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: Nov 18, 2019 Updated: Nov 18, 2019 Visits: 1

14 Lessons in the “Building Your Core Strums for Ukulele” Series
`Ukulele Strums - Getting Started

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

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.

Quarter Note Strum

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.

Quarter Note Strum - Variations

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

Four Famous Core `Ukulele Strums - Pattern One

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

For ukulele 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

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

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

Review of the four core ukulele strums.

`Ukulele Strums - Core Pattern 4.1

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

`Ukulele Strums - Core Pattern 4.1T

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

`Ukulele Strums - Core Pattern 6.1

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

`Ukulele Struming Pattern 6.1T

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

Learning the Bo Diddley Strum

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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