Triple Strum Etude

Below is the lesson for the ‘Triple Strum Etude’ by Rock Class 101.

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Learn a melodic etude that’s played entirely with the triplet strum technique. Let’s hit pause for a second, because the opening sentence is half correct and half incorrect. While this etude uses the right hand motion of the triplet strum:

1) Index Down (Strum)
2) Thumb Down (Pick)
3) Index Up (Pick)

You’ll notice that the first hit is the only one that’s strummed. That’s right, this etude transforms the triplet strum technique into a triple pick technique! Furthermore, we’re playing eighth notes in 6/8, as opposed to the triplet strums traditional use: Eighth note triplets in 4/4.

This etude is part of our new course titled: Triplet Strum Magic. As you’ve probably adduced from above, part of the “magic” is in the ability to take the triplet strum technique and transform it into a triple pick technique, as well as, using it in a different rhythmic context and as a self-contained right hand playing style.

While this etude can be performed with traditional fingerpicking technique, as Andrew demonstrates in the intro of the lesson, using this method of playing produces a highly rhythmic and fluid sound. If you’ve been looking for a technique that breathes new life into your playing, then definitely check out the course!

Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson

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