Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Video: Muted strumming rhythm practice

Many new players understandably concentrate so hard on not making wrong notes that they tend to overlook trying to improve their strumming rhythms.
I remember well when I was just starting out playing banjo- West Virginia clawhammer banjo player Dwight Diller first taught me in his workshop, and he said "The right hand is the meat and potatoes, the left hand is just the gravy."- I always loved that!

So here is a way to really IMPROVE your strumming rhythm without driving others crazy! Try muted rhythm strums, it's actually fun! Includes some varied strum rhythms to practice.


  1. This is such a great video!!!!! OH the threads I remember starting at ED over how to strum~it's not an easy thing to learn with no example. I didn't realize you have teaching vids~this is TREASURE! *THANK YOU!*

    BTW~I LOVE your winter pic in the hat~sooo beautiful!!!! ~smile~ (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  2. ... and thank you for this too.

    Found you on utube and covered the basic noter and strumming videos ... it would be soooo helpful if you had an index of all your videos on the webpage, though, so it would be possible for a total novice like me to follow them through one after the other in sequence rather than dashing about and finding there's something you've missed?
    thanks again

  3. Hi Marion,
    You can either sort through my mtn dulcimer videos on my YouTube Channel:

    OR, use the blog post filter I've provided here- see the lower right hand column to click on the subject "video" and it will pull up all my posts with videos in them.

    I laid things out to intentionally discourage folks from only looking at the videos without reading thier accompanying blog explanations and tabs etc. The videos are not meant to stand alone, and I feel my teaching material is really MOST useful when one reads the entire blog posts in sequence rather than just skipping around and picking out videos to watch separately.
    So you see, there is a method to my madness! :)

  4. This has been my most favorite lesson (so far). Learning with you is fun. I like that you use the web site Tags for your articles so I can come back later and review a specific topic. --10ashus on Friends of Mountain Dulcimer