Watch the Strum Pattern #1 Play-along online guitar lesson by Marcy Marxer from Swingin' Rhythm Handbook

The first strum we're going to play works well for old country ballads and western songs. Think cowboy on the prairie with this one.

Of course, you can play any kind of slow song with this strum, it's just fun to think of the wild west here. Songs like Blue Skies, Blue Shadows on the Trail, Tumblin' Tumbleweeds all work out great.