The Rock Strum

2 Week ‘Kick Start’ Beginner Guitar Course
– with Mark McKenzie Part 12

“Learn The Strum That Works With 80% of Rock Music”

Today I show you one of the coolest strums to learn… the Rock Strum. I call it that because it’s based on one of the most common rock beats – and that’s why it works!

You can use this strum as the basis for playing hundreds, if not thousands, of rock songs. But if you’re interested in just a few good examples where this strum is used, check these out:

Learning to Fly – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Working on a Dream – Bruce Springsteen
Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival




  1. Erich

    I just cannot put into words how grateful I am for just this one lesson. I have ‘played’ guitar since I was 18 (60 years ago!) and I didn’t know how to strum. Either I’m a prize dumbo or just needed someone to tell and show me what you did.
    Thank you, Mark! I hang on to every word you say and practice faithfully what you say.

  2. Martin Young

    Hey Mark love the classes! I’m having trouble accessing some of the videos (12).

    1. Jon Coursey Post author

      Hi Martin, could you send me links to the videos that are giving you trouble? I’ll see if I can find out what’s going on there.

  3. Jan

    Love these lessons. I actually starting to believe that I will be playing guitar well one day!

  4. Ray

    You are the best instructor I’ve ever came across so far , and that has been about 2.5 yrs ago, Wish i could order your lessons on DVD. cause my puter is too small to look at while trying to learn. Tried L.M.G by S.K. I just feeel like I could learn more from you and a lot faster. You go into direct detail, you don’t tell stories of long ago, when you was a little boy. You teach Guitar in a way like no other.



  6. Naween pandey

    Thank u sir ,u play amazing your backing track concept has given me a lot of confidence
    Thanks again

  7. Joseph Gill

    Thanks Mark, Ive been beating around for years and am not very good your lessons have been increadably helpful

  8. re co

    Easy to learn.A good strumming pattern.

  9. Jules

    Thanks Mark. Love that rock strum and you make it so easy to learn. Thanks again for making a difference in the way I am learning guitar…

  10. Kevin

    Excellent ! Send some more strumming patterns. Please! I love rhythm. Your teaching is right to the point without unnecessary conversation. Thanks!

  11. Guy

    Great Mark. I just kept it rolling along for awhile. Enjoyed.

  12. Clark

    Thanks Mark, I am grateful for all of your help in making my dream of being able to play the guitar come true.

  13. Peter

    Yes good I have learned that one before and forgot it!

  14. Paul Lucas

    Rock strum brill, as are all the lessons & so easy to follow.

  15. derek williams

    I’m loving every minute but I don’t think I’m ever gonna be a Clapton

    1. Mark McKenzie

      Keep that love for learning guitar alive for as long as you possibly can. Feed it. Inspire it. It will serve you well.

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