Playing a simple waltz rhythm on the guitar is very easy to do. It also happens to be the second most common rhythm that composers and songwriters tend to use when creating music or writing songs. The most commonly used time signature is 4/4, which is why it is also called Common Time.
The strumming pattern that I am going to show you how to play on guitar today is often referred to as a “boom chuck” strum. This is most likely because it resembles the feel of a kick drum and helps to drive the rhythm forward. The 3/4 waltz rhythm is counted with an emphasis on the first downbeat like this…
1 2 3 | 1 2 3 | 1 2 3 | etc.
Watch this guitar lesson video to see how easy it is to play a waltz rhythm…
Step By Step Instruction:
The chords are:
Notice that the 1st finger is playing the 3rd string for all 3 chords.
Leave your 1st finger down on the 3rd string when changing from one chord to the next.
Begin by striking the bass note that identifies the name of chord you are on….
- On the A chord strike the 5th string on the first beat, then strum the remaining two beats.
- On the D chord strike the 4th string on the first beat, then strum the remaining two beats.
- On the E chord strike the 6th string on the first beat, then strum the remaining two beats.
Playing A Waltz Rhythm:
The E7 chord can be substituted for the E Major chord and vice-versa in this progression. You can also play both chords as shown in the tab above.
Fortunately it’s easy to play an E7 chord. All you have to do is lift up your 3rd finger when you are on
the E Major chord and you have an E7!
As you practice changing between the chords in this progression listen to their different tones so that you can begin to recognize them by ear.