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Country Strumming over Hank Sr. Style Progressions

Lesson 7 – Country & Bluegrass Rhythm Course
Lesson ID: A0126

In this guitar lesson, I’ll show you three of my favorite country strumming patterns that’ll improve your pick accuracy and make your guitar sound fuller. I’ll break down each of the strumming patterns in detail and then show you how to apply the strumming patterns to some country chord progressions. After you watch the lesson videos, practice your country strumming over the song “Hey Good Lookin’” by Hank Williams.

Overview

Strumming Breakdown

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Strumming Pattern 1 Breakdown
02:59 min Strumming Pattern 2 Breakdown
05:15 min Strumming Pattern 3 Breakdown
08:50 min Straight vs. Syncopated Rhythm

Pattern 1

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Pattern 2

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Pattern 3

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Progressions

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Jocelyn Beauregard
Jocelyn Beauregard(@jocelyn)
4 years ago

So beautiful…thanks Devin!

Vince
Vince (@guest_904)
4 years ago

Really great lesson Devin. I’ve learned a great deal from your strumming course so far and your teaching style makes it all very easy to understand. Great work and thank you!

keithfinch316
keithfinch316(@keithfinch316btinternet-com)
4 years ago

Thanks Devon. What a great lesson and taught so well.

Terry
Terry(@terry)
4 years ago

You are right up there with the best teachers I have come across online. Fantastic lessons. I’m learning a lot and now I’m hooked on the country and bluegrass. Thanks!

larrydnewman
larrydnewman(@larrydnewmanyahoo-com)
4 years ago

Devin, I like this lesson series style after Hank Sr. I will be hung up on this for a while practicing these strumming patterns. If I give you the names old country songs i want to learn would you tell me the best strumming patterns to use for them?

larrydnewman
larrydnewman(@larrydnewmanyahoo-com)
4 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Ok, I got Hey Good Lookin’ from the lesson. The songs from Hank Sr are: Your Cheatin Heart, Cold Cold Heart, Jambalaya & Move It On Over. A couple from Merle Haggard, If you don’t mind, are:
Big City, Today I Started Loving You Again and Mama Tried. Thanks Devin.

larrydnewman
larrydnewman(@larrydnewmanyahoo-com)
4 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Devin, can these 3 strumming patterns be used in most of Hank’s classic songs. A lot of the songs he wrote were very similar in rhythm. I am enjoying learning the patterns. Suggestions on the strumming patterns for songs I asked about?

Phil
Phil(@psmithphilyahoo-com)
4 years ago
Reply to  Devin

I assume you’re going to make this list available to all of us, Devin. It sounds like it will be very helpful. I wasn’t a fan of Hank Williams Sr. until I started this lesson. Since I started, I listened to many of his other songs and now I’m a big fan and I’m putting a lot of his songs to memory.

Phil
Phil(@psmithphilyahoo-com)
4 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Awesome, Devin! I look forward to it all. And yes, guitar practicing is going well, thanks to you. I’m also working on committing many Hank Williams Sr songs to memory with all the chords and stuff too. I’m finding that if I go thru the first section of a song (like 4 lines or so) over and over and then go to the next section, etc, etc, that I learn the song faster than just playing the whole song over and over.

larrydnewman
larrydnewman (@guest_956)
4 years ago
Reply to  Phil

Interesting way to learn the songs, Phil. I’m going to give that a shot. Glad you guys are getting into Hank Sr. He’s kinda like the “boom chick” strum to country music and was a prolific song writer.

larrydnewman
larrydnewman (@guest_957)
4 years ago
Reply to  larrydnewman

Devin, I am looking forward to the Merle Haggard song. Great, thanks.
Larry

bobpellack77
bobpellack77(@bobpellack77gmail-com)
4 years ago

In “strumming the g pattern” you are playing the G pattern not the C pattern

Greg
Greg(@prospector16gmail-com)
4 years ago

Thanks Devon well done again!!

Scott
Scott(@scottlathanicloud-com)
4 years ago

Not sure how to remember everything but love them and keep em’ coming. Wife told me yesterday I was starting to really sound good and that’s just getting decent with easier patterns. I got long ways to go but have to tools now to practice. Thanks.

philarseneau
philarseneau(@philarseneaugmail-com)
4 years ago

Also work on ramblin man. Thanks a lot

Derek
Derek(@derekshirreffshotmail-com)
3 years ago

Hi Devin. Hi from Aberdeen in Scotland! These progressions work great over “Hey Good Looking”. Thanks a lot.

Derek
Derek(@derekshirreffshotmail-com)
3 years ago

For anybody interested these strumming patterns fit beautifully into Bobby Darin’s “Things”, and with a bit of tweaking they are very effective for “Your Cheating Heart” (both key of C). I am sure there are many many more.

rwright
rwright(@rwrightbrtc-net)
2 years ago

You can’t get this type of instruction on country and bluegrass music anywhere. Not on JamPlay, Guitar Tricks, Justin Guitar, or anywhere else I have tried. In most of the online world good old country no longer exists. Great job Devin, The ‘Ol Possum would be proud. Please, keep it up!