Strumming patterns

How to play an easy reel rhythm variation for Celtic guitarists in DADGAD and standard tuning

In this free Celtic backing guitar lesson from Folk Friend I’ll be showing you how to vary your reel strumming patterns by using off-beat chord changes to make your playing smoother and more funky and add drive to the melody! I’ll be demonstrating the chords in both DADGAD and standard tuning, and applying the theory using my playalong video for the classic Irish reel Maid Behind The Bar, which you can find here.

I recently finished writing a complete Beginner’s Guide To Celtic DADGAD Accompaniment! You can find it here.

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