I love messing around with funk rhythm on ukulele, I treat it really loosely and probably almost never play the same rhythm twice. It’s great to experiment with and it should do wonders for other areas of your playing when you get to grips with the basics.
I’ve been digging around a lot lately looking at ways to improve my strumming and going beyond just playing different patterns. I think the ukulele really sings when you go beyond regular strumming and start adding some of it’s unique approaches to playing. Here’s some videos on more advanced strumming techniques that I’ve found on my travels…
Over the past few months I’ve been making a few video tutorials of simple songs for beginners to have a go at. I’ve talked in the past about struggling to get decent sound quality without spending a lot of money on cameras and mics. Here’s what I’ve learned so far…
Here we go with a little music theory (not too much though). Take a look at the circle of fifths below, yeah it looks complicated and in truth, it can be a little bit – but we’re going to take a really basic look at it today and it won’t be scary.
I was watching some harmonica lessons a few weeks back and one those lessons was to restrict your improvisation to a single hole which gives you just 2 notes to play with. It’s a real challenge to try and play something interesting with just 2 notes and it makes you focus more on other things like timing and dynamics/volume. Without a doubt it improves you as a player, so I wondered how that might be adapted to ukulele.
You should really take the time to get to know your ukulele, otherwise when you hear someone mention the nut or the saddle you’re not going to have a clue what they’re talking about and you might end up looking the fool.
Fingerpicking can be a little bit daunting if you’re only used to strumming chords on your ukulele. Here’s my approach to get you started with ukulele fingerpicking the simple way. You’ll be up and running in no time. It’s easy when you know how…
Do you ever get to that point where you’ve been playing through the first part of a song and then suddenly you hit a sticking point? Your timing has been bang on but you just can’t make the next chord change in time. It happens to everyone. Here’s the quickest way to fix that problem… Continue reading
If you really want to develop your ukulele skills as quickly as possible then it’s important to get yourself a practice schedule sorted out as soon as you possibly can. Check out my daily 20 minute practice schedule to get you improving quickly.
You won’t get very far on the ukulele without being able to chuck with your strumming hand. It’s actually pretty easy to do but takes a bit of practice to get right. Continue reading