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ROUGHRIDER13
05-26-2013, 11:03 AM
Just got my uke yesterday.

The chords are all pretty easy, but I'm having difficulty figuring out the strumming patterns (which direction to strum and the rhythm to which I strum). Am I supposed to go on YouTube and figure it out or am I missing something?

Nickie
05-26-2013, 01:04 PM
First, if this is your first stab at playing a stringed isntrument, don't expect to learn it all overnight. There are lots of better qualified people here to help you, but for now I suggest just leanring good timing and rythym with the up-down-up-down strum. Then you'll be able to customize y9our strum patterns to each song you play and sing.

Tele295
05-26-2013, 01:27 PM
Aldrine has some good rhythm patterns in his Ukulele Minute videos on the main UU page

connor013
05-26-2013, 02:42 PM
Aldrine has some good rhythm patterns in his Ukulele Minute videos on the main UU page

Good advice, but for me, it was patience, patience, patience -- combined with practice, practice, practice.

Here's the thing: you work at it for a few weeks (or a few months!) and all of sudden you realize you're a much better player and a much better listener. It's an awesome feeling.

Keep at it!

ROUGHRIDER13
05-26-2013, 03:01 PM
Hm. I've been playing cello for 4 years. Guess that says something about my lack of musical inclination....

AirCanuck
05-26-2013, 03:11 PM
I really had to stick to "down up down up down up down up" until I had a 4 or 5 chords nailed with their transitions.

After that, put on the song you're looking for, mute the strings with your left hand and try to feel out a natural rhythm

wallyboy
05-27-2013, 05:24 AM
when i started i went with dddd, to get the hang of bars, then dduudu, now i seem to settle on ddu ddu, give yourself a bit of time and you will settle on pattern that suits you, when you have add strums as song dictates,

ROUGHRIDER13
05-27-2013, 09:19 AM
when i started i went with dddd, to get the hang of bars, then dduudu, now i seem to settle on ddu ddu, give yourself a bit of time and you will settle on pattern that suits you, when you have add strums as song dictates,

So it's at my own discretion?

wallyboy
05-27-2013, 09:58 AM
So it's at my own discretion?

yes, really you can make up any strum you like if it suits you and song,

if you keep an eye on seasons in uu contests you will see lots of different styles of strum and pick,