Ukulele Video Lessons - Oldies Strum 2

This last part of this series on Ukulele Video Lessons, you'll be learning additional techniques to this type of strumming. In the last post on oldies strumming, we covered a fun way to create the sound of oldies from the 50s and 60s. Now, we’re back with some other methods of performing this strum. If you’ve already mastered the first technique, then you will certainly want to check out the second lesson. You will learn some nice new alternatives that can give the playing even more style and pizzazz than before.


Watch This Ukulele Video Lesson On Oldies Strumming 2


If you remember from the first lesson, you muffle the strings while you are playing them. There are two other techniques that you can use. First, you can partially muffle the strings, which provides a much different sound. The second way that you can do the oldies strum is a bit more complicated, but you will be able to get it with a bit of practice.

With the second technique, you will place the strumming hand so that your pinky rests right near the bridge. This causes some of the muffling to come from the bridge area rather than the strings. You can even use part of your hand to mute in this fashion. You will find that these additional techniques will give you a bit more variety when it comes to making music.

Why should you learn oldies strumming? The strumming pattern is ingrained into popular culture by this point, even though many people might not know it. When they hear the pattern, it is instantly familiar, and the vast majority of people actually like this type of music. It is quite a bit of fun to play, certainly, but the real joy can come from seeing other people who are enjoying what you are playing. Quite a few out there probably don’t even realize that you can play this type of music on the ukulele.

Now, it is important to keep in mind that this is not exactly a simple technique to master, as some of the other strumming patterns are. Still, if you put in the time and the practice, and you watch the ukulele video lesson on the oldies strum, you will be able to get to the point where you can do this pattern in your sleep. It’s nice whether you want to play some older songs, or if you just want to pick up the uke and practice some chord progressions.

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