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Carter-Style Guitar Basics: Enhancing Carter-Style Strum Patterns

As guitarist for the Carter Family, Maybelle Carter pioneered the boom-chuck approach to rhythm guitar. Download this helpful guide to learn how to add alternating bass notes and upstroke strums to the basic boom-chuck rhythm.


  • Simple guidelines for creating authentic alternating bass patterns.
  • Information on how to adapt Carter-style strumming patterns to 3/4 time.
  • Includes 5 minutes of video.

By David Surette