The Reggae Strum
- Rest the side of the palm of your hand on the strings with your pointing outward away from the ukulele. Make sure that you hand is muting the strings as it rests on them.
- lift your palm up enough that you will be able to strum a chord and have it ring clearly. strum the strings with an upward motion, using your first finger.
After step 2, lay you palm back on the strings to mute them - go back to step 1, continue to repeat this.
Here's how you would strum and count: 1 - rest, 2 - upward strum, 3 - rest, 4 - upward strum
Rest = step 1 above
Upward strum = Step 2 above
Reggae Strum Variation
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The Rock Steady and the Ska strum
You will need a metronome in order to play them. A metronome helps you keep time, when you strum and count along with a metronome each count is on one of the clicks.
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As you can see on the page above you can choose between 30 and 330 beats per minute, most music is between 75 and 140 beats per minute.
Rocksteady is a music genre that originated in Jamaica around 1966. A successor of ska and a precursor to reggae.
The rock steady strum is simply the reggae strum played between 75 and 100 beats per minute.
Take some of the easy songs you already know and set the metronome for a rock steady strum and play along. Try some different numbers in between 75 and 100 beats per minute.
Ska is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and was the precursor to rocksteady and reggae.
The ska strum is simply a reggae strum played between 110 and 140 beats per minute.
Take some of the easy songs you already know and set the metronome for a ska strum and play along. Try some different numbers in between 110 and 140 beats per minute.
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