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  • n. Plural form of downstroke.


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  • It is founded on the English, but the downstrokes are a little blacker, and more marked.

    The Idiot

  • I showed Jeff how to hold the pick and play downstrokes.

    I slept with Joey Ramone

  • At the end of the session, if you managed to keep them all in mind while you sat straight but also stayed relaxed, and if you concentrated on what you were doing instead of wishing you were out in the school yard playing Red Rover, you had pages of perfect ovals, upstrokes, and downstrokes, and by the end of third grade, these would have come together into some species of legible penmanship.

    Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting

  • After all of the glory, all of the hardcore downstrokes on Telecasters and Les Pauls, the bleeding sax solos spilling over the melodies like syrup on pancakes, drenching them with warmth and sweetness, it comes down to this: know what you have, know what it's worth, cherish that rather than wasting time seeking what you can't have and losing your life in the bitter unrealized process.

    Holly Gleason: Michael Stanley and the Resonators: Midwest Midnight, Reckoning Where the Have-Littles Gather

  • He would play eighth notes on downstrokes on the fifth and sixth strings with a boogie rhythm while he sang, and he played in sax and piano keys, which were C, D, E-flat, and B-flat.

    Cheech & Chong

  • A couple of hard downstrokes and we were level with the open edge of the roof, looking down at the brightly lit field, the tiny faces all staring at us.

    Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

  • Armstrong handwriting “experts” have even published articles on how the downstrokes to his “N” and “A” and other characteristics of his signature have changed over the years.

    First Man

  • Her tawny wings beat in unison with mine, so we just barely missed each other on the downstrokes.

    The Angel Experiment

  • He winced at the memory of the childish writing — the chunky downstrokes, the blocky uncials.

    Son of a Witch

  • Why should downstrokes be thick and upstrokes thin?

    The History of Mr. Polly


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