The Rhythm Push

The strumming push is a rhythmic technique that adds excitement to your guitar playing!

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Wow that D to G change in the push is a hard one for me. Pressure is on. More 1 min changes needed i guess.

I can do the push with nearly all others but my broken pinky is not wanting to play ball. I really struggle with D to G. Especially under pressure.

The not strumming on 1 also throws a spanner in the works. It felt really really really weird at the start. What did it for me was following your advice and not even fretting chords but just playing the muted strings. This is how i practice my strumming patterns so i dont annoy the neightbors too much.

I’ve been playing the “old faithful” pattern on a few songs like “I’ve never met a girl like you before” which changes from D to Am on the first up. So have I been doing this for a while now? (other than missing the whole not strumming on beat one thing, which will take a while)

I’ve not been comfortable with the “push” technique and so I hadn’t ever given it much attention. As I’m going thru reviewing the new BC I decided I really want to try to make sure I pick-up any techniques that I missed previously.
My question relates to the push strum, the & on 4. Normally on an up strum only the highest few strings are played, so with the push is this still the case or should we try for all of the usual strings for that chord. So for example, on a G-chord (or E, Em, etc) all 6 strings. The reason I ask is that for some of these chords like the Em, the only fretted strings are 4&5. Doing the up-strum on an Em and hitting only the highest 3 strings would be the same as an up-strum on all open strings. For example, on a G chord, should I try to include all 6 strings?
Hope this makes sense. thanks,

Hi Glen
You only need 3 note to create Major or minor chords. G major the notes are G B D. When up
strumming if you hit just the e B G strings the notes you are hitting are G on the e string B on
the B string and G on the G string so you are playing a G major Triad.

Em the notes are E G B so if you strum the e B and G strings you’re playing Em.
E major the notes are E G# and B when you strum the e B G stings you will hit the notes
E B G# this works with almost all your chords even 7th chords like G7 A7 etc.

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Ok, thanks Stitch. I hadn’t thought of triads on the lower strings in this context, it makes perfect sense.

Great lesson here Justin. The guitar shot with strumming pattern over the top, starting slow with the tempo and picking it up, provides a great way to learn. Thanks.

In the video Justin says that in the song “For What It’s Worth”, the strumming actually has a push in most chord changes. This is almost the only song i can play for now, and i usually do it with the old faithful pattern. If i were to try to incorporate the push, should i just switch to the pattern used in this video? Is it possible to mix and match patterns?? Or better, what’s the best way to progress in difficulties? Thank you!

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The song Don’t You (forget about me) might be a simpler one to start with.

Only the Em chord is pushed.