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Blues Ukulele - Comping

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Comping – short for accompaniment is simply the music and instruments that are "accompanying" the melody. Typically a term used by jazz musicians and done by the musicians playing an instrument capable of playing chords, harmonically, ie: multiple notes at a time. The ukulele like the guitar and piano is one such instruments.

It's the Chords and the style ( Rhythm ) that you play the chords that comprise comping.

Start with the lesson Core Chords - The Big Six - Building a Solid Chord Foundation for building your 4-part contemporary chord foundation and the Modular Phonetic Rhythm, The Foundation and Workbook 1 below.

Core Chords - The Big Six - Building a Solid Chord Foundation • Updated: Jan 23, 2020

Core Chords is a series of lessons for building your core, essential 4-part chords. These chords commonly called jazz chords, are really just 4-part chords used in a wide range of musical styles.

The Big Six chords include: Seventh 7, Major Seventh maj7, Minor Seventh m7, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five diminished 7 m7b5, Diminished Seventh o7 and Augmented Seventh +7. These six chords form a core set of chords.

For rhythmic styles start with the Modular Phonetic Rhythm books and series of lessons I have available.

Modular Phonetic Rhythm, The Foundation and Workbook 1
Updated: Nov 9, 2015

Modular Phonetic Rhythm represents a significant advance in the teaching and application of rhythm. Eliminating many inefficient aspects of rhythm education, Modular Phonetic Rhythm streamlines the traditional educational approach, resulting in a reflexive reaction to rhythm.

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48 Rhythm Lessons

Here are all the lessons tagged covering rhythm.

`Ukulele Strums - Getting Started • Updated: Apr 6, 2020

One of the first skills a ukulele player learns is the art and craft of strumming – playing rhythm. This refers to an accompaniment technique suitable for the singer, singer/songwriter or someone who plays a support role for another instrument.

Basic `Ukulele Strums and Variations • Updated: Apr 26, 2016

A strum is the execution of a specific rhythmic pattern, at tempo, in a particular style. A strum can be broken down into its rhythmic syllables. These rhythmic syllables are defined by what particular style is being performed. Basic ukulele strums and variations to get you started. This is the place to start if you are just getting started with ukulele. Or, want to know how to teach basic strums and always have success.

Modular Phonetic Rhythm, Level I Pairs Worksheet • Updated: Jun 2, 2020

Level I rhythmic syllable pairs for developing your ukulele strums vocabulary and sharpen your reading chops.

Modular Phonetic Rhythm, Level II Pairs Worksheet • Updated: Jun 2, 2020

Level II rhythmic syllable pairs for developing your ukulele strums vocabulary and sharpen your reading chops.

Modular Phonetic Rhythm • Updated: Aug 1, 2018

Modular Phonetic Rhythm represents a significant advance in the teaching and application of rhythm. Eliminating many inefficient aspects of rhythm education, Modular Phonetic Rhythm streamlines the traditional educational approach, resulting in a reflexive reaction to rhythm. This approach is applicable to all ages and to all styles of music. It has applications for the individual musician as well as for groups such as orchestra, jazz band, marching band, small groups etc.

`Ukulele Strums and The Modular Phonetic Rhythm System • Updated: Mar 12, 2013

Strums are Inseparably Linked to Rhythm

Any strum can be broken down to its Modular Phonetic rhythmic syllables. Modular Phonetic Rhythm, by Chuck Anderson is a system for learning rhythm. It teaches rhythm phonetically - just as language does. Remember 'Strums ARE rhythm'.

Metronome - Playing in Time • Updated: Feb 13, 2020

There is no way around it. A musician must be able to play in time. Playing in time is an important musical skill for ALL musicians. A metronome is an external time device for developing an accurate internal time.

Rhythm and Strums Level II Rhythmic Pairs - Lesson One • Updated: Nov 14, 2016

Modular Phonetic Level II Rhythmic Syllable 1 of 6 and 2 of 6.

Rhythm and Strums Level II Rhythmic Pairs - Lesson Two • Updated: Apr 26, 2016

Modular Phonetic Level II Rhythmic Syllable 3 of 6.

Rhythm and Strums Level II Rhythmic Pairs - Lesson Three • Updated: Nov 18, 2017

Modular Phonetic Level II Rhythmic Syllable 4 of 6

Rhythm is inseparably linked to strums

Strumming requires a specific set of skills. They are:

  • Memorization of chords
  • The ability to switch chords smoothly and
  • The ability to choose and execute a suitable rhythmic strum.

This is where these series of lessons will help.

Rhythm and Strums Level II Rhythmic Pairs - Lesson Four • Updated: Apr 26, 2016

Modular Phonetic Level II Rhythmic Syllable 5 of 6.

Rhythm is inseparably linked to strums.

Strumming requires a specific set of skills. They are:

  • Memorization of chords
  • The ability to switch chords smoothly and
  • The ability to choose and execute a suitable rhythmic strum. This is where these series of lessons will help.

