The Most Popular Strumming Pattern In The World - Riff Ninja

The Most Popular Strumming Pattern In The World

Is this the most popular strumming pattern in the world? I’ll leave that up to you to decide, but it’s been used in many, many songs.

We’re in 4/4 time, and the strumming is based on 8th notes. Remember that the downstroke is a stronger strum, and upstrokes should use a little less force. This helps build some subtle variation and dynamics into your rhythm playing.

You can use this strumming pattern for fast songs or slow songs, and you can also change it up a little bit with the variations that we discuss in the video.

Here’s a short list of songs that you could use one or both of these strums on – keep in mind they’re all different tempos so you have to match up accordingly:

  • Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
  • Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan version)
  • Last Kiss (Pearl Jam version)
  • Let It Be (Beatles)
  • Me and Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin or Waylon Jennings versions)
  • Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • Love Me Do (Beatles)
  • 8 Days A Week (Beatles)
  • Yellow Submarine (Beatles)
  • With or Without You (U2)
  • Angel of Harlem (U2)

If you found this short lesson helpful, you might like to checkout my Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm course, because there's a lot more where this came from!

Let me know in the comments below if you recognize this strum pattern from other songs!

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