17 Strumming Patterns for Alternative/Indie Rock

17 Strumming Patterns for Alternative/Indie Rock

Here are 17 Strumming Patterns each with Rhythm notation.

The rhythms are aimed at beginner to intermediate players.

Before following this video you should know how to hold a pick, and have some basic strumming technique.

It’s worth noting that strum 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 have a “ghost down”. This is where you move past the strings without strumming. I wrote a rest symbol, so I could show the down movement above. No need to dampen the strings here. It can feel a little strange at first, but it’s important to keep the momentum going and don’t stop moving your arm during the ghost down.

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