Watch Fred Armisen demonstrate “the strumming styles of the world”

Fred Armisen guitar strumming styles of the world
(Image credit: The Tonight Show / YouTube)

Fred Armisen was back visiting the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week and, armed with an acoustic, used the opportunity to guide the host through “the strumming styles of the world”.

As you’ll see in the clip below [from about 3.30], Armisen warms-up with a few wryly observed guitar tropes. These include the playing position of “every guitar player on Instagram for the last two years” and noting all guitarists’ propensity to always –always – play Dsus4 after a D chord.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.