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You will learn to play in the following styles; March, Waltz, 12 Bar Blues, Samba, Bossa Nova, Swing, Triplets, Bo Diddley, Reggae and more. In addition Ralph teaches the strum and chords used in IZ's famous Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World medley. Ralph also shows how to play your uke like an old-time banjo by using the clawhammer/frailing technique. Finally Ralph shows you how to play a syncopated rhythm solo in the style of George Formby. For each strum Ralph teaches the technique followed by a song that uses that strum. Songs include; Darktown Strutters Ball, Take Me Home Country Roads, Girl From Ipanema, Let Me Call you Sweetheart, Song to Bring Back Something Which Is Lost and many more. All in GCEA tuning.
Thanks to you, I have finally figured out the Samba [stroke]. Furthermore, I'm frailing up a storm! It's still a rather messy storm, with hammer ons and pull offs all sliding into one another, but I expect to get better fairly soon. I really appreciate the way you break the strums down into their components, and demonstrate them at different speeds. Thank you again for all your hard work. Thanks, --J. Bishop, Plainfield, MA.
I just wanted to say how much I love 'Essential Strums for the Ukulele' Am sitting here alone in my room (in Nara, Japan) at this moment playing along with it. Just learning how to play along with the Brudda Izs Over the Rainbow melody, that alone was more than worth the price of the DVD. Everything else is a bonus. --J. B. Japan
I found Essential Strums to be an excellent resource. The various strum pateerns were presented in a clear and informative manner. Read morePublished on April 19, 2011 by John
absolutely excellent. I decided to believe the review that others had written and I am so glad that I did. Ralph Shaw is an excellent teacher, a very pleasant man too. Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by Jan
I wanted to sing along while watching DVD without consulting a booklet which came with DVD.
Unfortunately, no single chord diagram and no single lyric showed up on the... Read more
This is a good introduction to some ukulele strum patterns. There are a whole lot more strums out there, and Mr. Shaw doesnt pretend to show them all. Read morePublished on September 20, 2010 by R. Harold
I expected it to teach more about how to strum well, like improvise and techiniqes to make it sound better.
Instead he just teaches different styles. Read more
Ralph Shaw's a great teacher--this show and tell DVD demonstrates technique, so you can see how the strums are created as you play along.Published on August 14, 2008 by Sue Tarjan