Accent Picks and Strums in Country Bluegrass Rhythm
Lesson ID: A0106

In the previous lessons of this course, I showed you several techniques that will make your rhythm guitar sound more country and bluegrass. You learned how to play the most important strumming pattern in country and bluegrass music, and we practiced our strumming over some nice country bluegrass chord progressions and songs.

In this lesson, we’re going to make our strumming a bit more complex by adding country sounding accent picks and strums. I’ll break down the entire strumming pattern and show you how to play it over a few common open chords. Then we’ll apply the strumming pattern to a country bluegrass chord progression and practice strumming with a modern bluegrass song.

Lesson Overview

Accent Picks and Strums in Country Bluegrass Rhythm - Guitar Lesson

Strumming

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Strumming Overview
01:01 min Strumming Pattern with Accent Picks and Strums
02:35 min Down Beats and Up Beats – Pick and Strum Direction
03:34 min G Chord – Bass Line Picks
05:26 min The Best Way to Play an F Chord
07:24 min F Chord – Bass Line Picks
09:46 min C Chord – Bass Line Picks

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Progression

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Progression Overview
00:56 min Strumming Dynamics
01:41 min Strumming over a Two Measure Chord Group
03:29 min Bass Line Picks over a Two Measure Chord Group
05:02 min Listen to the Entire Progression
05:40 min G Chord Bass Line Hammer-on

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Chord Embellishment

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Listen to the Chord Embellishment
00:52 min Chord Embellishment Breakdown with Tablature
03:02 min Pick Direction
04:44 min Play the Chord Embellishment with the Progression
05:46 min Practice Tips

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Song Practice

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min A Good Song to Use for Practice
02:00 min Lesson Recap

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Listen

Practice playing the strumming pattern and chord progression we learned in this guitar lesson over the song “Thorn Tree Shade” by Volume Five. Although the strumming pattern we learned in this guitar lesson isn’t the same exact strumming pattern you hear in “Thorn Tree Shade”, it blends very nicely with this song and I think it will be a fun way to practice this style of strumming over an actual piece of music.

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