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12-13-2012, 06:39 AM
i have come across some great songs on net, after learning more chords, the choice is lots more for me, not many give strum patterns,
would it be fair to say if you use a du-du-du-du, four beats per measure,
or any of the popular strum patterns, it would work with most songs,

Uncle Rod Higuchi
12-13-2012, 07:26 AM
my take on most strum patterns is simply to 'mimic' or try to copy what you're hearing.

I've never learned to read the 'DU' notations, so I just mimic or copy what i think I'm hearing
as a rhythmic beat. Whether or not I'm actually reproducing the rhythm... 'beats' me :)

keep uke'in',

PS go with whatever works for you :)

12-13-2012, 07:37 AM
Some strumming patterns will sound better than others depending on the style. Throw in a chunk once in a while, too.

Uke Whisperer
12-13-2012, 08:55 AM
Of course DU can be a "straight" down up, both with same timing and loudness repeated over and over, OR could be down followed by a fast up, then a pause, OR a fast down, pause, long up, OR accent one or the other OR...... so on. Types are endless..... Also remember that some songs have three beats per measure not just 4 or 2 or 6.... My suggestion is stick with a straight du either 4 or 3 beat, then try a new one or two. Yes, you could always throw-in a chunk once in a while. Here are two Ukulele Mike links that help me start...

12-13-2012, 11:42 AM
thanks for replies very usefull,
to me strumming has seemed a bit of a black art, but as i am listening and taking more notice of what i am listening to it is becoming clearer, i want to get to the point where i can listen to a song and pick up the rhythm,