Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: California, USA
The biggest thing I can tell you that I've noticed with folks who struggle with rhythm is that they choke up. *By that I mean that they are too stiff. *The first thing a good rhythm player (usually, always exceptions) does is loosen up. *Your elbow and your wrist should always move with a free and easy motion. *Unless the music calls for extremely hard strumming or staccato (short choppy notes) you would be well served by trying to keep your hand moving smoothly at all times. *Work on a constant fluid back and forth motion.
As far as pick usage, that's up to you to find. *Start counting on the beats. *1 2 3 4 then 8th notes 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 then 16ths 1 e & a 2 e & a.....
Other patterns will come more naturally.