You've probably heard over and over again that you MUST count while strumming chords.

But the reality is, counting stops you from playing patterns faster. Plus it makes guitar harder to play.

Give me 3 minutes and I’ll explain why…

You see, counting is great if you’re really stuck with a pattern in a song. It happens to all of us, so there’s no shame in it.

But counting is only ONE tool to solve the problem.

Before I explain the better way… I should give counting some credit to counting.

Counting helps initially to understand where you should and shouldn’t play. It gets your brain up and running with understanding how to play the strumming pattern...

But when you combine it with this other piece I’m going to tell you in a moment…

Learning ANY strumming pattern becomes a walk in the park. (It’s how I get any student, beginner or advanced, to learn any rhythm 10x faster.)

And that’s being able to sing the rhythm.

Do You Believe In This Common Strumming Myth? I Did… Here’s Why I Changed

That’s right, I make guitar players sing. This is usually pretty shocking to most of my students.

And when I say sing, I don’t mean it in the traditional sense of singing a tune…

I mean being able to use your voice to create a sound. (It could be something like “duh.”)

This works because it cuts through the complexity of counting, and goes right to the heart of what music is…

Sound.

Do You Believe In This Common Strumming Myth? I Did… Here’s Why I Changed

When you can learn the sound of things, it helps your brain to learn anything faster…

And play it faster too.

Singing the sound of what you have to play before you play it is one way to do that.

I hope this little tip was helpful today. Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below.

And if you have anything you’d like me to write about, reach out and let me know 🙂

P.S. Not everyone wants to play guitar in front of other people…

But for those who do, it can be a nerve racking experience.

Every three months I host an open mic event at my school for my students…

And there were some really cool performances. Some highlights are:

  • A 6 year old singing and playing the Queen classic "Crazy Little Thing Called Love..."
  • Our very own Jazz trio performing “All Of Me.” (With a cool vocal solo…)
  • A blues solo jam with a student who’s been here for 1 month…

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