Conclusion: Make Them Your Own

In this tutorial I've shown you a couple of my favorite strumming patterns; now it's time for you to come up with your own. So pick any blues song that you have in your library and see if you can find a cool strumming pattern that works for it.

And remember that you can combine all of the patterns I've shown you today. For example, you can play whole notes on the I chord and back beats on the IV chord. Or you can play back beats the first time around when someone is soloing and play upbeats 2nd time around. Try out as many combinations as you can think of and remember the ones that work!