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← Ukulele Lesson 4 - Uke Shuffle Strumming (UK-004)

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Showing Revision 4 created 11/06/2015 by Kay.

  1. Hey, how're you doing?
  2. Justin here with another
    ukulele instalment for you.
  3. And today we're going to be
    looking at shuffle strumming.
  4. Now this type of strumming
    is really, really
  5. common on the ukulele,
    so it's definitely
  6. something you need
    to do some practice with,
  7. and we're going to be doing a play along
    so you can get use to the feel of it.
  8. So, what is a shuffle?
  9. Normally in music when you have a:
  10. 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and
  11. It would be played very evenly, okay?
  12. Like mathematically as
    perfectly as you could.
  13. Doing something like:
  14. 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and
  15. 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and
  16. (continues strum pattern)
  17. Normally, it would be a
    down strum on the beat.
  18. On the 1, 2, 3, and the 4
  19. and an up strum on the "ands".
  20. So, 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and
  21. Okay?
  22. That should be something that
    you're working on already,
  23. but the shuffle is particularly
    common on the ukulele.
  24. We use it on guitar as well,
  25. particularly blues used
    a lot of shuffle stuff,
  26. but on the ukulele there is
    something about that kind of-
  27. It's got a bit of a groove to it.
  28. Sounds great on uke.
  29. So what we are basically doing is
    delaying the up stroke a little bit.
  30. The "and"
  31. So instead of going:
  32. 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and
  33. We go:
  34. 1- and 2- and 3- and 4
  35. and 1- and 2- and 3- and 4
  36. That kind of feeling,
    if it's straight.
  37. (demonstrates)
  38. Now with the shuffle again.
  39. (demonstrates with shuffle)
  40. Now, if we want to look at it
    mathematically,
  41. we would divide each beat into 3,
  42. commonly called "triplets" in music,
  43. and we would be playing the first
    one and the last one.
  44. If we were counting this
    we'd normally count
  45. 1 trip-let 2 trip-let
    3 trip-let 4 trip-let
  46. That would be the count for it.
  47. So it would be strumming
    the down on the beat,
  48. and the up stroke on the "let".
  49. So if I do it really slowly
    we would be doing:
  50. 1 trip-let 2 trip-let
    3 trip-let 4 trip-let
  51. 1 trip-let 2 trip-let
    3 trip-let 4 trip-let
  52. It's not quite as
    mathematical as that really
  53. when it comes to making music out of it.
  54. It's just got this kind of- It's a
    little bit more dance-y than
  55. (playing with shuffle)
  56. ♪♪
  57. Than it would if I played
    that same thing straight
  58. (plays straight)
  59. It doesn't seem to have
    the same groove as:
  60. (with shuffle)
  61. ♪♪
  62. So, to practice, what I would
    recommend you start off with
  63. is doing the little count thing.
  64. So, first thing is to practice
    actually saying out loud:
  65. 1 trip-let 2 trip-let
    3 trip-let 4 trip-let
  66. over and over again.
  67. Then start playing along with
    the down strum on that beat,
  68. on the count: the 1, 2, 3, and the 4
  69. and the up on the "let". So going:
  70. 1 trip-let 2 trip-let
    3 trip-let 4 trip-let
  71. 1 trip-let 2 trip-let
    3 trip-let 4-
  72. Let's have a little play
    along of doing that now
  73. cause this is how you want to get
    it under your fingers properly.
  74. Or finger, as you're probably
    strumming with your first finger,
  75. that's what I'd be recommending.
  76. I'm using a C-chord here
    as it's nice and easy,
  77. and you don't want to think about chords.
  78. You just want to think
    about the strumming.
  79. So if i'm going:
    3 trip-let 4 trip-let
  80. 1 trip-let 2 trip-let
    3 trip-let 4 trip-let
  81. 1 trip-let 2 trip-let
    3 trip-let 4 trip-let
  82. Keep going.
  83. 1 trip-let 2 trip-let
    3 trip-let 4 trip-let
  84. down...up, down...up,
    down...up, down...up
  85. 1 trip-let 2 trip-let
    3 trip-let 4 trip-let
  86. 1 trip-let 2 trip-let
    3 trip-let 4 trip-let
  87. Okay? So, really that's the way to get
    used to the idea of having that kind of
  88. delayed end, if you like, the shuffle.
  89. But really what's important is that it
    feels good.
  90. So once you've actually got it right
    the point would be to just play it.
  91. See if you can get that skip-y
    feeling where it's kind of-
  92. And I don't mean Skippy
    the Bush Kangaroo.
  93. I mean, like, you know.
    Kinda moving nice.
  94. That's really where it's at
    with this kind of rhythm thing.
  95. It's not so much about the
    mathematically perfect version.
  96. It's kind of getting it to feel nice,
  97. and that's something
    that you can practice.
  98. When you're playing it yourself,
    practice trying to make it feel good.
  99. You'll feel there'll be a certain
    little pocket where it'll be like-
  100. It'll make you move,
    it'll make you feel different
  101. and that's really where it's at.
  102. And this shuffle thing, for playing uke
    songs is a really important part of it
  103. because playing it straight on
    the uke just never seems to-
  104. Well sometimes it works better, but
    most times you want to try and get
  105. that shuffle rhythm in there
    cause it just sounds cool.
  106. Basically, it all boils down
    to what sounds good
  107. and learning the shuffle, and getting that
    groovy feeling when you're playing
  108. your rhythm guitar is
    totally where it's at.
  109. So, have a little bit of fun with that
  110. and I will see you for plenty
    more lessons very soon.
  111. Take care of yourselves.
  112. Bye-bye.