When you first start playing the guitar, you might be wondering about different strumming patterns or even how to strum a guitar in general. Sure, you can play downstrokes on downbeats…but is there more? Today, we’re going to be looking at the boom chick pattern often associated with country music.
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Boom Chick Guitar 101
The basic premise of the boom chick pattern involves a single note followed by a strum. In a way, you’ll be playing both bass lines and guitar! As with all elements of the guitar, it may take some time to be competent at this strumming pattern. Be patient with yourself, and stick to the 30-day challenge!
To start learning this guitar strumming pattern, follow along with this exercise.
- Grab a G chord. If you aren’t sure how to do this, check out our guitar chords lesson here.
- On the 1 and 3 beats, you’re going to be hitting a single note. For beat 1, you’ll play the low E string, and on beat 3, you’ll play the D string.
- On the 2 and 4 beats, you’re going to strum the guitar. When you strum, play through the entire chord.
- Start playing through this boom chick pattern at a slow tempo. You’ll only be playing downbeats, so make sure each beat is a downstroke.
This exercise is all about feeling comfortable on the pick mechanics. Hitting the low E string, strumming, and hitting the D string can be difficult. We don’t expect anyone to master this strumming pattern is just one day. Be sure to start on a slow tempo, and gradually work your way up to faster tempos as you feel more comfortable with it.
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