killer strum pattern applied to minor blues

Hey, guys. Claude Johnson here from
and today I just want to show you this strumming
pattern. I’ve shown this a couple of times in the past
in Chord Mastery and also the Ultimate Beginner Guitar Course.
If you’re familiar with my teachings, then you’ve probably
seen this before. But I just want to show you again
because it’s super useful and here’s a new place that
I don’t think I’ve ever shown you that you can use it,
which is the minor blues progression.

The strum pattern goes like this: one, two,
three-and, four-and; and, two-and, and, four-and.
It sounds complicated, but it’s actually
very useful, just great to get that.

I like to count things out sometimes.
So, again, if you’re counting this out — if
you’re not used to counting these out, start
on the one, two, three, four; one, two, three,
four. Okay? Just count it out and if you’re a
beginner just get used to strumming what I call
four-count strumming: one, two, three, four;
one, two, three, four. You can use down strokes.
And then you go to one-and, two-and, three-and,
four-and. Okay? And you can use down, up;
down, up. Again, I’ve covered this in a lot
of my stuff, a lot of my earlier lessons.
If you don’t have my beginner guitar course
and you’re interested in that, just go to

Anyway, you have this one-and, two-and,
three-and, four-and. Now, with this
particular pattern what we’re doing is
we’re taking the and of the last beat,
so the four-and, and you’re stretching that out.
You stretch that out and you actually don’t say
the one of the next bar, because it kind of runs
into that. So it’s three-and, four-and, and,
two-and. And it happens again there, stretching
to the 3rd beat of the second bar.

Now the chord progression is basically a minor
blues in the key of G. So we have G minor 7;
barre chord. Again, I also cover barre
chords in my beginner course. Then you go
to the IV, which is the C minor 7, back
to the I. Now the turnaround for this, what
I was just playing — I actually was playing D7
to C minor 7 and then back to the G minor 7.
So that’s an interesting variation on the
minor blues turnaround, is you play a
dominant chord on the V. I actually got
that move from Otis Rush.

Just a basic blues structure. I cover
all kinds of blues structures and stuff
in my blues course. If you like the blues,
check out I actually
go over 245 examples, different structures
and stuff, including the minor blues. This
was basically just like combining that strum
pattern with the blues structure.

Just real quick, other things I was
doing was you get that percussive sound.
Sometimes you can mute with your palm,
but in this case I wasn’t doing that.
I was just lifting off a little bit with
my finger and just strumming it open.

Also, pay attention to the dynamics, how
hard or soft and then you can also watch
strumming the lower part of the chord to
get those bass strings or the higher strings
to get that treble-y kind of sound. So play
around with the dynamics. I hope you
enjoyed it. Take care.

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Wavatar Ron

Never a dissapointment, great. Thanks Ron

Wavatar Ron Shane

How about me sending YOU! one of MY! lesson plans? I have worked with Fat’s Domino, Rick Nelson, The Allmans, Little Richard, Paul Butterfield, The Band, Sam Butera, Waylon, The Platter’s and soooo— many other’s just to name a few.

SURE SEND IT OVER to [email protected] … ALL THE BEST , CLAUDE

Wavatar doug smith

Great nice pattern as easy to understand and very helpful. Thanx.

Wavatar Amanda

I started with your beginner course and many have tried to lure me to their more advanced technical courses, but I have stuck with your video tutorials and still find it easier to learn and play and play fairly well now. No master shredder, but I get my songs across. Thanks CJ HYN!

Wavatar russ jacquay

sounds nice, thanks

Wavatar Mike Hartzman

Hi first time on. Was very informative. Thanks

Wavatar ben

Hmm, maybe more reverb needed?

Wavatar John

Nice! I have developed a very similar “style” over the years! I think it’s a bit jazzy and that’s why I like it. Being “home alone” most of everyday it’s real nice to have you come into my home and provide the company & motivation I need to pick up one of my guitars and practice/play! Thank You! I don’t always have my metronome out…. so I often wonder if a drummer would appreciate my rhythm. Thank You Sir!

Wavatar john lee

I have been playing guitar since i was 15 i am now 58 and i know that i will never be a rock star but i still love my guitar and playing with my friends. I hate it when couch potatoes make comments. just enjoy what you can accomplish but of course always strive to be better. thanks claude.

Wavatar John

John Lee: “I wish that for just for one moment,
You could stand inside my shoes, so you could see what a drag it is to be you”……

Wavatar justin

Feeling a little nasty today, are you john. Why dont you keep your stupid little comments to your self…

Wavatar Glenn

Hey Claude first of all I love how you have structured this program, visual aides are great for me. My question is do you have any stuff on Acoustic guitar. I kinda entered in on the first question page you had that I was a beginner acoustic player, will I be able to apply the stuff you are showing to my acoustic playing? or is there some other material that you have dedicated to acoustic guitar.


Wavatar Jack Daniel

Great stuff! thanks for always giving GREAT tips and keeping them simple enough for a guy like me! Please ignore the rudeness of others. We appreciate you man!

Wavatar Merv

Thanks again Claude. A very interesting video as always. Have a number of your courses and am always happy with what you explain.

Wavatar GeneC

Nice patterns, but why is it cvalled a “turn around”? What turns around?


Wavatar Rick Wiseman

thanks for the help; I enjoyed that and I think I can do it.

