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Accent Picks and Strums in Country Bluegrass Rhythm

Lesson 5 – Country & Bluegrass Rhythm Course
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

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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Martin
Martin(@martinfan)
6 years ago

wow great lesson as always!

Jennifer
Jennifer (@guest_488)
5 years ago

thanks that helps a lot nice lesson : )

Tim Miller
Tim Miller(@tim)
5 years ago

Your way of teaching is simple and easy to follow along. Thanks for the great lesson!!

Anthony
Anthony (@guest_492)
5 years ago

very good lesson

Terry
Terry (@guest_609)
5 years ago

Love the guitar
What is the model?

Terry
Terry (@guest_612)
5 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Thanks Devin will be joining up today I like your style of teaching

cassarta11
cassarta11(@cassarta11gmail-com)
4 years ago
Reply to  Terry

D15 mahogany martin

Jocelyn Beauregard
Jocelyn Beauregard(@jocelyn)
5 years ago

Very crystal clear teaching…thanks Devin!

Dan
Dan(@djmclawsgmail-com)
5 years ago

Great Lesson! I am getting so much out of these lessons, and the progressions you are teaching make practicing very enjoyable. Huge thank you!

corydhorton
corydhorton(@corydhortongmail-com)
5 years ago

really gonna have to take out the metronome on this one. It sounds so pretty sped up. I will get there hopefully.

dmcintire1
dmcintire1(@dmcintire1cox-net)
5 years ago

In the lessons you have the tab shown as you play the lesson. There isn’t a PDF for practice. In my setup at home My computer isn’t in my practice area so I have to right everything down by hand or try and work from memory. Would be helpful if you could include a PDF
Thanks, Great lessons

dmcintire1
dmcintire1(@dmcintire1cox-net)
5 years ago

Update on previous comment
I came up with a workaround for me. I use my snipping tool to copy the DN UP patterns and can use my Mini Pad to view them If I need to.
I have Macular Degeneration and need Magnification to see tab, etc anyway so I can cast the snips up on my large screen TV to see them better.
Loving the lessons. You’ve got this teaching thing down.

Scott
Scott(@scottlathanicloud-com)
5 years ago

This one is gonna take some work, especially skipping strings. But I like these kind of drills that I can set a metronome and just go…..eventually it’s just happening without thinking about it.
Thanks Devin, my first day and I’m enjoying this immensely. You are passing on information that isn’t taught by many, none that I know of.

henrywbaker
henrywbaker(@henrywbakeryahoo-com)
4 years ago

I found that chord embellishment a little tricky  Devin

cassarta11
cassarta11(@cassarta11gmail-com)
4 years ago

Lové The chord embelisshments for this one. Would be great to get a lesson with hammer and pull off for country Music ..

cassarta11
cassarta11(@cassarta11gmail-com)
4 years ago

another one helpful

Alex
Alex(@alexcontinilive-co-uk)
3 years ago

Hey Devin, making very good progress with these strumming patterns, but in the process I fell in love with the sound of your mahogany D15. So much so, that I’ve just picked an old one up on ebay UK. It’s a 1998 D15 in good condition, but very much played in, and with a shiny lustre all over, it seems – it’s been played so much that the rosette decal has partially worn off, but there isn’t much fret wear or any other issues apparently. I’ll collect it on the 28th, as I’m in Milan for christmas now. We’ll see… Read more »

Birgit
Birgit(@b-scholbebluewin-ch)
3 years ago

A great lesson, Devin. That’s what I always wanted to learn. You are an excellent teacher. You can break things down into smaller pieces in such a way, that I can follow you easily and learn the pic and strum pattern step by step. Thank you.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
2 years ago

Hi Devin! This progression is in C major, am I wrong? This progression starts with the fifth degree follow by the fourth and finally the first one which is C….? So my question is: if I want to put some fills in it I would use for example the C major pentatonic which are: the C-D-E-G anA notes. Am I wrong? Thanks Devin for the explanations!

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
2 years ago
Reply to  Devin

I thought it was in C major because you play the F chord in this progression, anyway have a nice day and I’m doing well for sure…take care!

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
2 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Thanks Devin for these specifications it really helps!

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
2 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Hi Devin I tried to send you a song example with a F chord in a G progression but the (png) extension doesn’t work. The song is Keep the light on in the window by Ed Marsh song, transcribe by Joe Carr….I did a print screen on IPad.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
2 years ago
Reply to  Jocelyn

Oups I did a print screen but the extension is a (png) and it seems that it isn’t working.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
2 years ago

Like this lesson!

jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
2 years ago

I have a paid Spotify account. I was paying $10 a month and 3 of my kids were paying $10 a month. I switched the whole coin and changed to a family account where I have 6 household members on one account for $14.99 a month. I never have any problems finding the song or artist I’m looking for. I also use the Bandcamp app/streaming service. Otis Gibb recommended it on his blog. Nice thing about Bandcamp is they pay the artist better and more consistently than Spotify. The big artists are all on Spotify. I like that Bandcamp sacrifices… Read more »

Jonathon Pennewell
1 year ago

Been enjoying the trial so far! Honestly, can’t even remember how I stumbled on this site, maybe Google searched country strumming or something, but glad I did. Really enjoying the lessons so far, was getting stagnate with my strumming, so this has really spiced things up and giving me ideas. So thank you for your time and hard work to share your talent with us.

George Lange
George Lange(@georgeanddoris66hotmail-com)
1 year ago

I did not know that type of picking was happening

George Lange
George Lange(@georgeanddoris66hotmail-com)
1 year ago

Excellent lesson Devin

John Budd
John Budd(@recondoc69)
9 months ago

Terrific lesson today–every day! Your website is the first guitar instruction website that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and couldn’t wait to log in again to and start playing my next lesson. Bravo! (I keep thanking my neighbor for telling me about your website.)