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Strum or Pluck?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Novak913, Jan 10, 2004.

  1. Novak913


    Jan 7, 2004
    I was just wondering whats the difference between strumming and plucking? and if you guys prefer to strum or pluck? I prefer to strum personaly
  2. From my personal experience, strumming usually implies hitting a series of strings in one fluid motion. They're hit "at the same time." Plucking implies hitting the strings individual of each other. Example: hitting an open G, then after the G hitting fretted C on the A string. Guitar players usually strum (chords), while bass players tend to pluck more, though both players can and do sometimes use both techniques.

    I think this should be in the Technique forum.
  3. Stephen Soto

    Stephen Soto

    Oct 12, 2003
    are you talking about slapping, or fingerstyle even? strumming is like what internal affair said, hitting a series of strings in a fluid motion (strum).
  4. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Moved to Technique...