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Rosspeterson1993
03-08-2011, 06:59 PM
just started to play the uke and want to learn island in the sun but i can figure out how to chunk. I guess i cant get the right sound. Any suggestions???

Ken Middleton
03-08-2011, 09:19 PM
My suggestion would be to learn to play it straight first. Get everything else right. If you really want to "chunk", learn how to do it separately. But remember, it is a very, very overdone technique. It can sound silly if it is not done well and I'm afraid it is too often done badly. Many people use it too much too.

In the hands of a really brilliant player, like Aldrine for instance, it can sound magical. Done precisely it can enhance your playing.

Many players never use this technique at all. Others only use it when the piece calls for it. Learn how to do it well, but don't be tempted to use it in every song.

itsme
03-08-2011, 09:35 PM
Good advice, Ken.

My take on chunking is to use a flick of the wrist outward where the padded part below your thumb hits the strings. That's the best way I can describe it.

docryf
03-08-2011, 11:01 PM
Also, make sure that the ends of the strings are tucked in and out of the way at the bridge otherwise you may jab the heel of your hand on it and the resulting twitch can be quite off-putting when it happens mid-performance:o

JoshFromTallGrassUkes
03-09-2011, 09:49 AM
Here's my take on it. Watch a few different tutorials to find the one that makes the most sense to you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7alXiXXK54w

Rosspeterson1993
03-09-2011, 06:14 PM
so if a song calls for a chunk should i just do an up/ down strum instead??

itsme
03-09-2011, 08:11 PM
so if a song calls for a chunk should i just do an up/ down strum instead??
A chunk is just part of a style. There are no set requirements. Strum however you like, chunk or don't chunk.

PhilUSAFRet
03-10-2011, 02:31 AM
Great demo Josh, thanks

DAPuke
03-10-2011, 07:10 AM
so if a song calls for a chunk should i just do an up/ down strum instead??Do what you can do for now. As you progress as a player your playing will change/improve. Practice the chunk and apply it as your ability allows.
Don

JoshFromTallGrassUkes
03-10-2011, 07:21 AM
Great demo Josh, thanks

Thank you Phil!

ukulelecowboy
03-10-2011, 11:21 AM
My suggestion would be to learn to play it straight first. Get everything else right. If you really want to "chunk", learn how to do it separately. But remember, it is a very, very overdone technique. It can sound silly if it is not done well and I'm afraid it is too often done badly. Many people use it too much too.

In the hands of a really brilliant player, like Aldrine for instance, it can sound magical. Done precisely it can enhance your playing.

Many players never use this technique at all. Others only use it when the piece calls for it. Learn how to do it well, but don't be tempted to use it in every song.

Ken makes an excellent point. As with any flourish (fan stroke, split, triplet, etc.) or percussive playing technique (chunking, wah, etc.) they purity of the song is always at stake. These techniques can destroy a performance as deftly as enhancing one. I would also be mindful if you are accompanying a vocalist as many of these techniques can be downright distracting if they "pop" up in an inappropriate place in the song.