The following exercise will help you get faster with the Cavaco strumming, try following the pattern downwards/upwards but double the frequency every 8 measures.

Double the speed

EXERCISE #6

Now let’s practice the same strumming pattern but with only downward strumming.

Double the speed

EXERCISE #7

Strum with only upwards strumming and double the speed every 8 measures.

Double the speed

EXERCISE #8

Now repeat the pattern at Exercise #5, only to make it more complicated by doubling the times you hit the strings.