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    I will answer because I'm still up and just tried that. I can kinda do what I think I see you're doing there and it looks like what I understand as a triplet (at least a variant), which is down stroke with index, up with back of thumb and down again with index, but I need to have a couple sips of a good rum to do it even close to that fast and of course it doesn't sound nearly as good.

    Nice.

    So I'm interested in the answer too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teek View Post
    I will answer because I'm still up and just tried that. I can kinda do what I think I see you're doing there and it looks like what I understand as a triplet (at least a variant), which is down stroke with index, up with back of thumb and down again with index, but I need to have a couple sips of a good rum to do it even close to that fast and of course it doesn't sound nearly as good.

    Nice.

    So I'm interested in the answer too.
    Thanks Teek

    Well it's more of a :
    Down strum (Middle and ring finger)
    Down strum (Thumb)
    Up strum (Thumb)

    Or something similar. Haha!
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    Looks fine, seems you're trying too much to roll with it but that's your call. I just use it whilst strumming to spice things up. People like it when the sound coming from an instrument doesn't match the hand movement.
    Practice a bit more going slowly, get that tight.

    And Teek..
    what I understand as a triplet (at least a variant), which is down stroke with index, up with back of thumb and down again with index
    I understand it to be down stroke with index, down stroke with thumb, up with Thumb+Index (after the DOWN-stroke with the thumb you connect index and thumb together for a more controlled upstroke).
    Do this whilst muting the strings with your left hand and count out 1 2 3, 1 2 3, 1 2 3, etc. as you strum. Index, thumb, both.
    When I'm strumming faster my hand works in a circular motion with my first stroke moving towards the neck and my third stroke moving towards the bridge.
    Give it a shot.

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    It looks pretty good, but it seems a lot more natural when you do it faster. Its hard to figure out where to work them into a piece, because it gets kind of tiresome if that's ALL you're doing in a song! Keep at it. I'm still a long way from getting mine down, but it's coming along. Like MiiNii said above, people love it when the sound doesn't match the movement. Check out this guy's video for a great example (several, actually) of that phenomenon. This is the sort of playing I would love to be able to pull off! He's featured in one of the short films on the "Mighty Uke" dvd also. His name is Steven Sproat.
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    Hmmm, that looks almost more like you're going for a tremolo or maybe a fan strum. Typically triplets are used kind of sparingly. The "best" way to do a triplet probably varies with the basic strumming you're doing and where the triplet falls within it. Most of the time, where I'm putting the triplet on one down beat through to the next, I find that strumming down, up, up works best for me and leaves me in position to do the down strum on the next beat.

    Ken Middleton mentioned something here in a response to me a few weeks ago that helped me enormously - he said something to the effect that "you don't need to catch every string on the extra strum, sometimes even one string is enough." Even though I usually catch all of the strings with my down-up-up triplet I realized that he's right, the middle strum, especially, can be just a "ghost" of the other strums and you still get the same effect. That really helps with triplets when you're already strumming near the speed of light.

    Okay, now I see the Sproat video and realize what you were going for. You'll notice Steven doesn't do those continuously. When you do, you lose the triplet feel and it just sounds like fast strumming.

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    George Formby also teaches his own techniques, in the kitchen! Check out the split stroke & triplet techniques @

    And also.. is a good example of how they can be put into your playing

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    Hmmm, that looks almost more like you're going for a tremolo or maybe a fan strum.
    That is what I see also. That type of tremolo is much easier to do with just the index finger.
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    Actually guys, i was going for something like this.
    http://ukuleledisco.com/jakestrum
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexxy View Post
    Actually guys, i was going for something like this.
    http://ukuleledisco.com/jakestrum
    I'm still hearing it as more of a tremolo effect, even when Jake does it. I also think it's easier to do those tremolo things just with my index finger, but I've never tried inserting it into a chord progression the way Jake is in this video. I guess in that context, it might be easier to do it the way he is.
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