[–] heygeorge 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I've found its a muscle memory thing. If you're using your upper arm, you're doing it wrong.

[–] WhiteRonin [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Not the actual movement but hitting which strings down and up.

[–] heygeorge 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Oh fuck just put in your 10,000 hours of practice and you'll get it. :D

[–] TheBuddha 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Can you elaborate?

Are you playing with a pick? What thickness is the pick? Are you having trouble figuring out when to strum? Which direction to strum? What's going on?

I'm going to go out and plow my driveway. I'll be back in like a half hour.

[–] WhiteRonin [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

No rush. I gave away my guitar when I moved back.

I was playing with a Pick at the time. Standard whatever - noobs would buy!

Your other questions are my questions! Ugh.

[–] TheBuddha 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Oh, I'm back already.

The thing to do, without being able to see your attack, is to get a thin pick, less than 1 mm, and strum. Practice just that. Count one, and two, and three, and four. Change chords, count to four again. Strum first down on each hard count and then strum up in between each count.

Picking, with finger or device, is called attacking. Your attack should be confident and aimed at the tone you want. This means you want consistency.

Many beginner song books will tell you with a v or ^ to strum down or up. Many chords are played without actually strumming all six strings.

So, without more information from you, I'm reduced to saying just practice it and practice it until you get consistent tones. Later, you can work on making certain attacks brighter or more muted. To start with, just aim for consistent. Each strum should be the same tone and volume as the last, for this level. It will take many hours to really get used to it.