Tech Tip:Strumming Rhythms- Achieving a Natural Flow
Eric Crust; The Netherlands
Q: I'm having a lot of trouble playing rhythm guitar. Every time I try to play rhythm it comes out sounding stiff and unnatural. Do you have any tips to help me get a good flow to my rhythm playing?
A: The most common problem guitarists have with rhythm is not relaxing to let the rhythm feel natural.
Make sure you're strumming arm is loose; don't tense up your shoulders. Now this is important--be sure to pivot from your elbow and try to keep a consistent flow with your arm.
One big problem many people have is concentrating too hard and holding your breath. If you hold your breath, you will never have a loose natural feel.
Just try to have fun and let your whole body get into the rhythm.
Hope this helps!
Yours in Music