Well, it’s quite an interesting fact and one I’ve noticed from a surprising source at some music shows this summer….
After a show in Nashville, I got the following question from some fans who wanted to know where I strum my ukulele. One of the most common things I say that I hear in all of my show is “it’s a very difficult guitar to play. How do you strum it so well?” And when I hear the question about “how do you strum it so well,” I can’t help but share the knowledge that I do have answers. After all, we have a very good teacher in The Great Ukulele Strummer
The first thing I need to talk about is how I strum with my ukulele. But before I talk about those questions, let me start by telling you that, although playing with my ukulele may be one of the most important things I do, it’s not the only thing (maybe not even the most important thing). In fact, it’s probably not even the most important thing for me to do, either. I have found this to be one of the most underrated things about my ukulele – and my reason for sharing the info about it today is simple. The fact is, even though my ukulele is my instrument, I often come away from such shows feeling more excited about a concert or even about attending the show than I do about the instrument.
Here’s how I strum on a regular basis – just for reference for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about. I like to have some music in the background when I start the practice for my practice sessions. While it usually helps to bring in a song or two (in order to really get in the groove, really!), I actually prefer to focus on the music and my partner’s guitar parts, making sure to be as quiet and focused on them as possible. It’s a great way to get to know how I like to play music (with practice, it’s always different), and it helps me to get even better at playing with my ukulele, too.
As I mentioned earlier, I strum a regular basis with my ukulele. However, I also strum (I usually strum with both my left and right hands) and solo occasionally, for when it feels right. I
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