In this series of ukulele video lessons, we will go over how you can perform the basic ukulele strum. If you are new to the instrument, but you’ve seen others play, you probably notice quite a bit of what they are doing is actually strumming so they can get the rich sound the instrument can produce. Learning how to strum properly is very important, and is one of the first things you should attempt to master when you are learning to play the ukulele. Fortunately, it is not too hard to do properly, and you will find that when you learn how to do it properly, your songs will sound fantastic. Of course, you do need to learn the basics, and you need to practice.
Every song that you play on the ukulele will need to incorporate strumming. It is the nature of the instrument, and that means you have to perfect it if you want to develop real skills and be able to play real songs. Here’s the basic pattern that you will want to practice:
Is that really all there is do it? Down, Down, Up, Up, Down, Down, Down, Up, Up, Down? For the basic pattern, that’s it. Of course, you can slow the music down or speed it up based on the song you are playing, but this basic ukulele strum pattern is the one everyone learns in the beginning. As soon as you start learning the chords, you need to learn and incorporate this pattern.
Once you learn this pattern and start playing it, you’ll find that you really are starting to make what sounds like real ukulele music. It is an achievement when you start changing chords and can keep up with the strum pattern as you go.
the strum pattern is just the beginning though. Just because you know what to
do does not mean you know how to do it properly. This means you need to take
the time to practice. Take time to get the strumming pattern perfected so you
can add it to your toolbox of techniques. Practice the strum each day. You can
even use it as a part of your warm-up before you start a lesson or try to play
a new song. The more you practice the easier it will be. Even if you only have
a few minutes to practice, simply going through a few chords with this pattern
is fun, and it will sound great. Soon, the strumming pattern will be second
nature. The more you practice, the better you will be. It’s as simple as that.
Okay, you’ve been practicing the basic ukulele strum for a while now, and you’ve gotten good at it. Perhaps you even know a few songs. Is that all there is to learning the ukulele? Is there only a single strumming pattern. No, of course not! You will find quite a few other patterns out there that will fit different types of songs. However, you really should master the basics before you start experimenting with other options. Once you do this, you can then move on to other patterns.
After you’ve been playing for a while, you will start to develop a good ear when it comes to picking up strumming patterns in different songs. You will even be able to listen to songs that do not feature any ukulele and be able to determine what type of strumming pattern would work well with that particular piece.Return to Home Page
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