Rhythm Hand Strumming Techniques from Tom Strahle

Sponsored by Elixir Strings

Rhythm hand strumming techniques can be the most important thing an acoustic player needs to have. Make your rhythm playing stellar. Los Angeles session guitarist, songwriter and teacher, Tom Strahle, talks about thinking like a drummer and being a great rhythm guitar player. This is a tip you can really use!

“I use Elixir Strings for many reasons. Their longevity, less finger squeak when recording acoustic, easier on the fingers and they sound worked-in the minute they are on the instrument.”


– Tom Strahle

Acoustic 80/20 Bronze with POLYWEB® Coating, Light Gauge .012-.053
Electric Nickel Plated Steel with NANOWEB® Coating, Light Gauge .010-.046


What makes Elixir® Strings a favorite among artists like Tom Strahle? It’s their great tone, smooth feel, no string squeak and extended tone life. And for Tom, their longevity and lack of finger squeak enables his guitars to sound and feel their best in the studio and at shows.

Elixir Strings is still the only brand to coat the entire string – protecting not only the outer string surface, but also the gaps between the windings. As a result, Elixir Strings retain their tone longer than any other string, uncoated or coated.*

When it comes to finding your tone and feel, Elixir Strings offers three acoustic premium string options. The 80/20 Bronze with POLYWEB® Coating provides a warm tone and slick, fast feel. The Phosphor Bronze with NANOWEB Coating is full-bodied with sparkling high-end clarity and a feel more like a traditional string. The 80/20 Bronze with NANOWEB Coating is bright and vibrant with a feel more like a traditional string

* Elixir Strings player survey.

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