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Guitar for Songwriters by Leo Cavanagh

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5Accompaniment Styles

SOFAR, WE HAVE ONLY LOOKED AT THE LEFT HAND, at the fingers holding the chords. But the right hand is the one that adds personality—it can make a song sound driving or peaceful, it can swing or syncopate, it can be loud or soft, or it can sound confident or shaky. In this chapter, we’ll touch upon a number of techniques for the right hand.

Strumming

Strumming chords involves a number of subtle movements that can best be learned by listening and trying to duplicate the sounds you hear. The techniques presented here are only a beginning. The details—accents, muting, knowing which strings to hit and how hard—must be refined with practice.

Upon listening closely to a guitarist playing chords, you will quickly realize that not ...

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