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UkuleleHill
08-20-2009, 09:12 PM
I can't chunk! I really can't! Can someone please help me with how to even teach myself how to chunk? I have been playin way too long to not know how... I just can't figure it out...

MisoHappy
08-20-2009, 09:47 PM
Of all people!!! Haha, just kidding.

Curl up your fingers a little (like a girl looking at her nails, haha) and put your thumb on the side of that middle part of your finger. And it's as simple as quickly turning your wrist over the strings so that your thumb mutes the strings.

I hope that was easy to understand. If not please tell me what isn't clear :D

ukulele2544
08-20-2009, 09:48 PM
Check this (http://ukuleleunderground.com/2008/08/23/uke-minutes-23-chunking/) out :shaka:

zdiver7
08-20-2009, 10:27 PM
Yes... watch the vid on chunking... it's kind of a wierd feeling going from a normal strum to a chunk, but it just takes practice until you can get the muscle memory on how to do it. I couldn't figure it out either until I went to Aldrine's workshop here in SD... he explained it just like he did in the videos, but for some reason, I guess a little confidence maybe... I was chunking the next day!! Now don't get me wrong, it's not pretty every single time! Sometimes when I chunk I don't quite get the last string muted with my thumb so you hear the A string ring a bit, or I don't mute quite fast enough so you hear a spilt second strum to mute... but hey, I can chunk most of the time now lol...

But like mentioned earlier, it's kind of a strum but with more twist of the wrist, so that way your thumb(or kind of the side of your thumb) can mute all four strings almost simultaneously as the strum.

Watch the video and practice practice practice... I think I made my wife go crazy because all I did one day was make a bunch of noise chunking to try and get it down, lol...

UkuleleHill
08-21-2009, 04:35 AM
I've seen the video but it didn't help initially. But then again.... I only watced it once so I will watch it a few times and try to mimic him while I watch. Maybe I will get it then.

Thanks all!

nic579
08-21-2009, 05:13 PM
get the last string muted with my thumb

Thanks this is was what I was not doing correctly, Thumb not palm. Woo-Hoo I chunking somewhat now.

the.ronin
08-21-2009, 05:36 PM
Is it "chunk" or "chuck"? I've seen it referred to both ways.

ritzer012
08-21-2009, 06:11 PM
Check this (http://ukuleleunderground.com/2008/08/23/uke-minutes-23-chunking/) out :shaka:

i do it differently than the video says...i find it easier to only do the strum with my normal index finger strum and then mute with the side of the thumb...as opposed to strumming with 3 or 4 fingers like aldrine instructs...sounds good to me!

UkuEroll
08-21-2009, 10:59 PM
Once you've chunked you'll never look back,:-)

nic579
08-22-2009, 03:32 AM
Once you've chunked you'll never look back,:-)

Chuck might feel otherwise.

8890
08-22-2009, 04:40 AM
I couldn't either, but now I can... :)

I read about chunking, I watched videos on chunking, I practiced chunking, but could never do it reliably. I went back to just playing songs, and after a while I tried adding some chunks and it worked.

If there's anything to learn from my experience, it's that it may be better to practice something else for a while. Any practice helps ;) When I return to a song I played two months ago, I can play it much better than back when I practiced it every day. And when I happened to play a song with chunks, there it was, as if I already knew it.

MisoHappy
08-22-2009, 07:12 AM
To me it came naturally I guess....
I was just messing around with my ukulele one day and I just did it. I didn't even know what it was called until I came here.

Don't say "dats what she said"

zdiver7
08-24-2009, 08:17 PM
Is it "chunk" or "chuck"? I've seen it referred to both ways.

Lol, at Aldrine's workshop he asked us what names we know this technique as... most people said chunk, some said chuck, and a few said scratch. One guy says he calls it the "slappy slap"... so whatever works I suppose :)

itsme
08-24-2009, 08:39 PM
I learned it on guitar many years ago as a "choke".

Spooner
08-24-2009, 08:39 PM
If I am in chunk-strum mode I usually keep my palm close to the strings. When I want to chunk it's pretty easy to just let my palm rest on the strings since it's not far off of the strings.

It's sort of like a 1-2 punch...strum...rest. Just follow through with the palm rest right after your strum as if your palm was another finger.

That's what works for me. Hope it helps.

I should clarify..when I say palm...it refers to the part of my palm on the pinky side of my hand.

cocohonk
08-25-2009, 12:07 AM
It's a strange thing, chunking. I couldn't do it for months, after watching all the learning videos, and then, suddenly, I could.

Before I learned how to chunk, I usually just 'hit' the four strings with my four fingers curled up almost like a fist (so I hit the strings with kind of like the knuckles/backsides of my fingers/nails) and if I hit hard enough, there is a little sound, and I pretended it's a chunk.

This might not make too much sense, but for me, the breakthrough was realizing I could use the same hitting motion above, except I'd release all my fingers quickly to strum (so, from curled up to straight), while muting on my palm (kind of like a see saw. When I straighten my fingers to strum, the natural movement is that the fingers go up and the palm down) directly after the release. Also important, if you understood all that, is that the release of the fingers and the palm muting is one real quick motion together.

Once that was accomplished, chunking is real fun to do, and it requires little strength compared to what I used in the failed chunks.

