This is me at the end of a practice session today. Feel free to critique, but be gentle while you do it.
Edit: Forgot to mention. I practice with and without a pick, but for various reasons I suspect my main playing style will be without one. I’m using the nails on my thumb and second finger to strum.
Hey Scott, I’m assuming you posted a video like this because you’re after tips.
I was going to mention using a pick - then saw your edit. I’d really encourage you to use a pick. For most beginners a pick feels foreign, and hands feel easier. A pick is an essential guitarists tool and allows for a very different sound than fingers, so stick with it. Do both.
My main feedback would be on the strumming arm. Keep it moving like a metronome (exceptions later on for right hand muting etc, that’s not relevant yet). It’s ok to miss a strum now and again if you just keep going right on time.
I am looking for feedback, yes. Thank you for this.
Your changes sound nice and clean to me Scott, so all good there.
Some great advice from @jkahn
I went went down the 's path of least resistance and am paying for my sins
Good to learn both
Edit: forgot to say that’s good progress you’re making, Scott.
Sounds good Scott. Just keep that strumming arm moving like JK said
Im also with @jkahn and @brianlarsen about the pick… use pick from the start and learn both.
It is very very hard to re learn using a pick later on… speaking of experience
Chord changes sound good to my ears, Scott.
Basically, the good advice is already up there regards the movement of the strumming arm and the pick use. Here’s another that initially learned without pick and it took a while getting used to it again.
Good progress in short time - well done and keep it going.