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How to Strum A Guitar

Perhaps the most basic way of playing the guitar is by strumming. When you strum, you do a light, brushing sweep of your fingernail or pick over the strings of your guitar. It sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? But in actuality, most beginners don’t know how to strum their guitars properly.

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Most novice guitar players make the mistake in thinking that strumming is just a one-handed technique when it’s not.

How to Strum Left Hand

As you are strumming the strings of your guitar, it is your left hand that is moving up and down the frets of your instrument’s neck and producing the notes and chords that you are playing. If you are also singing along as you play, you need to work on strumming with rhythm.

How to Strum Right Hand

Then, there’s the action of strumming itself. If you’re a beginner, you will probably notice that the wrist of your strumming hand usually feels sore after a time of playing the guitar. This is because you don’t really use your wrist when you are strumming.

The CORRECT way to strum is by using your arm with your elbow as the fulcrum. Simply speaking, it should be your whole arm moving up and down. Using your wrist puts you at risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a very painful condition that will prevent you from playing your guitar.

Easy Guitar Songs for Strumming

Now that you know that strumming is not as easy as it looks, you will need to look for easy guitar songs for  strumming so that you will be able to master the correct technique. To do this, it is advisable to start with songs with a slower tempo, moving up to tunes with fast and/or syncopated rhythms.

When you are just starting out playing the guitar or if you want to correct your strumming technique, ideal songs to practice on would include “Blowin’ In The Wind” by Bob Dylan, “Maggie May” by Rod Stewart and “American Pie” by Don McLean (with the latter song also great for working on your rhythm because of its changing tempos).

If you prefer newer tunes, a nice slow song to start with is “Creep” by Stone Temple Pilots and the straightforward rhythm of “Every Morning” by Sugar Ray.

For working on your rhythm, great songs to exercise on would include “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be” by The Beatles. You can also try mid-tempo songs like “Tequila Sunrise” by The Eagles, “Horse With No Name” by America, and “Runaway Train” by Soul Asylum. “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King with its slight syncopation is a good song for practicing strumming while singing.

There are certain songs which will enable you to develop putting greater force into your strumming.

This is true for songs with rocking beats like “Twist and Shout” by the Beatles and “Louie Louie” by the Kingmen. If you want to work on songs with fast tempos, you can try “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Although “Proud Mary” is originally a mid-tempo tune as performed by Creedence, you can play it at a faster tempo using Tina Turner’s rip-roaring version as an example.

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Every beginning guitarist wants to learn to play easy, well-known songs on a guitar.

After learning a handful og guitar chords, the next step is to find eeasy songs to play so he can apply those chords.

Another way of learning to play guitar is to immediately select one or two familiar songs, the one you already know the rhythm and learn to finger thosr vhords.

Hopefully, the song chosen is an easy one with easy chords .

On this post we weill list down and enumerate a number of Easy Guitar Songs Both with easy chords and easy enough fir strumming.

Besides those songs already mentioned above, Here are some more easy guitar songs that is also easy to strum.

  1. Leaving on a Jetplane
  2. Let It Be
  3. Hurt
  4. Collide

While there are many easy songs for strumming other than the ones mentioned above, it is important that you find the exact tabs from the actual artists. There are many guitar sites that offer the wrong tabs for these tunes which make them more difficult to play than they should be.