At the end of this Ukulele Video Lessons, you'll be able to do Ska Strumming. Ska strumming on a ukulele is almost like reggae strumming. The difference is that instead of an up and down stroke you are simply doing an up stroke all of the time. It can be done with any type of chord and it can be done either muted or not muted.
Some people like ska strumming because it can be easier for some people to learn because it's only an up stroke as opposed to an up and down stroke. This makes it easier for people to learn and to perfect. Others simply like the sound that the ska strumming makes. There are people who simply like one form of strumming over another for no apparent reason at all.
Like anything else in the music world, ska strumming takes practice although it may not be as hard to learn since it only has one motion. It's a good idea to practice ska strumming without any chords at first to get the hang of it and then add the chords when you are comfortable with it. This way you don't have to worry about how it sounds. You can just work on getting the motion going and getting your hand used to it. If you have been doing other types of strumming up until now, it may take you some time to get used to doing it only upwards instead of upwards and downwards. Have fun!!
It is believed that Ska music can be traced all the way back to the late 1950's, early 1960's Jamaica. The fusion of Caribbean music, along with rhythm, blues, and jazz is the core of this type of music. It's upstroke rhythm, with walking bass lines, is what makes this music unique. And what makes it interesting, is that, Ska music evolved to Rocksteady, than to Reggae. Just some interesting facts!