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Master Strumming & Plucking

Master Strumming & Plucking

There are so many new terms thrown at you when learning to play a string instrument. Let’s get you familiar with Strumming and Plucking

So what’s the difference?

When you strum an instrument, you stroke the strings of the instrument, touching several strings at once, which together make up a chord.

When you pluck (or pick), you pull individual strings, either separately or together,  and immediately detach your fingers from the instrument.  Like strumming, when you pluck strings together, it makes a chord. 

In its simplest form, "strumming" involves a broad movement of the thumb or a plectrum across the strings; while "plucking" involves a more precise movement of individual fingers or a plectrum against individual strings.

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