A proposal for tweaking the strum pattern notation tp make it easier to read
I find the the strumming way strumming patterns are presented to be incredibly difficult for my brain to parse. I think the problem is two fold.
You can't easily see the misses in regular strum patterns, the one's where you hand is moving, but you do not strum.
The point of the array feels like I should be doing something. A fast up down that you let ring out for a long time will have a short little arrow followed by a super wide arrow. It looks like two totally different sorts of notes, even though the action is the same.
I made a little mockup of an idea I had to fix these issues.
The main suggestion here is to have the strum direction arrow the same width, always, and it it makes the misses easy to see as they have to arrows on them at all.
I think this will make it far easier to learn strumming patterns of a song.
(This post brought to you by hours of struggling with Losing my Religion)
So on top of the chords there can be black arrows going down for when we have to strum and then we could have white arrow pointing up for when we don't have to strum. This way we can keep our hand moving and actually find the rhythm in what we are playing. Because the way it is now. I only stum down when the chord shows to strum and the if have to strum the next chord down, I'll just be waiting there until I have to strum again. And this make my strumming sound choppy.
I like this idea... !