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In music, strumming is a way of playing a stringed instrument such as a guitar. A strum or stroke is a sweeping action where a fingernail or plectrum brushes past several strings in order to set them all into<!--I--> motion and thereby play a chord.
Strums are executed by the dominant hand, while the other hand holds down notes on the fret-board.
A hand-held pick or plectrum can only be used to pluck one string at a time, but multiple strings can be strummed by one. Plucking multiple strings simultaneously requires a finger style or finger pick technique.