORD STRUMMING
With this style of strumming it is best to
picture that you will be playing two guitars.
You will be playing the bass guitar on strings 4,
5 and 6; and playing the chord guitar on strings
1, 2 and 3.
When playing you make these two guitars work
together by hitting only one single bass string
and then strumming the chord strings.
Sometimes the two guitars can be called parts
or voices. So the bass guitar can be called the
bass voice or bass part while the chord guitar
can be called the chord voice or chord part.
The chord strings are also known as the treble
strings.
It is very important to keep the bass guitar
and chord guitar separate - you must be able to
hear the two guitars distinctly. So make sure
not to hit the bass strings when strumming.
The basic difference between this style and
normal strumming is the number of strings and
what strings we hit with each strum. Generally
we make the first strum a single bass string
with the rest being strummed as before (but
only on strings 1, 2 and 3). Sometimes there are
two bass notes in a bar. Use the same strum
directions you used in normal strumming.
Notice the two tiered system of writing. The
bottom note with its stem pointing down is to
show the bass guitar, while the top notes with
their stems facing upwards are for the chord
part. This is necessary not only to show bass
and chord parts but to also show correct
timing. Here is strum pattern 3 shown as it
looks when converted to bass-chord strumming.
Fast strum number 3 – TAB notation.
Normal strumming.
Bass Chord strumming.
See how the strings are struck with the same
timing but in the bass-chord style the bass
note rings for 4 counts while the chord strings
are strummed. Notice in the bass-chord
pattern that beat 1 in the guitar part is a rest
because you are playing a bass note and the
guitar part strings are silent.