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Hi all; Big fan of Brian and this site, particularly the camaraderie and helpfullness of many of the participants.
I’ve got a question with which I hope y’all can help me.
I’m a newbie to Bluegrass and understand that the guitar is mainly a percussive instrument in a typical Bluegrass ensemble. However, I am struggling to hear (or know) which strum rhythms to use on faster tempo tunes. I’m clear on the traditional strum patterns (like the D D UU DU or others) and am competent using them at slower tempo. But when I listen to some of the greats that are sitting around jamming, I can’t quite make up what they are doing.
Some of the questions I have are; 1. on rhythm, do you use the same pattern with each chord in a progression? 2. At faster tempos does it just make sense to perform a “root-strum, root-strum” pattern throughout the song? As you can see, I’m looking for a bit of guidance…
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