The Island Strum

What the heck is an Island Strum?

Published: 28 Jun 2021 Updated: 06 Nov 2021Visits: 41Code: UL-ISLAND-STRUM

INSTRUMENTS: Rhythm Main: Ukulele Others: Ukulele Guitar
Subjects: Rhythm • Strums • Strum

The Island Strum


Just, what is the Island Strum?

Is it?

  • The verbal commands: down down upup down up
  • Any strum performed on an island, such as Hawai'i. Which is an "Island", actual 137 islands.

A strum is the execution of a rhythmic pattern, in a particular style, at tempo.

The down down up etc. is the execution part. It's Rhythm, pure and simple. The Island Strum name is just a not so arbitrary, non-musical name given to this particular pattern. And the pattern is…

...with a tie between the first and second Rhythmic Syllables for:

The Island Strum is one of the Four Famous Core `Ukulele Strums - Pattern Four . It's probably the most famous of the four strums.

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