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Strumming Opens and Mutes

Core Location: Chords

This session is also located in Techniques: Strumming

In this session, we are synchronizing our fretting hand [steering wheel] to the constant motor [engine] using opens and mutes. This is a base level synchronization: we are synchronization 'something' to the motor. This lets us know that we, or our student, is capable of changing the fretting hand's 'shape' or 'status' to the non-stop strumming motion.

We have two exercises: opens/mutes for 4 beats [next], then for 1 beat. Do each of these exercises as long as it takes to make the synchronization solid (make it easy to do...you can think about other things while you are doing it).

Exercise One

When indicating changes over time, we use symbols above a line of rhythm [or words, melody]. For the following exercises, we are using the Open Chord [O] and Mute [M], and writing those symbols [O and M] above the rhythm.

Synchronize the mute to the down strum on the change. Mute it at exactly the same time that you strum down. And, release to the open exactly on the down strum.

rhythms and exercise one, open for a measure, then mute for a measure

Exercise Two

Synchronize the mute to the down strum on the change. Mute it at exactly the same time that you strum down. And, release to the open exactly on the down strum.

Do this as long as it takes to dial it in completely. Then, experiment...create different rhythms from opening/muting whenever you hear/feel it.

rhythms and exercise two, open for a beat, then mute for a beat, alternating