Watch the Strumming online guitar lesson by Rich Maloof from Acoustic Guitar For Beginners
We're back to the right hand now, and considering how to change the rhythmic feel by modifying a strum.
By keeping your right arm swinging in steady time, you can come up with a great variety of rhythms that combine quarter-note and 8th-note strums. Every downwards stroke lands on a "downbeat" (1 2 3 4) and every 8th note is an "upbeat" (the AND in 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and).
Accents - strums that are hit a little harder than others - make a big difference in the feel of the rhythms you play. Start to work accents into your strumming by emphasizing that first downbeat (the "1" in 1 2 3 4). Then accent the 1 and 2. Then the 1 and 3.
Hear how it changes the feel?