Quarter Note Strum • Updated: Apr 10, 2020

Chords and music are organized into bars or measures with the most common number of beats per bar or measure being four. One of the most basic strumming patterns and the foundation for ALL future strumming is the Quarter Note Strum. As the name implies this strumming pattern is one quarter note per beat. For songs in common 4/4 time where there are four beats per measure or bar. This is one down stroke per beat.

Quarter Note Strum - Variations • Updated: Apr 6, 2013

Building on the basic Quarter Note Strum lessons, here are four variations to get you started.

Learning the Bo Diddley Strum • Updated: Jul 19, 2013

The Bo Diddley strum is named after Bo Diddley. Bo Diddley is an American R&B vocalist, guitarist, songwriter ( usually as Ellas McDaniel ), and rock and roll pioneer. He introduced more insistent, driving rhythms and a hard-edged electric guitar sound on a wide-ranging catalog of songs, along with African rhythms and a signature beat (a simple five-accent clave rhythm) that remains a cornerstone of rock and pop.

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, Rhythm • Updated: Jan 2, 2006

The Ukulele - Reading Music Series uses the Modular Phonetic Rhythm System by Chuck Anderson for learning rhythm.

( from Chuck Anderson’s Modular Phonetic Rhythm - The Foundation book )

Modular Phonetic Rhythm is based on 23 fundamental rhythmic syllables. These rhythmic syllables vary in length from 1 note to 6 notes and from 1 beat to 2 beats. The system is divided into 4 levels based on the subdivision of the beat. Level I does not subdivide the beat. This is the level in which all notes are struck only on the downbeat. Level II divides the beat into 2 parts. Level III divides the beat into 3 parts. Level IV divides the beat into 4 parts. The levels do not express progressive difficulty, just progressive subdivisions of the beat.

Playing by Ear - Rhythm • Updated: Jun 18, 2016

Playing rhythm by ear is all about getting your ear to recognize the sound of rhythm and just like melodies, train the fingers and the hands to follow your inner ear and play these rhythms on demand. Learning to play rhythms using a monotone, one note or sound is a lot easier to learn than learning to hear and play melodies.

Rhythm is best learned using Chuck Anderson's Modular Phonetic Rhythm System. I've had nothing but success using this system with my personal private students.

Modular Phonetic Rhythm represents a significant advance in the teaching and application of rhythm. Eliminating many inefficient aspects of rhythm education, Modular Phonetic Rhythm streamlines the traditional educational approach, resulting in a reflexive reaction when play rhythm.

The Muted Strum • Updated: Oct 19, 2015

The muted strum is executed by relaxing the chord hand during the strum. If the chord is a barre, relaxing the pressure is enough to create the percussive, drum like effect. If holding an open chord, the fingers relax but maintain enough finger pressure to get the muted sound. This is what a few players are calling, The Universal Muted Chord. You're utilizing your ukulele as a percussive instrument and there is no discernible pitch - just like a drum. This chord works on any song just as a drum works with any song and does't care what the key is.

This is a great chord to use when learning a new strum.

`Ukulele Strums - Core Pattern 4.1 • Updated: Jun 23, 2014

Another one of the 72 possible strumming patterns based of the Modular Phonetic Rhythm systems level II rhythmic syllables.

In using music terms to describe the pattern, it is a dotted quarter note and one eight note to four eight notes. Basically one rhythmic rhythmic syllable from the Modular Phonetic Rhythm tied to another syllable from the system. Mater the individual syllables and you'll be able to master all 72 of the possible two syllable patterns.

`Ukulele Strums - Core Pattern 4.1T • Updated: Mar 12, 2013

Another one of the 72 possible strumming patterns based of the Modular Phonetic Rhythm systems level II rhythmic syllables.

The last pattern in this series with the end of the first rhythmic syllable tied to the beginning of the second rhythmic syllable.

Leciono Uno for Fred Flintstone - CSP • Updated: Jan 1, 1998

Fred Flintstone is the main character of the animated sitcom The Flintstones, which aired during prime-time on ABC during the original series' run from 1960 to 1966. Fred is the husband of Wilma Flintstone and father of Pebbles Flintstone. His best friend is his next door neighbor, Barney, who has a wife named Betty and an adopted son, named Bamm-Bamm.

First `Ukulele Lesson • Updated: Sep 22, 2016

This is a scan of a typical first lesson that ALL students new to the ukulele might get in one of my private one-on-one lessons. View the full lesson for my notes and my comments on what doesn't make it on every the sheet. There's a lot of that goes on in an individual private lesson and is different from student to student.

The Downbeat • Updated: Apr 25, 2017

What, Where and How Can You Locate the Downbeat and Pulse of a Song

Locating the downbeats, pulse, and especially beat one is really important in music.

Tracking the downbeats on a strumming instrument like ukulele is really important as it relates to the stroke direction and weak and strong part of downbeats and upbeats. These strong and weak parts of the beat need to be reinforced and telegraphed in order for listeners and fellow musicians to play and follow along.

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