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Strumming Advice

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by stratomatt, Feb 19, 2020.

  1. stratomatt

    stratomatt Strat-O-Master

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    Trying to play "pulled up" by the Taking Heads. The fill part with the fast strumming has 3 parts with 4 fast strums each followed by 2 more quick strums. I can play it slow, but can't pull it off at full speed.

    So, any advice to play faster? Loose wrist? Hold wrist stiff and move the elbow? I've never been a super fast Strummer, but I love that riff.
     
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    Seamus OReally Buried alive in the blues Gold Supporting Member

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    I never thought about it before, but I just tried it, and it seems that when I play a speedy part, like John‘s part in “All My Loving,” I’m using both my wrist and my elbow. Which I can’t do if I start thinking about it.
     
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    ThebiggestJerk Strat-O-Master

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    Every riff I’ve ever learned I usually couldn’t play at full speed until I played the **** out of it.
     
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    =KARMA= Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Practice, practice, practice...
     
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  5. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Most Honored Senior Member

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    Metronome. Then gradually increase the speed.
     
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  6. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    I rotate my forearm like opening a door knob with a loose wrist.

    I cant strum from just the wrist or from the elbow.
     
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  7. stratomatt

    stratomatt Strat-O-Master

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    Thanks. Been practicing a bit more tonight. I think what's tough for me is this riff is on just 3 strings. If I play all 6, like a barre chord or open chord I can go faster because it's less precise. Trying different pick angles, etc.
     
  8. Jason D

    Jason D Senior Stratmaster

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    The way I play is part wrist and part elbow. It really depends on what I’m playing though. The number of correct answers to this is equal to the number of guitar player on the planet. As others have said, practice practice practice. Practice some more. It will kind of all just fall into place as far as what’s comfortable for you.
     
  9. =KARMA=

    =KARMA= Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Seriously though, there's no substitute for it.

    When I was in my 'intensive learning period' back in early '90s, I used to play the guitar every day for as long as I possibly could so much so that it became almost like an addiction.

    It helped that I could already sing because I had a goal, and that was to be able to accompany myself on the guitar. The next goal was to join a band so that I could get out and gig.

    Having goals, big or little, help as they provide the motivation to better yourself.