Hope this helps!

ukulele2544
08-25-2009, 12:07 AM
i do it differently than the video says...i find it easier to only do the strum with my normal index finger strum and then mute with the side of the thumb...as opposed to strumming with 3 or 4 fingers like aldrine instructs...sounds good to me!
I just tap the strings

PoisonDart
08-25-2009, 05:47 AM
i just flick all my fingers down the strings and in the same motion put my palm on all the strings.

molinee
09-02-2009, 06:19 PM
OK... ONE MORE TIME FOR US SLOW GUYS.... When you Chunk you actually strum all the strings with your finger or fingers... Correct? And just as fast as you can, you try to mute all the strings with what?..... (A) Your thumb (B) The low fatty part of the thumb (C) Something else. Is there one place to chunk on the face that is better than another (soundhole, 12th fret, etc) Does your wrist have to use a rolling/rocking motion when chunking or can you just strum in a straight line up and down? I have watched about nine videos on chunking and I think I can do it until I actually try... :)

salukulady
09-02-2009, 06:35 PM
OK... ONE MORE TIME FOR US SLOW GUYS.... When you Chunk you actually strum all the strings with your finger or fingers... Correct? And just as fast as you can, you try to mute all the strings with what?..... (A) Your thumb (B) The low fatty part of the thumb (C) Something else. Is there one place to chunk on the face that is better than another (soundhole, 12th fret, etc) Does your wrist have to use a rolling/rocking motion when chunking or can you just strum in a straight line up and down? I have watched about nine videos on chunking and I think I can do it until I actually try... :)
I think you use the low fatty part of your thumb. And if you roll, your closer to the strings so muting them might be easier.
This has been very difficult for me to do, I'm still having a very hard time doing it. I seriously think it's rather easy for younger people to learn, I feel it's a little more difficult for us older strummers to master, at least for this particular old dog.
Thanks for asking, Andy, I want to learn and bringing the subject up again, helps remind me to keep trying.

generem
09-02-2009, 07:45 PM
It took me a couple of days to figure it out.. but now I cant seem to stop myself... I sat there and did nothing but chunks till it felt comfortable, then applied it to a simple strum, now its just automatic.

On the vids, it shows how to chunk with the palm but I actually do it with the back of my 4 fingers.. The palm chunk doesnt feel right to me. Maybe make it a topic for the next stickcam session. Hang in there, like everything else.. it will come in time

salukulady
09-02-2009, 07:59 PM
I learned it on guitar many years ago as a "choke".Wow, I'm in your sig line, how cool.

RevWill
09-03-2009, 05:07 AM
having been a guitarist for many, many years prior to rediscovering the uke, I chunk qite a bit but I'm not exactly sure how I do it. And I don't want to slow down and figure out how I do it for fear of messing myself up.

Chunking is a rhythm bit, and rhythm with a stringed instrument is more about feel than technique.

Ahnko Honu
09-03-2009, 07:44 AM
Is it "chunk" or "chuck"? I've seen it referred to both ways.

(Up)Chucking is what you do after ChunKing.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3629/3368184371_e924e0e430.jpg

cocohonk
09-03-2009, 12:55 PM
Hee! That is.....not chinese food. :D

I actually use a bit of both the side of the palm and the side of my thumb (they're both the same side of the hand anyway) when I chunk, combined with a quick flick of the rest of the four fingers on the four strings right before laying your side of the hand to mute them. It's frustrating as heck when you can't chunk, and I've been there for a long time, but take what you can from what everyone wrote here, watch the videos, don't get discouraged, just keep trying just a bit every now and then, and you'll get it one day.

I think chunking is one of those things that one could probably learn faster if there's someone right next to them teaching them to do it rather than reading a description or even watching a video of it. So, if you know anyone who plays (or even guitar players, since I'm guessing the technique is similar), might be a good idea to ask them to teach you.

cornfedgroove
09-04-2009, 03:46 AM
guitar is choke or mute
ukulele is chunk or chuck
banjo is cluck

roughly speaking

Doktai
09-04-2009, 07:35 PM
A really good way to practice is by forming any chord and playing a pattern like this:

C C X X C C X X C C X X
(C for chord, X for chunk)

Sure, it's simple, but I find that it really helps me get the hang of chunking, especially for songs that need transitions like that :)

mrplatypus70
09-04-2009, 08:30 PM
You can also get a slightly different percusive sound if you play a chord where there is a finger on each string (like a Bb or any bar chord up the neck) and release the presure with your fretting hand fingers to mute the strings and strum the muted strings with the right hand as you normally would. You can also do this with chords using open strings but you have to sort of flatten out your fingers so the normally open strings do not ring out. I do not know how to describe it but there is a different sound left hand or right hand muting. Also try moving a chord shape up the neck, muting it up higher on the neck gives a sharper sound.

mrplatypus70
09-04-2009, 08:39 PM
Here is a good example of what I am talking about on guitar. Watch Jack Johnson play, he uses a lot of bar chords and the chunk he gets is by taking the pressure off the strings so the notes are not fretted but keeping the chord shape in place with light pressure to deaden the strings.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPXU33iquDE

Ser-T-Fide
09-05-2009, 02:04 AM
I actually don't use all 4 fingers, but just my index and then mute the strings with my palms. whatever works for you.

UkuleleHill
09-24-2009, 03:38 PM
Wow more videos to check out! I will check them out once I am home...