week 1

Basic Strumming Technique


Let’s face it, most of you are probably here to learn more about what makes Opal Ocean’s guitar playing so unique and the foundation of it lies within our strumming technique. It’s a technique that was adapted by Gabriela Quintero from Rodrigo y Gabriela, when they were busking in Ireland in the early 2000s. Sounds familiar? Well yes, we were also buskers in our early days and faced the same challenges as Rodrigo y Gabriela. We learned the technique and made it our own. It is a sort of classic Spanish rumba but with a more powerful approach where the guitar body is divided into areas to produce different drum-like tones.

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Warm Up And Stretch

Nadav takes you through his stretching and warm-up routine

Drums on Guitar

Exploring your guitars sounds

The Basic Opal Ocean Strumming Technique

How to play the strum, and percussions.

The Triplet Strum Technique

How to play the triplet technique

Putting The Rhythms Together 

Putting the rhythms together



This is what you need to practice



Engage in the classroom

How did you go? Did you discover any interesting sounds while hitting your guitar? Did you remember all the moves? How fast did you go? Broke any nails? Any questions?


Play us one of your composition or pick any chords you’d like using this strumming technique. Here are the chords to Mexicana: E | F | E |G F

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