Watch the Bass Chord Strumming online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Guitar Lab: Solid Strumming

This lesson will focus on bass-chord strumming. The most obvious application of this technique is in country and bluegrass music but it is also applicable to any style. The most important tone for a chord in terms of strength is the root. This lesson emphasizes the importance of picking hand precision in being able to strike the bass note i.e. the root, and then strum the chord. Once you can do this, then you can use an alternate bass note which would be the fifth of the chord. By playing the root on beat one, the fifth on beat three and then filling in beats two and four with either quarter notes or eighth notes, you will achieve this standard plectrum guitar rhythm.

Now you might say I'm not a bluegrass player nor do I want to be. But this technique is such an essential tool in a guitar player’s arsenal, that you would be foolish to overlook it. I guarantee this will increase your precision in your picking hand and like I said earlier you can apply this technique to any style of music.