Percussive ukulele

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Hi guys,

I just purchased my first ukelele and joined the ukulele community. I have been playing guitar for one year and I would like to play percussive ukulele. Do you have any ressources (youtube channels, books, online courses) to learn percussive techniques on ukulele?

Thanks for your help!
 

Ms Bean

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Welcome to UU, Trailer!

I have seen a few different players demonstrate percussive techniques on the uke on YouTube. I remember Daniel Ward, Ukulele Zen, Bernadette teaches Music, James Hill, Aaron Crowell, Andrew from Rock Class 101, etc.

I'm not an expert in percussive techniques myself, but I hope that YouTube will come up with other suggestions for you. Good luck and have fun!
 

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Trailer,
What are you looking for, exactly? There isn't much to it really. You just thump your ukulele. So you can't be asking for a how-to video. What about the process are you curious about?
 

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Thank you Ms Bean and Web_Parror for sharing these valuable ressources.

@ripock: I don't think that it's just about thumping our ukelele to be able to play this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9YLOlUa7ro or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gyxeXW_2T8

I want to discorver some of the percussive possibilities that the ukulele offers. Here is a very nice tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc6FJvgPz2M

Since I like structured learning, I would rather find a course/book/youtuber dedicated to percussive techniques on ukulele rather than random tutorials from many different people.
 

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Looks like a thump to me. However, peace--I'm outta here. See you folks around.
 
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Since I like structured learning, I would rather find a course/book/youtuber dedicated to percussive techniques on ukulele rather than random tutorials from many different people.

They briefly cover the golpe method in Craig and Sarah’s course on ArtistWorks in a structured manner, but it isn’t a whole course dedicated to it - more like how you can use it to further express yourself. But it was a good lesson and a lot of work.

Also, it is - without a doubt - my family’s least favorite thing I’ve ever practiced. They’re totally fine with anything else, but when I start working on rhythmic thumps, whacks, rubs, etc, they all find someplace else to be.
 

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I was watching James Hill do it one day, and he said "That actually hurts". He's right, I do very little of that. Arthritis doesn't help at all...
 

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'round here it's called "spanking da plank"...

I just tried playing a chord (acoustically: sop, ten & bari) and, while letting it ring. rotated my strumming wrist a bit to use my thumb to tap the upper bout and little finger to tap the lower. Also tried a "triplet roll" with the R, M, I fingers, then thumb. Subtle and cool.

Tapping (not whacking) sounds like something I could work in during transitions or fadeouts. Sort of "bongo-ish."

<edit> Tried all of them plugged in, but the under-saddle pickups worked "less-than-steller" :(
 
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Here's THE course: https://www.uketropolis.com/ukulelex

Beyond that you're going to have to forge your own path. That is going to be FAR easier to do with some normal background in the instrument. If I was your teacher, I'd encourage you to just play for a while in a more conventional style and see what you discover.

anathebandah is a crazy cat doing awesome things. I believe she started from scratch and figured out how to make her own sounds. You can tell. It's raw, but really fits her flow. It's not somebody else's thing she's forced into her arrangement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T0t8ToKD70