The Country Lick

If you’ve heard lots of country and folk guitar pickers you have no doubt heard this basic strumming technique hundreds or even thousands of times. This is the familiar “Boom-Chicka, Boom-Chicka, Boom-Chicka” sounding strum that almost everyone uses when strumming and using the alternate bass.

The exercise below gives you an idea how is might look if written out in tablature. On the counts of 2 and 4 in each measure, each one of the strums receives 1 beat. With the country lick each one of these strums is divided in half, so that it becomes two strums -- the first one down, and the second one up. In the example below I have written out the up-strum notating only the first string. In reality, you might hit two or three strings instead, which is fine. The point is, you want to use this as an accent to your strumming rhythm. If you think in terms of just catching the 1st string on your way back up then you shouldn’t have any trouble. If any of that sounds complicated, it’s really not. Just listen to the midi file and you can hear how it sounds.

It is up to you to choose when to use this strum. It can add a little depth to your playing and fullness to the sound, but sometimes it sounds better not to use it. You can decide. This will generally not be written out ordinarily in tabs in order to keep things as simple as possible. Just keep in mind that it is completely interchangeable with the single alternating bass strum that you have already learned.