Accenting 2 and 4

Now that we've explored the most basic version of our country strumming pattern, let's take it one step further. You may have noticed that beats 1 and 3 feel very "heavy". This is where the bass drum typically lands, and these are called the "down beats". You may also have noticed that beats 2 and 4 feel light and that's where the snare drum typically lands. These are called "Back beats". Now let's try to emphasize the "backbeats" in our basic strumming pattern.

Anders Mouridsen
Instructor Anders Mouridsen
Accenting 2 and 4 song notation