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1 All Down Beats - Single Strum

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

D D D D D D D D

2 Downbeats and Upbeats - Double Strum

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U

3 One Measure Downbeats, One Measure Up & Down

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

D D D D D U D U D U D U

4 Spilt the Measure

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

D D D U D U D D D U D U

5 Spilt the Measure variation

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

D D D U D D D D U D

6 Emphasize the 1 Downbeat

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

D d u d u d u D d u d u d u
7 Emphasize the 2 Downbeat

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

d u D d u d u d u D d u d u

8 Latin Strum

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

D D u u d u D D u u d u

9 Variation of Latin Strum - Syncopated Strum

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

D D u u d D D u u d

10 Another Variation of Latin Strum

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

D u d u u d u D u d u u d u

11 Country Strum

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

D D U D D U D D U D D U

12 Offbeat Single Strum (Reggae)

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

U U U U U U U U
13 Offbeat Single Strum (Reggae) Variation

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

x U x U x U x U x U x U x U x U

14 Offbeat Single Strum - Variation

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

D U U U U D U U U U

15 Bo Diddley Strum 2 Measures

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

D U D D D D

16 Brazilian strum

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

D D D U U U U D D

17 Boom Chuck Strum

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

T D T D T D T D

18 Thumb Strum

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

T u d u T u d u T u d u T u d u
19 Waltz Strum

1 & 2 & 3 & 1 & 2 & 3 &

T D D T D D

20 Waltz Strum - Variation

1 & 2 & 3 & 1 & 2 & 3 &

T U U T U U

Build your own strum ...

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

Symbol Strum Meaning

D Accented down stroke

d down stroke

U Accented up stroke

u up stroke

T Accented Thumb strokes upper string

t Light Thumb strokes upper string

X Accented chunk (stroke with strings muted)

x chunk (stroke with strings muted)

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