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ockapus
05-06-2013, 04:45 AM
hey all,

I usually just play with all down-strokes, because when I try and alternate up and down, the up-strokes sound really harsh and scratchy, and occasionally I do an up-stroke too hard and it makes a really loud unpleasant twang.

Is it just a matter of training yourself to go gently on the up-strokes? It doesn't seem to matter if you belt it on the down-strokes

cheers!
ockapus

addicted2myuke
05-06-2013, 05:25 AM
Oh dear, you must do up strokes too. When you down stroke you should be using your fingernail, and the up stroke should be played using the pad of the finger. Usually the downstroke is louder and the upstroke should be softer to get a more varied sound. Your best bet is to check out some videos on youtube. There are actually many videos on strumming. Don't be afraid to make some noise (if you can) with your strumming. Practice makes permanance. good luck.

vanflynn
05-06-2013, 05:56 AM
Here's a couple of good vids

http://ukuleleunderground.com/lessons/strumming-dynamics-ukulele/

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-strum-a-ukulele.html

Both sites have bunches of good vids

Newportlocal
05-06-2013, 06:16 AM
Here is a uke minutes that should help you.
http://ukuleleunderground.com/lessons/how-to-strum-your-ukulele/

ockapus
05-06-2013, 07:14 AM
thanks I will check out those vids!