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Billy21
10-06-2011, 03:16 PM
I'm trying to learn this song and I was wondering how the girl in the video makes the sound at 0:38? The strumming is faster and there's like "Chunking" or something? Is that correct? I'm not understanding how she's strumming.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOONdI7A06U


Another version : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESEavEDfvhY&feature=related
It's a bit different but still similar. The strumming pattern picks up but I'm not sure how they do it. I'm just a mess.

Bao
10-06-2011, 03:28 PM
yeah i believe you are correct about the chunking
It's 'strum, strum, chunk' and just repeated. Not sure if it changes, i just looked at 5 seconds after 0:38

Chunking is where you let your fretting hand stay intouch with the strings but don't actually press down onto the fretboard, while your hand is on there, you strum to get the chunking sound.

PhilUSAFRet
10-06-2011, 03:51 PM
Lot's of chunking demos/lessons

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&cp=16&gs_id=18&xhr=t&q=uke+how+to+chunk&pf=p&sclient=psy&biw=792&bih=356&source=hp&pbx=1&oq=uke+how+to+chunk&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=4d6e890e439edf87

vanflynn
10-06-2011, 04:13 PM
Billy21, a great quick source for allot of stuff like that is UU's ukulele minutes vids. Go back to the first and work you way up. The earlier ones address different techniques. Enjoy!

Billy21
10-13-2011, 04:09 PM
It's been about a week and I've been practicing on my free time but I still can't get the fast strumming part down. I've tried down, up, chunk but and all but no matter how I do it it just sounds sloppy. Is practicing all I can do?

Trinimon
10-13-2011, 06:04 PM
What's worked for me may not be right so take with a grain of salt. Start off at a pace you can accurately play the strum pattern. Once you're comfortable with it and feel you don't need to "think" about the strumming pattern, increase the speed a little bit, not a lot. If that works, increase it again until you get to a point where you're starting to fail. Back off the speed to where you were just before your strumming started to mess up and practice at that pace for a bit and test yourself by going a little faster and see if you still begin to mess up the strum. Sometimes it may take an hour or so, maybe a few days, weeks or maybe month(s) to get it perfect as you try to build muscle memory and technique so it becomes second nature. Practice, practice, practice as old as that sounds. Good luck and keep at it!

jinny
10-13-2011, 10:14 PM
all this talk about "chunking"

but i don't think either of the two videos have any chunking in them.

looks like just plain old regular strumming... some of the individual strums are accented by strumming a bit faster and/or harder.


I'm trying to learn this song and I was wondering how the girl in the video makes the sound at 0:38? The strumming is faster and there's like "Chunking" or something? Is that correct? I'm not understanding how she's strumming.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOONdI7A06U


Another version : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESEavEDfvhY&feature=related
It's a bit different but still similar. The strumming pattern picks up but I'm not sure how they do it. I'm just a mess.


the second video is definitely not chunking... looks like she's using a pick... i just tried... chunking is tough to do with a pick in hand.


edit: just looked at the first vid again... and she's using a pick too.
edit again: okay... maybe the second vid is not using a pick... fingers are in pick holding position, but when she starts, it doesn't look like she's got anything there.


yeah i believe you are correct about the chunking
It's 'strum, strum, chunk' and just repeated. Not sure if it changes, i just looked at 5 seconds after 0:38

Chunking is where you let your fretting hand stay intouch with the strings but don't actually press down onto the fretboard, while your hand is on there, you strum to get the chunking sound.

while it is also a useful thing to learn, what is being described here by user Bao is actually called "muting"
and i don't think that's happening in the video either... i dont see her lifting her fingers and/or placing a muting finger on the strings to get the muted strum.



i dont say any of this to be contrary...

the sound you want is just a matter of practice. keep trying different patterns and listen to how differences change the sound. then keep practicing. then practice some more.

remember to have fun. and practice.

did i mention practice?

mm stan
10-14-2011, 07:09 AM
[QUOTE=Billy21;778771]I'm trying to learn this song and I was wondering how the girl in the video makes the sound at 0:38? The strumming is faster and there's like "Chunking" or something? Is that correct? I'm not understanding how she's strumming.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOONdI7A06U

It's called a syncopated strum where it's not an even up and down stroke.....here watch this and you can learn..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_dIPS9R8kU Good Luck, happy strummings. http://www.kiwiukulele.co.nz/strums.html