Apart from being a legendarily popular song (and the song that introduced me to Jason Mraz!), this song is great to introduce muting in it. It’s good to start out with just an offbeat mute to adjust to the feel of muting chords and when you come around to add more strokes to open up the groove a bit.
Beginner Strumming Pattern: Use the Hawaiian pattern to get a quick start to this song
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 8 & d u D u d u D u d u D u d u D u To get a little more groovy, give a snappy downstroke and mute the chord as quick as you can! 1 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 4 Dx Dx Dx Dx In the more groovy challenge, you add mute strokes in between! 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & x x D x x x D x x x D x x X D x If you are feeling extra groovy, try to swing the 8th notes!
after part 1 – Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
after part 2 – Sing – Ed Sheeran