Chunking

by Pete · 0 comments

Today’s post is about a simple technique that you can use to add a little rhythm to fill in some space in strumming patterns called chunking. Chunking is great because you don’t need to be a great player to get the right sound.

On tablature, chunking is usually displayed as four “X”s across the strings, as there is no tone to this percussive (don’t know if that’s a word) sound.

To do one of these, with your left hand, mute all four strings by resting your fingers across all four strings, then with the right hand strum downwards with your four fingers. As your thumb gets there use the meaty part at the base of your thumb to mute the sound again. Might take a little practice to get the sound you like, but not much at all.

You don’t have to strum hard to get the sound, just get the action done in the one fluid movement.

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