Advanced Country Strumming Patterns 2

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Welcome back, music lovers! In this second instalment of our Country Strumming Patterns series, we’ll be exploring even more techniques to help you master the country sound. So grab your guitar, and let’s dive in!

The Basics: Down, Down-Up, Up-Down-Up

Before we move on to more complex patterns, let’s quickly recap the basic country strumming patterns. The most fundamental pattern consists of alternating down and down-up strokes, also known as “boom-chick.” This pattern can be notated as D DU.

Once you’re comfortable with this pattern, try incorporating an up-down-up (UDU) pattern to create a more syncopated rhythm. This pattern can be notated as D UDU.

Adding Accents

Accents are a great way to add interest and variety to your strumming. To add an accent, simply strum harder on a particular down or upstroke. In country music, accents are often used to emphasize the backbeat, which falls on the second and fourth beats of a measure.

Incorporating Chucks

A “chuck” is a percussive technique that involves muting the strings with your picking hand, creating a short, sharp sound. Chucks can be used to create a more driving, rhythmic feel in your strumming.

To incorporate chucks into your strumming, simply mute the strings with your picking hand on the downstroke, then release the pressure to allow the strings to ring out on the upstroke. This can be notated as D (chuck) U.

Using a Triplet Feel

Triplets are a common feature of country music, and incorporating them into your strumming can help you achieve a more authentic sound. To use a triplet feel, simply divide each beat into three equal parts, and strum three times within each beat.

For example, a basic triplet strumming pattern might look like this: D DUDUDU.

Adding Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs

Hammer-ons and pull-offs are techniques that involve playing a note without picking it, instead using your fretting hand to either hammer down on the string or pull off from a previously fretted note. These techniques can be used to add melodic interest to your strumming.

To incorporate hammer-ons and pull-offs into your strumming, try alternating between picked and unpicked notes. For example, you might play a downstroke on the low E string, then hammer on to the second fret with your middle finger, then pick the third fret with your ring finger, then pull off to the second fret, and finally pick the open E string again.

Experimenting with Different Rhythms

Once you’ve mastered the basic country strumming patterns, it’s time to start experimenting with different rhythms. Try playing around with different combinations of downstrokes and upstrokes, incorporating chucks and triplets, and using hammer-ons and pull-offs to create a more dynamic sound.

Putting it All Together

Now that you’ve learned some new country strumming techniques, it’s time to put them into practice. Try incorporating these techniques into your next practice session, and see how they can help you create a more authentic country sound.

Looking to enhance your country guitar skills? Check out our articles on country strumming patterns, country strumming tips, country chord progressions, classic country fingerpicking patterns, and country chords fingerpicking for valuable insights and techniques to level up your playing!


In this article, we’ve explored a range of country strumming patterns and techniques, from basic down-up strokes to more complex rhythms and melodic embellishments. By incorporating these techniques into your playing, you can add interest and variety to your strumming, and create a more authentic country sound. So grab your guitar, and start practicing!

About the author

Hi there! I’m Jack Little – an avid country music fan with tons of live country performances in the past. I used to play banjo in a country band with my best friend John Peters, who’s a true country harmonica master. Those were great years and I’m still mastering new banjo playing techniques, writing my own country songs and lyrics, and collecting banjos!

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