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Watch the Upstrokes online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 60 Electric Guitar Techniques You MUST Know

There's an old adage that says, "what goes up must come down." In the case of an upstroke, it's similar in principle, just opposite. Whether you make contact with the strings or not, for every downstroke there's an upstroke. More often than not, when actual contact is made with the strings, we call it out as an official upstroke. Just like downstrokes, it's important to align your development with playing in time to a beat.