View Full Version : Emphasizing strings on a strum.

The Pinneapple Pirate
05-25-2011, 12:44 PM
So I'm learning a song that has me strumming while playing a melody.
The tabs are something like:


The melody's on the E string, but when I strum I find the C string kind of taking over, and the melody's more in the background.

So I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas to help emphasize the melody a bit.

05-25-2011, 01:22 PM
I've never found a particular strum for emphasizing the E string. When I want to emphasize the A string, I strum with the back of my pinky fingernail.

05-25-2011, 02:50 PM
when strumming try aiming only for the E-string. You're gonna be hitting all four strings, but this should help to emphasize the E. Hope this somewhat helps!

05-25-2011, 09:56 PM
Try this...


(Of course, ideas that work for Jake Shimabukuro may or may not work for the rest of us.)

The Pinneapple Pirate
05-26-2011, 01:39 PM
yeah I actually saw that Jake Shimabukuro video before
was thinking of trying it out

thanks for the replies guys

05-31-2011, 11:10 PM
Two important things to remember when playing melody and chords:

1-The highest sounding string is usually perceived by the listener as the melody.

2-The loudest string can also be perceived as the melody.

I agree with ItsAMeCasey: focus the strum on the E string.

I would add, that in this case, make the E string both the loudest and highest pitched string you strum. You should use a finger on your chording hand to dampen the high a string while strumming this part of the tune.

I'm sure you'll get it with practice.