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Rock Guitar Lessons: The Thwump

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One, two, three, four!
All right we've got two new chords and
we've got a new strumming pattern.
And I really think strumming patterns are
of course for strumming, but also for the
future of guitar.
A lot of the crazy, you know,
shreddy, fast things that we're going to
get to eventually in this course
are going to depend on the techniques that
we're learning right now.
The strumming.
So it's really important for everything,
so please check these out.
Our two new chords let's learn how to play
them the first one is a G major chord
looks like that and we've also got a D
major chord which looks like that.
Two very useful chords and the G major
the way I'm playing this one, I'm using a
bar with my third finger.
I'm playing two, two notes with one
Now if you just press straight down like
you would normally to play one note, your
finger's not big enough so that's why you
have to sort of flatten it out and have I
guess it's the multi-purpose finger again
where you're getting two notes with one.
So that's, that's a great technique.
And it may feel a little strange at first.
[SOUND] So, again, maybe mess around with
your hand position, or
bring your hand a little bit lower.
[SOUND] Or just sort of move your wrist
around and, and find a comfortable spot so
that bar works, and you get all [SOUND]
those notes for the G chord ringing out.
All right.
And we want all of them.
That's a good way to test out your chord
is just to play each note separately.
That's a nice G chord.
All right, now the D chord.
We've played a D7 before, [SOUND] but
this is a, just a normal D major.
[SOUND] It looks like a triangle but the
other way.
I love the D chord so much,
and I hope you do too.
let's listen to the rhythm of how they go
So it would be one, two, three, four.
Now I'm doing one quick kind of muted out
moments with my, with my right hand.
Right there.
Let's take a look
at that because that's really important to
give the, the groove the right feel.
So [SOUND] I'm just going to focus in on
that part.
So it's a down and an up.
And then, when I do the next down stroke,
I do the muted down stroke.
So I'm actually picking.
And muting at the same time.
Muting with this part of my hand.
[SOUND] So I get a little thwump.
[SOUND] And that's really almost like
we're, we're playing guitar and
drums at the same time.
[SOUND] So, [SOUND] so down, up, thwump.
can just practice that until it becomes
really easy and second nature.
One, two, three, four.
That's the trick.
Now let's see what happens after it.
Then, after this thwump,
I'm just making up words, but
to me, that sounds like a thwump we'll do
an upstroke [SOUND] on the G.
Let's loop that to really get the feel of
that rhythm.
One, two,
three, four.
You just want to practice that 'til
it becomes comfortable.
Then you can start to expand and put it in
the whole progression of those two chords.
So one, two, three, four.
Another thing, as you practice this,
of course your hands and your fingers get
more used to controlling the strings and
making the music happen, but
also your ears will start to tune into
those details.
So this is really ear training at the same
You know, now that you've really practiced
that section.
Your ear knows to look for
that slump and get it right when you do
the whole piece.
That's beautiful so, play that a lot,
get that thwamp [SOUND].
And that'll really really help your
strumming technique and
everything you do with guitar.
One, two, three, four!
All right that is the thwump and
I would love to hear you doing some
thwumps on your guitar as well.
I think it's a really important technique
and in order to really make sure you have
it, maybe send in a video of yourself
playing it.
First check out and see what other people
have sent in,
because I've probably given them some
pointers and you can use those as well.
In making your thwump as thwumpish as
And, if you have a question or your want
me to check out yours,
I'm happy to do some comments on it.
And you just have two chords, the G and
the D.
[SOUND] With that thump twump in the
It's gonna be great, send it on in.
I can't wait to see and if you can, do it
with your eyes closed.
Your shoulders moving, have a good
time with it, and be relaxed and I can't
wait to listen to your two chord thwump.
One, two,
three, four!
A one, two, three, four!