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    Registered User Jay Bird's Avatar
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    Default Strum Patterns?

    Any tips or tricks to strum patterns? I play clawhammer banjo and struggle to strum out tunes on a mando, its frustrating.
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    Default Re: Strum Patterns?

    Keep your wrist flexible. The motion I recommend is like shaking water from your hand or shaking out a match. This is a motion that is completely different from frailing a banjo.

    A couple of simple rhythms would be:

    4/4 or 2/4 down - up - DOWN - up

    3/4 pick the 4th string followed by 2 down strums
    Pick - down - down or Pick -down/up - down/up

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    Default Re: Strum Patterns?

    That's the kind of advice I need, thank you.
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