Wavatar John Morelock

I can use that strum. John Morelock

Wavatar John Kerner

As a fellow instructor I recognize and appreciate your LCD approach…keep up the good work.

Wavatar Gil Jones

I appreciate your lessons…Semper Fi

Wavatar Terry brown

Great job Claude I do appreciate all the instructions you give.
Thank You

Wavatar Scott Bender

I`ve been tring to get a good start playing . Ya , im a rookie but I injoy easy learning notes . I tried it and sounded get . Thank you so much on them easy notes .

Wavatar marian

I love the sound of the chords being used. What is the most appropriate scale to solo with.


Wavatar Tommy Lovelace


Also try a B flat major scale. G minor is the relative minor to B flat. Combine that with the G minor pentatonic and you get some really nice riffs.

Wavatar Michael DiRaimo

I’ve been getting these from you for months now.. This is the first time I’ve played you.. I’mn impressed Claude! I will watch everyone now.. Thank you Mike D

Wavatar jim calocci

most are complimentary
lots of folks benefiting
from your efforts ,really

Ron says
never disappointed
Amanda says

18 seperate comments
more or less very glad
many people enjoying
you mentoring ’em,dad

mike says
very informative
russ says
sounds nice,thanks

not a bad response
from 18 seperate people
hey,they’d be sleeping
if they were in a building with a steeple

Wavatar Paul Johansen.

Yeah, all good stuff Claude. I’m not being critical but to me it would make more sense if you turned off the echoe / reverb effect on your amp because it makes it difficult to hear exactly what you are playing and personally I’d rather just hear you!

Wavatar Lawry Browne

Thanks man, I finally got a clue for nailing strumming – Yeap, I,m another newbie. at 53 yo I probably left it a bit late to pick up my first guitar, but look out Clapton, just give me a couple of more weeks! lol. Gotta say that you spooked me a bit with that bar chord. But, ya gotta start somewhere, right.

Wavatar Les

Right On! Really like the sound! I’ll have to learn it. I just get overwhelmed with all the guitar stuff to learn, I don’t know where to start. I like the way you teach, it’s easy to follow!

Wavatar Joaquin

Nice! Thanks man

Wavatar Donald

Awesome as always Claude….;)

Wavatar Jai

Love it, your lessons are grate

Wavatar jim weasel kingery

I want to thank you for showing that pattern that I completely forgot about – a very useful lesson indeed

Wavatar thomas clark

Thanks for all the learning,I wish I had the time to keep up with you. ONE DAY !

Wavatar Nancy Ryan

I noticed a remark about not being able to keep up with you….I just wish I had the TIME to practice each and every one of your guitar tips…Fantastic.. everyday.. all usable stuff right away. Just great!!

Wavatar billy

have not show where to put your finger for a begin

Wavatar Gary Prreston

I used all types of strums when i played lead guitar . I played the Beatles , Glen Campbell , Ventures ,etc music . This strum works for all kinds of music . Thanks for the share and reminder . I can’t wait to see Ron Shanes playing styles . This will be interesting to say the least . He noted that he played with Waylon , my buddie hung with Waylon and the band . He plays Steel Guitar and he and Mooney were great friends . His name is Leland Darst . Best regards , Gary .

Wavatar strat Monson

Great lesson, I’m not a newbie but it gives me some new ideas, thanks!

Wavatar Mick McMonster

hey Claude, do you have tips for how to squeeze tone the way you do?


Wavatar sandy

that was awsome i will try that thanks

Wavatar Andy

Good idea strum pattern thanks, any chance of putting how the blues lick in A yesterday should sound, maybe a soundfile or something, cheers

Wavatar Michael

Always informative and thought provoking….keep up the good work!

Wavatar GuitChek

Claude….I love your site. The emails are great and I sit here when I can and play with each tip your giving. Thanks, I love it.

Wavatar mikey dee

Once again Claude a lovely arangment blues but funky many thanks. Mikey Dee,

Wavatar larry solomon

wow that works for me i’ll try it at church on sunday, please send me some more….thanks

Wavatar Everest

i agree with the reverb. but thats a personal taste i think. i for my behalf will try it more overdriven, rockier.

Wavatar astyages

Nice strumming pattern, Claude… love the ‘chuka-chuka’ in the middle; very classy!


Wavatar Dr Paul Guy

hi Claude, always love the stuff you send me, really developing with time and practice !!

Wavatar jeremy

A reply to your post seeking suggestions for lessons. I need to find a good approach to master sight reading, as well as such things as lead sheets, the Nashville number system, and whatever other means of notation used in studios and with professional bands. But the minimum is reading music, not tab.

When I feel good about my sight reading/playing, then I’m going for that jazz course on chord melody playing by the dude you advertise. Would like chord melody for r and b guitar, ultimately.

Wavatar JamMan58

Hi Claude

I think the majority of your (students) or (readers and followers) are beginners and benefiting from your web site. I’m more advanced and would like charts (circle of fifths)(scale charts) some theory explaining etc… for people looking for a more challenging lesson. Put a section on guitar control that is open for visual study with iilustrations . I believe this would lure students interest, into the tecnical theory of guitar and expand their mind on the GUITAR. It’s Just an Idea Claude.You’re a good teacher and you have guitarist crying for more information to ponder! =JamMan58=

Wavatar christof

Can someone write the pattern for me? i can’t understand it

Wavatar ron towle

sounds nice but I need to see a chord diagram as well

Wavatar Legs Diamond

Claude you are the best !