Ukulele players, especially those in ukulele groups, everywhere have used ‘The Daily Ukulele’ book – both YELLOW and the BLUE sequel. We excitedly anticipate the third PURPLE edition. (Commissions Earned)
I can’t remember where I saw it but someone shared a SPOTIFY Playlist of all the songs in the ‘Daily Ukulele Yellow Book’- https://spoti.fi/3s0XBw5
Years ago I created an Index to the same book that lists keys of each song PLUS:
You can type in a question, ask for an essay on ____ or something similar. The results are quite amazing.
I asked it two questions on strumming a ukulele.
– How do you strum a ukulele
– What are some ukulele strum patterns?
Here are the results…
how do you strum a ukulele
To strum a ukulele, hold the ukulele in a way that is comfortable for you. Place your strumming hand on the strings near the sound hole. Use your thumb or fingers to pluck the strings in a downward motion, moving your hand from the top of the strings to the bottom. This is called a downstrum. You can also pluck the strings in an upward motion, moving your hand from the bottom of the strings to the top. This is called an upstrum. Experiment with different strumming patterns to create different sounds.
What are some ukulele strum patterns?
There are many different strumming patterns that you can use on a ukulele. Some common strumming patterns include: Down, down, down, down (also known as “four on the floor”) Down, down, up, down (also known as “three on the floor, one on top”) Down, up, down, up (also known as “two on the floor, two on top”) Up, down, up, down (also known as “two on the bottom, two on top”) To create more complex strumming patterns, you can combine these basic patterns or add in additional strums. For example, you might try: Down, up, down, up, down, down (also known as “the heartbeat”) Down, up, down, up, down, up (also known as “the train”) You can also try incorporating different rhythms and accents into your strumming patterns to create even more interesting sounds. The important thing is to experiment and find what works best for you.
Strumming chords and singing is fun but I find that I have the most fun by playing the ukulele as a pianist or an organist would – by playing the notes of the melodies along with the chords. It isn’t near as hard as it sounds. It starts with learning the notes of the fingerboard., This video created by Phil Doleman is great for learning those notes! Give it a try!
Have you seen the series of ukulele books from Hal Leonard called, ‘Strum Together’? The ‘Together’ part is cool – each song has the chords for the following:
They are intended for casual jams with friends who play other instruments. Since the purpose of them is to allow people with different instruments who may not have played together the arrangements are not difficult.
They are also great for ukulele classes since they give both the standard ukulele chords and the baritone chords.
The music is on the right side page and the chords are on the left side