aloha uke fans! i’ve had a lot of requests on how to strum more clearly on the ukulele. this tutorial covers:
1. using your thumb to get more power and grip
2. how to position your index to get more clarity and control
3. downstrum and upstrum
i reference the island strum, which you can learn here in the Stand By Me tutorial:
*** SEE BELOW FOR ALL 6 LESSONS in Cynthia’s Beginner Ukulele series***
BEGINNER UKULELE LESSON PLAYLIST – these 6 lessons build on each other and are meant to be learned in order
Lesson #1: Three Little Birds – Basics
Lesson #2: I’m Yours – Backbeat Strum
Lesson #3: Don’t Worry Be Happy – Swing Strum
Lesson #4: Stand By Me – Island Strum
Lesson #5: Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Picking Island Strum
Lesson #6: Brown Eyed Girl – Mixed Strums
Bonus: How to Strum the Ukulele
For beginner uke players, I recommend a concert (if you are a smaller person) or tenor (for bigger/taller people or former guitar players). Sopranos are often cheaper but can be more difficult to learn on since they’re smaller.
BUDGET STARTER UKES under $100
Kohala concert: (if you spend less than this, the uke might sound like a toy)
NICE STARTER UKES $100- $160
Everyone should have a clip-on tuner – they work by vibration so they’re more accurate than phone apps.
I like this one: Snark SN-2
These gig bags are always out of stock, but I like them best because they have backpack straps and are well-padded.
Gearlux Concert gig bag
If you’re looking for a book of songs, the Daily Ukulele is a great resource for classic and traditional songs, including Beatles and jazz standards. Daily Ukulele
Plenty of chord charts online as well!
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thank you! happy strumming!