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evanL777
07-30-2009, 08:26 AM
I know a few pretty well such as chunk and ghost notes. There so many that i hear when a pro plays and i just wondered what they were.

Ukulele JJ
07-30-2009, 09:17 AM
I like to employ hammer-ons and (sometimes) pull-offs in my strumming.

JJ

thejumpingflea
07-30-2009, 09:20 AM
Three finger fans, triplet strums, five finger rolls, and muting are things I use all the time.

Something really important to REALLY spice up the strumming is to alter where you strum depending on what you want. A five finger roll down by the bridge has a very punchy, percussive sound to it, while a three finger fan up near the twelfth fret will be much softer and warm.

wee_ginga_yin
07-30-2009, 09:31 AM
4th best Ukulele strum in the world (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5NieSmZrrE)

3rd best ukulele strum in the world (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCLHUQQa-Cc)

2nd best ukulele strum in the world (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx10eclYVtU)

best Ukulele strum in the world (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePMTg6q4Cqk)

thomas
07-30-2009, 10:03 AM
Wee ginga, Thanks, those are really nice.
Take care,
Thomas

Pippin
07-30-2009, 11:54 AM
Steven Sproat has a new how-to DVD that is out and we are doing a review in the Issue Seven of Ukulele Player Magazine.

The DVD is being marketed under the "UkeLounge DVD" moniker. It goes from very, very basic strums and finger-picking to advanced triplets, split strums, thumb rolls, fan stroke, and more.

There will be a discount for Ukulele Player Magazine readers that want to buy the DVD.

UkuEroll
07-30-2009, 01:07 PM
Three finger fans, triplet strums, five finger rolls, and muting are things I use all the time.

Something really important to REALLY spice up the strumming is to alter where you strum depending on what you want. A five finger roll down by the bridge has a very punchy, percussive sound to it, while a three finger fan up near the twelfth fret will be much softer and warm.

I'm still waiting for your tutorial on your ten finger strum;)

Pippin
07-30-2009, 01:49 PM
Three finger fans, triplet strums, five finger rolls, and muting are things I use all the time.

Something really important to REALLY spice up the strumming is to alter where you strum depending on what you want. A five finger roll down by the bridge has a very punchy, percussive sound to it, while a three finger fan up near the twelfth fret will be much softer and warm.

And you are very impressive, too. I can't wait to see what the future brings with your playing and development.

thejumpingflea
07-30-2009, 01:52 PM
I'm still waiting for your tutorial on your ten finger strum;)

I learned it from a Jake Shimabukuro Tutorial on his Play Loud Ukulele DVD. I think I'll try making one too and putting it on youtube in the next couple days.


And you are very impressive, too. I can't wait to see what the future brings with your playing and development.

Wow, thank you so much Pippin. That is a huge honor and means a lot to me coming from someone like you.