Core Strumming

You don’t need to know much to get started with these 25 beginner guitar strumming lessons, but if you can’t play basic open chords, expect to spend a little more time on each lesson. After all, learning chords is a challenge at first. I’ll make sure that you are comfortable with them by the time we’re done. I’ve included everything you’ll need in order to work through the lessons.

Nobody said playing guitar would be easy, so please don’t get discouraged at any point. Take your time and go step-by-step. Stop and spend extra time on the things that you find particularly difficult.

I’ve heard all of the excuses. “I’ve got no rhythm”, “My fingers won’t go there”, “I’m tone deaf”, or “My fingers hurt”. None of this is true (except your fingers will hurt). You DO have rhythm, everybody has rhythm, and I’ll prove it to you.

beginner guitar strummingIf you don’t already know how to read tablature (tab) or how to read a chord diagram then please learn BEFORE you begin with these lessons. Don’t worry, they’re easy to learn. The only other thing that I can think of that you might want to know is how to count to the number four: 1, 2, 3, 4. There, we’ve got that out of the way.

We’ll be working mostly with chords from the common open chords chart, so you may want to print it out and keep it handy.

What To Expect…

I’ve designed these lessons to help make you a confident strummer. You’ll improve your timing, chord knowledge, and learn a lot about rhythm. Please work through each lesson one at a time in chronological order. While it’s called “Beginner Strumming”, we’ll be diving into some fairly deep waters towards the end of the course. As I said, I’ll explain everything in detail as we go along, so if you jump around you’re bound to miss something. Stick to the plan, man.


If you would like, you can download power tab and PDF files of all 25 of the exercises we’ll be working with in our lessons. Here are the links:

Beginner Strumming Exercises PDF

Beginner Strumming Exercises PTB

You’ll have the following programs installed in order to open them:

  • You MUST have the Adobe Acrobat Reader to download the PDF files, which most everyone already has. It can be download from
  • If you want to download the PTB files, you will need the PT Editor. Click Here to download it.

Thank you, and welcome! I hope you enjoy the lessons. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions. Okay, enough rambling lets get on with it…

Beginner Guitar Strumming Lessons