Strumming is to scratch or brush the strings as blocks. We could call it a ‘whap’. When strumming, we don’t drag the pick or finger through the strings, rather, we give them a good whap [hit them as a ‘block’]. We can drag through the strings, & this is called a rake or a drag. The primary motion for this is ‘key-turning’, with the elbow giving it weight, with a ‘chop’.
Our stated rule for strumming is that at the beginning, while training, the strumming hand never stops moving down-up – whether you are hitting or missing. At the start, log a lot of time strumming down-up while hitting on both the down & the up. This will lead to strumming and changing chords being relatively simple.
We will be using a consistent down-up pattern [hitting all the time], until it is automatic.
This may seem a bit monotonous [many songs don’t do this], yet it trains the motor hand and arm muscles in ways we need later [rhythmic reliability].
Pre-Chord Sounds: Open Chord & Mute
When numbers (or x’s) are stacked on top of each other in TAB, they are played at the same time (strummed). Practice these a few times. We will be using them in some exercises.