The Synthetic Strumming Guitar Series

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Table of Contents

  1. Overview of the Series
  2. Song Lessons
  3. Technique Lessons (Grouped by Technique and Difficulty)

Overview of the Series

These are songs that involve strumming synthesized with other techniques such as picking, sweeping, raking, and other tricks to keep the groove interesting.

Song Lessons

  • Meet Virginia – Train
  • Build Me Up From Bones – Sarah Jarosz
  • Clarity – John Mayer
  • Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews
  • Drive – Incubus
  • Hole Hearted – Extreme
  • I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift
  • I Saw a Stranger – John Gorka
  • I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
  • Jack and Diane – John Mellencamp
  • Just a Phase – Incubus
  • Little Plastic Castle – Ani DiFranco
  • Long Cool Woman – The Hollies

Synthetic strumming song titleComposer/Artist/ArrangerTechnique
Build Me Up From BonesSarah Jarosz
ClarityJohn MayerTriplets in Bass
Crash into MeDave MatthewsBass under drone
DriveIncubusmixing notes with arpeggios
Hole-heartedextreme
I Knew You Were TroubleTaylor SwiftDouble thumbing
I Saw a StrangerJohn Gorka
I Won’t Give UpJason Mraz
Jack and DianeJohn MellencampOpen A boxes
just a phaseIncubus
little plastic castleAni Difrancoalternating compound lines
Long Cool WomanThe Hollies
One Sweet WorldDave Matthews
PYTMichael Jackson
RunningJason Mraz
So Much to sayDave Matthews
Somebody’s heartbreakHunter Hayes
Swan DiveAni Difranco
The Rain SongLed Zeppelin
We shall be freeGarth BrooksFreedom Song bridge
What Makes a Man
City and Colour

Technique Lessons