Classic Rhythm Guitar: The Boom-Chicka Strum Pattern for Rock, Country, Folk, Bluegrass & more!

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  1. Karen Barrett

    Jonathon u are such an amazing guitar teacher I’ve listened to so many others and they are really vy good no disrespect to any of them there amazing giving their time to teach us novices but u are so easy to understand ..u work for me …I picked up the guitar five weeks ago i have the basic chords down I’m really terrible but u give me so much optimism the way u teach I love yr patience feels like we’re one on one just chillin in the jam factory thank u so much …

  2. tony curtis

    What a beautiful presentation thanks Jonathan…. as always, just the very best! Mate, do you rock for ALL guitarists!  You can teach all guitar teachers how to teach properly!  Thank You JK, What a Great guy!  TC Oz.

  3. Kurt Turner

    Great job as usual. We all appreciate your teaching style and patients. Have a good one!

  4. Jim Church

    could you please let me know of a nice medium or slow speed song to sing with this method, western or blues, jim

  5. Richard Prutz

    Thank you – Many people do not Play Country Music,… As a Beginner I always try to different styles within Country. Thanks once again.

  6. severnman1

    I think that your calm method has shown me how to now to be able to play alternative bass strumming
    .I am 73 years age and learning to play the guitar for the first time.
    Thank you

  7. Denis Poulin

    Hi, is it possible to do " whole lot a shaking going on" from Jerry Lee Lewis and I like very much your instructions and my name is Denis.

  8. VehiCROS

    Seems to me that is NOT a classical guitar at all, its a steel string acoustic

  9. Eric Newton

    haven't had internent in years..came across your lessons and im back on my guitar..ty.for the inspiration.

  10. Mario Caspari

    I'am german and my english is bad and i don't understand a lot of what you say. But i can see what you are doing with your hands 🙂
    Thank you for the good lession!
    Now i will learn songs from Johnny Cash 🙂

  11. andre maharaj

    i enjoyed your lesson on the Boom -Chicka strum . Your teaching was very good
    Regards
    Andre

  12. P Marín

    Can't give you enough thanks my friend, only taking your time to make other people learn this, says a lot of you.
    Best wishes!!!!!

  13. 48fleetline

    At last! This question has been killing me lately! I've been practicing old country songs, specifically playing them with the boom chica/alternating bass style. Most videos I've came across people show the same bass notes being alternated in the same order whether it'd be the 6th to the 5th string on an E major chord, 5th to 6th on an A major, etc. For so long I've been searching to find someone alternate the bass notes in C major between C(5th string) and E(4th string) instead of moving a finger from C(5th string) to the G(6th string) like in the majority of tutorials I've seen. I was wondering if there's anything that's determines when/which is appropriate or whether you can play any bass note to spice things up however way you please? I thought there was some sort of "perfect 5th" rule you had to abide by? Also, (this might tie in with the first question but I'll use this instance for now), would it be okay if I was playing a song with a similar chord progression and alternated the same bass notes as you did in the video for Gmaj and Cmaj but when playing the Dmaj alternated from the 4th to the 5th string instead, or would it mess up the whole vibe? I'd consider myself an above average beginner so I'm not too familiar with the rules of music (if any in this situation) or distinguishing what's wrong from right, but when something sounds better to my ears I enjoy playing it that way. I play from the soul haha! Sorry for the long comment. Outstanding lesson btw, I'll be sure to check out more of your videos. Much obliged 😉

  14. Jacob Adcock

    I am sure most of your followers are much younger but let me tell you that your lessons are great, especially for a 60+ y.o. beginner! thanks

  15. Betty-Ann Suwala

    awesome, that was amazing… thank you… I'm a beginner and you dealt with alot of my struggles… I understand this pattern so much more, but what was that you did with you right hand at 18:11 unconscious strum… it sounded really cool

  16. Tom Mulford

    Great lesson, and thank YOU for it! I watched your blues shuffle lesson and this one and have learned a lot! Wil be checking out more of your videos. Thanks again! subbed!

  17. Kristi Strait

    Thanks for the thoughtfull lesson and the many useful insights. I am growing as a player because of this lesson. Cheers.

  18. peterpanpixyland

    I've used something like that "Boom Chicka" strum a long time, but also trying to maintain the bass and alternate string variations. But I began to struggle with that up stroke beyond a certain tempo, so I've been trying to come up with alternatives. I've been playing long enough that i don't expect my chops to take any more quantum leaps, so when its fast I'll often leave the up stroke off. Maybe for a quick version of "Glendale Train", or even a Beatles song like "Fallin'. Anything at 120 or higher. But then that starts to sound too boring, so I try to break it up with "occasional" 1/16 note groups (down then up) on the high strings, because its hard for me to to get them right continually. That seems to help. I guess my hand doesn't mind the quick stum if its just once in a while. But I think a strum has to have rhythmic consistency, so my willy nilly and unpredictable up strokes maybe aren't the best choice. Anyway, any general tips on applying this pattern differently at higher tempos, when you're called up on to play at tempos a little beyond your comfort zone?

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