ChatGPT sums up ‘How to Strum a Ukulele’

(‘An AI chatbot went viral. Some say it’s better than Google; others worry it’s problematic.’ NBC News)

My son introduced his old man to ‘ChatGPT’ (AI or Artificial Intelligence) –

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.

Pretty good, huh??

2019 – the year to play Serene & Keen!

Maybe you got a uke for the first time for Christmas OR maybe you have had one for awhile but are discouraged at where you are.

Here are a couple of YouTube videos that may encourage…

For the brand new player…You WILL get better – look at what can be done in only a year!

For those of you that have been struggled…Don’t despair…Don’t give up! YOU CAN DO IT! Stick with it!

YOU CAN Play the uke! Do it in 2019!

Getting Started Playing Ukulele with Kala

Kala Ukuleles

Kala Brand Music Co. offers a great line of ukuleles for every age and skill level from the Makala models which feature bright colors and either a dolphin or shark shaped bridge to the Kala Elite USA which are handmade in AMERICA ukes.

Did you know that they offer tools for getting started playing the ukulele via their Website and their APPS. Click here to get started – enter your email to register for ‘Learn to Play‘ resources.

Resources include:

  • Parts of the Ukulele
  • Videos on tuning, holding and playing the ukulele
  • and Videos on playing chords, playing styles/techniques, and learning songs

While you are there check out there APPS,


Whether in the studio or on the go, quickly tune your favorite Kala instrument with the free Kala Chromatic Tuner app!


Learn to play your favorite songs with the karaoke-style app, Ukeoke! Easy chords, lyrics and more for over 1500+ hit songs!