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Thread: The blues got me out of the doldrums

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    New Hampshire

    Default The blues got me out of the doldrums

    I’ve been learning for about two years. I love to strum and sing but I’m not much on fingerpicking. My singing is pretty good but my strumming is , er, well, I thought it was decent till I recorded myself, and then I was horrified. Although I’ve been making a steady kind of progress, I felt a little bit stale in my approach. Recently a couple of new ideas made a revolution in my playing.

    The first was Danno Sullivan’s “Strum like a Drummer” video which I caught on one of his “Free Friday” lessons a couple months back. I’m not sure how much better my strumming is but I’m having a hell of a lot more fun with it.

    The second was a few weeks ago when my teacher taught me the blues scale on the uke. It was galvanizing! I love how the notes are all close together and the same pattern just moves up and down the neck for different keys. It’s great finger exercise – stay in the pattern and every finger gets a chance. I never considered myself a blues fan at all (just because of unfamiliarity) but when I found out how fun and comparatively easy it was, I began to enjoy blues improvisation. My cable TV setup gets music channels, and if I select the Blues channel, I can find myself improvising with the likes of BB King and Muddy Waters. All I have to do is find a couple of notes in the key being played, and then the pattern shows me the rest of the key. It’s doing wonders for my technique beyond strumming.

    So I just wanted to say, I had no clue about playing blues but now I totally love it!! I thought I would recommend it especially to those who’ve never thought about it.

    I don’t have a link because it was from a live lesson, but I bet you can easily find online instructions for the blues scale on the uke.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Florida Space Coast


    Glad you are getting in the groove. I figured out early on to get some strumming patterns from not only the drummer, but in some cases, the bass player as well. I think blues is great. Lots of blues lessons on youtube as well as blues lessons on DVD and CD with books. A thread on the subject just started a day or so ago. You likely already saw it, but just in case, here it is:

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2015


    Blues are the best , five note patterns and countless variations. Music's panacea for what ails you.
    Fast ,minor,major , slow....gottsta lurve dem blues.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2015


    yeah we are big blues uke fans in my house. Even my six year old little girl can rip out some improv. Keep at it.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2013


    I'm not a fan of the blues. However, if you are, that's whats important, lol... It's awesome that you found a niche that appeals to you. Now, get yer *** down to the crossroads and start posting amazing vids on SotU!

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