-- With this pattern you still strum downward “on the beat” -- that is, on the count of 1, 2, 3, and 4 -- just as in Pattern #1. However, now each quarter note beat will be broken up into two eighth notes, giving you 8 strums in each measure, 4 down and 4 up. It’s important to note that with all of these strums you strum downward on each beat then strum upward on the “&” (and). Think of the beats (1,2,3,4) as downbeats (strumming downward) and the &’s following the beats as upbeats (strumming upward).
Pay special attention to this strum because all of the strums following this are based on it. It’s mostly a
matter of leaving certain parts out rather than strumming on every beat (and off-beat) that will make your strumming interesting.