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Building Your Core Strums for Ukulele

Rhythm is in-separately linked to strums.

Rhythm is in-separately linked to strums. Using the Modular Phonetic Rhythm System developed by Chuck Anderson this series of lessons start with the core four strums all ukulele players use and throughly digs in to the many variations possible.

As rhythm are in-separately linked with strums these lessons are suitable for any stringed instrument like guitar, banjo and mandolin capable of playing chords.

PUBLISHED: Jan 1, 2003 UPDATED: Jan 1, 2003 • VIEWS: 72 • SERIES CODE: UL126

14 Lessons in the “Building Your Core Strums for Ukulele” Series

`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.

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.

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.

Four Famous Core `Ukulele Strums - Pattern One • Updated: Jan 29, 2013

For ukulele there are four core, basic strums that will get you started. This is the first of the four core patterns.

Four Famous Core `Ukulele Strums - Pattern - Pattern Two • Updated: Jan 31, 2013

For ukulele and guitar there are four core, basic strums that will get you started. This is the second of the four core patterns.

Four Famous Core `Ukulele Strums - Pattern - Pattern Three • Updated: Jan 31, 2013

For ukulele there are four core, basic strums that will get you started. This is the third of the four core patterns.

Four Famous Core `Ukulele Strums - Pattern - Pattern Four • Updated: Jan 31, 2013

For ukulele there are four core, basic strums that will get you started. This is the fourth of the four core patterns.

Four Famous Core `Ukulele Strums - Pattern - Review • Updated: Nov 29, 2018

Review of the four core ukulele strums.

`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.

`Ukulele Strums - Core Pattern 6.1 • Updated: Nov 22, 2017

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

`Ukulele Struming Pattern 6.1T • Updated: Nov 22, 2017

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

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.

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