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Kentucky Waltz Country & Bluegrass Strumming

Lesson 10 – Country & Bluegrass Rhythm Course
Lesson ID: A0136

In this guitar lesson, we’ll take a look at another strumming pattern used all the time in classic country and bluegrass music. This strumming pattern is in 3/4 time (waltz time) and we’ll count it out by saying “one-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three”. Beat one will be the down beat and that’s where we’ll pick the bass note string. Then, we’ll down strum on beats two and three. After you learn the strumming pattern, we’ll practice over a couple of chord progressions borrowed from the old classic “Kentucky Waltz” by Bill Monroe. I’ll also show you a few fills you can use to transition between chords.


Strumming Pattern


Chord Fills

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Practice picking your country strumming over the song “Kentucky Waltz” by Bill Monroe. Play “Kentucky Waltz” below using the embedded player from Spotify. We’d highly recommend using Spotify for online radio. If you don’t have a Spotify account, click here to sign up free with your Facebook or e-mail.

Backing Track

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6 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Another nice progression. I like this a lot. Thanks Devin!

6 years ago

thanx Mr.Devin , its a nice lesson , i ve alwayz loved waltz rhythms , but i should memorize the progression i think 🙂 have a good weekend to yu

5 years ago

second measure tab should read open 5 ?

4 years ago

Hi Devin! Do you have the tab sheet of the banjo line played in the jam track? Thanx!

4 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Thanx a lot! I’ll try to sort it out by myself, but I’m a lousy banjo player!

3 years ago

The backing track is awesome! Thanks Devin, have a nice weekend!