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UKESTAR
03-07-2008, 07:25 PM
I am trying to figure out what IZ did for a strum pattern. It seems simple enough...just can't get it to sound like his song that is so perfect.

Anyone know what I need to do strumming??:eek:

NukeDOC
03-07-2008, 09:45 PM
its just a down up down up strum. but you stress on the second down. the timing should have a small pause after the first down, making the first up come right before the second down. so maybe its more like... down updown up.

davoomac
03-08-2008, 12:02 AM
When I play it, I just do up, down, up.

You'll notice at the beginning of the song especially he picks the low G string then goes down, up,..up, down, up. Thats what I am hearing, and playing it that way makes it sound pretty much like the way he does it, of course i don't think anyone can ever really do it just like IZ did.

NordicUke
03-08-2008, 03:53 AM
Aldrine has a tut'video of over the rainbow at www.iamhawaii.com. I think that one is pretty accurate, at least of 'over the rainbow' part :)

UKESTAR
03-08-2008, 11:11 AM
Aldrine has a tut'video of over the rainbow at www.iamhawaii.com. I think that one is pretty accurate, at least of 'over the rainbow' part :)

Hmm...thanks..but I could not find that one for some reason??:confused:

UKESTAR
03-08-2008, 11:12 AM
its just a down up down up strum. but you stress on the second down. the timing should have a small pause after the first down, making the first up come right before the second down. so maybe its more like... down updown up.

Muchas Garcias!

UKESTAR
03-08-2008, 11:15 AM
When I play it, I just do up, down, up.

You'll notice at the beginning of the song especially he picks the low G string then goes down, up,..up, down, up. Thats what I am hearing, and playing it that way makes it sound pretty much like the way he does it, of course i don't think anyone can ever really do it just like IZ did.

True...nobody will ever replicate IZ...just want to be close out of respect to him...don't want to slaughter such a great piece of uke history...

Thanks davooooooooooooo

NordicUke
03-13-2008, 03:04 PM
Here's a direct link to the vid :) http://www.iamhawaii.com/videos/showvideo?vidtoken=jsdiwue09_239sdfjikjsidf

howmanyds
09-13-2012, 06:22 PM
4 and a half year old thread -- broken link -- bummer. :(



Here's a direct link to the vid :) http://www.iamhawaii.com/videos/showvideo?vidtoken=jsdiwue09_239sdfjikjsidf

TG&Y
09-14-2012, 02:08 AM
Although he says at the beginning that he's doing it a little different than IZ did, here's Mike's take on a strum for the song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MQcfsaJiG8

PedalFreak
09-14-2012, 06:09 AM
I've always heard the song (and played it). Down, Down, Up, Down, Up Down, repeat. As Mike says in his youtube video, you'll find you will go between that strum and a standard down, up, down, up. But with a little lag to it at times, and accent certain beats.

gyosh
09-14-2012, 06:18 AM
Someone once told me "jus press da strings en strum wit' da heart"

I know that doesn't actually help you, but it brings back a really good memory.

pootsie
09-14-2012, 07:29 AM
Someone once told me "jus press da strings en strum wit' da heart"

I like that

mm stan
09-14-2012, 12:25 PM
Aloha Ukestar,
I think this is what you may be lookin' for.....Happy Strummings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35xvWUXfQTw&playnext=1&list=PL49A146FE654027C2&feature=results_video

Nickie
09-14-2012, 05:17 PM
CAn't do the Iz strum, so I made up my own... I tried chucnking in it but didn't like it.

HoldinCoffee
09-14-2012, 05:42 PM
Hmm...thanks..but I could not find that one for some reason??:confused:

This is the mediafire link for the avi file... http://www.mediafire.com/?hmijb3tmmkh

clarkew47
01-05-2014, 04:09 PM
I am trying to figure out what IZ did for a strum pattern. It seems simple enough...just can't get it to sound like his song that is so perfect.

Anyone know what I need to do strumming??:eek:

What I've found to be the most like IZ's version is plucking the G string and then strumming du ud
However, this only works if you have a low g string on your uke. If you don't then there's a way around this:

for each of the following chords, pluck this string right before the strumming pattern:
C & F chords, pluck E string
Em, Am, & G chords, pluck C string

Hopefully this helps!

Squintz
08-25-2014, 09:16 AM
I know this is a pretty old thread, but i figured i'd add to the discussion. I've been working on getting as close as i can to what IZ does on this song for a couple years now and I think part of it is just how strings were made back then. I'm not an expert on strings or anything, but he probably had the real gut joints. That's why he was able to let the G string ring out without TOO much sustain. If you're gentle with the ghost notes on the G string, and you only hit the bottom 3 strings with your pinky mutes it sounds pretty close. You get that extra percussive stuff he has going on behind the groove that way. If anyone figures out all those clever little arrpegios you hear when you zone out to this song I'd love to know how that's done. I refuse to allow myself to believe he over dubbed them LOL! Even if that's true I'll go on pretending it's not.

Seanamon
08-27-2014, 04:13 PM
I teach this song to a girl that is learning the ukulele from me, and while I have no formal training, I use my ears, and I do not have a low G uke, so to get close to what I hear on the song, I've come up with:

Down-upX DownX (change chord) Down-upX DownX etc. (where X, is the chunk or mute).

What I'm doing is chunking or muting the "up" at the end and pausing and then finishing with a down and a mute at the end. The strings ring through the stroke until its finished, then, rather than let rig, I "chocke" the chord.

I wrote the notation close together to show these are played as almost 2 "units" Down upx is played quickly with a small pause until the next DownX.

The upX means that at the top of the up you mute or chunk/choke that strum rather than sustain it.

Best,

Sean