Hey, guys. Claude Johnson here from guitarcontrol.com
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 howtoplayblues.com. 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.