I've been playing two years and I just cannot strum. With a pick, with my hands, whatever.
It's not a rhythm thing. I 'get' strumming patterns etc but it's the mechanical, physical act of it. I can't hold a pick (fine for single note lead stuff but flies around all over the shop if I try to strum) , can't get consistent volume, sometimes miss altogether, you name it.
I've watched hundreds of videos on the correct way to hold picks, etc. I've tried thin picks, thick picks, grippy picks. Thin nylon ones are ever so slightly better than the rest but sound horrible and still it's not good or natural.
I expect a lot of it is tension related. I just can't seem to loosen up, but most barriers that I've hit I've made gradual progress in overcoming but I seem to make no progress on strumming.
Anyone else have this issue? Any tips?