This week my plan was to focus on strumming, which is exactly what I did. I knew I wanted to get a strong strumming technique down before I learn the many chords (which is my next posts plan). I began by using the Ukulele Hunt website to search up some additional information on strumming. The page I used was called Ukulele Strumming for Dummies, which I found *somewhat* fitting for me. This site had written information for strumming hand positions, where on the ukulele to strum, and multiple videos of strumming patterns.
After gathering as much information about strumming I could off of this website, I moved onto Youtube. The two videos I found most helpful:
- How To Strum the Ukulele // Beginner Ukulele Tutorial
- How to strum a ukulele for beginners - 3 different methods!
The best part about these videos is that these women show multiple ways how to strum and from different angles. If YOU are learning ukulele and trying to figure out the best way for you to strum, check out the first video. It shows how hard you should be strumming and gives exercises to do before.
The three types of strumming I tried were:
- with my thumb
- with my index finger
- with my thumb and index finger pushed together
Explaining how to strum isn't as easy as I thought, so instead here's a video of my (average) strumming.
The last way I showed, with my thumb and index finger pushed together, is now my favourite method and what I am going to be practising throughout my ukulele playing days. Now I really need to focus on relaxing my wrist while strumming to get a more smooth and easy strum.
Through all the research I did, the best advice I received was to strum how you feel comfortable. There are many more ways to strum than I have shown and almost everywhere I found information, encouraged you to do whatever you like the best. I found this advice to be so relevant as forcing myself to strum one way would add on more difficulty, which I do not need. So my advice to you, if you are or ever have the urge to learn how to play ukulele, strum however feels best for you, as long as it works you will be great!
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