When you are strumming, you are part of the rythm section so play in time. Try to lock in with the drummer and the bass player, and don't overplay! I am aware I am overplaying on most of the recordings in this section because there are no other instruments to back up the strumming. When you are playing with a band, relax a little and go for quality over quantity. Consider using a thin pick, even if you normally use a heavy pick. It produces a soft, pleasant sound, even when the sweeping motion is not entirely clean.
Below is a list of some performance requirements for strumming.
The examples in this section are extracts from pop songs that most people should be familiar with. They are available in musical notation including tablature (png, pdf, gp5, and Music XML), audio (mp3), and video (streaming and mp4). The audio recordings are very basic, with the melody added to the strumming (except for Hey Joe and Sultans of Swing which contain rythm guitar only). The video recordings are even more basic since they include the rythm part only.
|Song Title||Recorded by||Audio||Video download||Video streaming||Tablature|
|1.||Band On The Run||Wings||mp3||mp4 (14.4 MB)||png pdf gp5 xml|
|2.||Can't Buy Me Love||Beatles||mp3||mp4 (9.9 MB)||png pdf gp5 xml|
|3.||Groovy Kind Of Love||Phil Collins||mp3||mp4 (11.8 MB)||png pdf gp5 xml|
|4.||Hey Joe||Jimi Hendrix||mp3||mp4 (18.1 MB)||png pdf gp5 xml|
|5.||Josephine||Chris Rea||mp3||mp4 (21.1 MB)||png pdf gp5 xml|
|6.||Notorious||Duran Duran||mp3||mp4 (19.1 MB)||png pdf gp5 xml|
|7.||S.O.S.||Abba||mp3||mp4 (18.8 MB)||png pdf gp5 xml|
|8.||Sultans Of Swing||Dire Straits||mp3||mp4 (20.0 MB)||png pdf gp5 xml|
|9.||This Guy's In Love With You||Herb Alpert||mp3||mp4 (14.5 MB)||png pdf gp5 xml|
|10.||Violet||Seal||mp3||mp4 (18.5 MB)||png pdf gp5 xml|