Ukulele Video Lessons - Oldies Strum 1

In this series of Ukulele Video Lessons, you'll be learning a special strumming technique that I call the "Oldies Strum". One of the misconceptions that many people who are just starting out on the ukulele, think that there's just a single type of strumming pattern. That’s far from the case! You will be able to learn a wide range of different patterns, which you can use to play all sorts of songs and music on this versatile instrument. Often, the strumming pattern that you use will depend on the type of music you are playing. If you are playing the oldies, then naturally, you will want to use the oldies strum.


Watch This Ukulele Video Lesson On Oldies Strum Part 1


It is pretty simple, but it really does take some time and practice so you can get used to it. Once you learn it though, you will find that it’s a great technique that will let you play songs in the style of music from the 50s and early 60s.

When you play the oldies strum, you will mute the strings, and then strum in a down, down, up, up, down, down pattern. One of the things to keep in mind is that on the second down strum, you will want to fan out your strumming fingers so that they are each playing the strum. Start by fanning the pinky, then ring finger, middle finger, and the index finger last. Watch this lesson to see this technique in action so you can learn just how to do it.

Now, one of the things that is very important to keep in mind is that even after watching the lesson on the oldies strum, this strumming pattern is actually a bit more complex than some of the others are. This means that the only way you will perfect it is through practice. Play around with the pattern, and you will find that it does become much easier in time. Once you get to the point where you have mastered the technique, you will be able to play a number of those oldies that everyone loves so much. In fact, you can even use the technique to come up with your own take on the era of music if you want. There's a 2nd part of this series for your continued ukulele lessons.

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