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Flip27
06-15-2013, 08:22 PM
Hey guys, how do you chuck? what's the easiest way?

RedViolin
06-15-2013, 08:31 PM
When down strumming, use your palm to mute all the strings and that should create the chucking sound.

Newportlocal
06-15-2013, 09:32 PM
http://ukuleleunderground.com/2012/04/uke-minutes-154-how-to-chunk-on-the-ukulele/

Wicked
06-16-2013, 09:54 AM
Why do we insist on calling it chunking? When did that become a thing?

Ambient Doughnut
06-16-2013, 10:37 AM
I agree I've been calling it damping on the guitar for years but in the ukulele world it chunking. Silly...

Lime
06-16-2013, 11:42 AM
Is it "chucking" or "chunking"? Can it also be called damping when it's on a ukulele, or is that wrong? I typed in "ukulele chunking etymology" into Google and nothing came up (just this thread, actually), so maybe someone who knows better can tell us why it's called that.

andare
06-16-2013, 11:59 AM
The technique associated with chunking is not very common on the guitar, just like strumming patterns. Most guitarists dampen the strings by releasing the fretting hand. They also strum quite casually on the guitar but on the ukulele, somehow, strumming is very structured. I guess it's because with less strings and smaller frets the right hand gains prominence.
I learned with the video Newportlocal linked.

When did the index finger become the pointer finger btw? Is that a Hawaiian thing?

Spud1$
06-16-2013, 12:19 PM
The technique associated with chunking is not very common on the guitar, just like strumming patterns. Most guitarists dampen the strings by releasing the fretting hand. They also strum quite casually on the guitar but on the ukulele, somehow, strumming is very structured. I guess it's because with less strings and smaller frets the right hand gains prominence.
I learned with the video Newportlocal linked.

When did the index finger become the pointer finger btw? Is that a Hawaiian thing?

I think the pointer finger is a kindergarten thing!! That's where I learned it!

Shastastan
06-16-2013, 12:34 PM
The technique associated with chunking is not very common on the guitar, just like strumming patterns. Most guitarists dampen the strings by releasing the fretting hand. They also strum quite casually on the guitar but on the ukulele, somehow, strumming is very structured. I guess it's because with less strings and smaller frets the right hand gains prominence.
I learned with the video Newportlocal linked.

When did the index finger become the pointer finger btw? Is that a Hawaiian thing?

Did you ever see the poster of Uncle Sam pointing at you with the caption, "I want you." He's using his index finger. However, I don't hear people referring to it as their "pointer finger".

Lime
06-16-2013, 12:38 PM
I think the pointer finger is a kindergarten thing!! That's where I learned it!
I would say index finger is correct and pointer finger is a slang term.

Markr1
06-16-2013, 12:49 PM
When playing guitar I've always heard the term muting or palm muting. I never heard the term chunking till I heard it here.

Wicked
06-17-2013, 02:21 AM
The technique associated with chunking is not very common on the guitar, just like strumming patterns. Most guitarists dampen the strings by releasing the fretting hand. They also strum quite casually on the guitar but on the ukulele, somehow, strumming is very structured. I guess it's because with less strings and smaller frets the right hand gains prominence.
I learned with the video Newportlocal linked.

When did the index finger become the pointer finger btw? Is that a Hawaiian thing?

Oh.... Don't get me started on the "Strum Pattern Fetish."

river_driver
06-17-2013, 07:01 AM
Hey guys, how do you chuck? what's the easiest way?
First I drink waaaay too much. The rest comes naturally.



When playing guitar I've always heard the term muting or palm muting. I never heard the term chunking till I heard it here.
I had always heard songs in the style of Johnny Cash referred to (by guitar players) as "boom-chuckers" based on the rhythm pattern. But the playing technique was called palm muting. If you're playing barre chords you can mute effectively with the fretting hand, but you can mute anything with the plam of your strumming hand.. It's just strum-palm-release, all in one fluid motion. Practice "Folsom Prison Blues", you'll get the hang of it soon enough.

Sparkle
06-17-2013, 07:12 AM
First I drink waaaay too much. The rest comes naturally.

When I read chuck, I immediately hoped they had a plastic ukulele. I wouldn't want that near any wood.

Steedy
06-17-2013, 09:39 AM
When done with an upward strumming motion, is it called "up-chucking"? :cool:

pootsie
06-17-2013, 10:03 AM
Well, now that we got all the jokes out of the way ...

When I was but a wee beginner over a year ago, I was struggling with chunking until I watched this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOBXx_u3ukE

By the end of the vid I kinda got it. Not long after it was super-easy.

Thanks, Stu, for making it so easy!

My 2 cents: "Chunking" is onomatopoeic. I had to look up how to spell that.

Wicked
06-17-2013, 10:20 AM
Well, now that we got all the jokes out of the way ...

And why, pray tell, do you believe that all of the jokes are out of the way?


I understand why "chunking" is an appropriate descriptor... but I'm pretty sure that we went at least a century of using the technique before somebody decided it needed a new name.

Actually, I'm sure that the technique has probably been used since the days of the lute... but only ukulele players seem to call it chunking. It just seems unnecessary.

...but, hey... Everybody is free to call it whatever they chose.... Myself, I shall name the technique "Steve."

Markr1
06-17-2013, 04:55 PM
That was a really good video and easy for me to do even if he does call it chunking regardless of what the true term is. I also tried it with my index finger rather then the middle and ringers and that worked to.
Thanks for posting it Pootsie!
Well, now that we got all the jokes out of the way ...

When I was but a wee beginner over a year ago, I was struggling with chunking until I watched this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOBXx_u3ukE

By the end of the vid I kinda got it. Not long after it was super-easy.

Thanks, Stu, for making it so easy!

My 2 cents: "Chunking" is onomatopoeic. I had to look up how to spell that.

Rick Turner
06-17-2013, 06:35 PM
Pointer finger down throat, and you will (up) chuck.

Roselynne
06-18-2013, 12:38 AM
The technique associated with chunking is not very common on the guitar, just like strumming patterns. Most guitarists dampen the strings by releasing the fretting hand. They also strum quite casually on the guitar but on the ukulele, somehow, strumming is very structured. I guess it's because with less strings and smaller frets the right hand gains prominence.
I learned with the video Newportlocal linked.

When did the index finger become the pointer finger btw? Is that a Hawaiian thing?

Hmmm. I'm ... errrr ... fretting over guitar strum patterns right now. For rhythm work, or for pieces that require a certain rhythm and texture, the right strum pattern is just as important (and frustrating) on guitar as on ukulele.

The Good News is, I have yet to find a strum that doesn't sound good on both instruments ... once I get 'em down, that is. 'Til then, I'm real good at making 'em sound equally bad on anything.

Chunking, on the other hand, isn't all that common on guitar. Still, I've heard it in Caribbean and African guitar music, and the occasional Americana or European-style folk song.