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Essential Strums for the Ukulele
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2011
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 screen.

Ralph even didn't sing "Somewhere over the Rainbow" to inform upcoming chord even though it was the longest song on this DVD.

One of the most awkward and annoying moment.

So, this DVD just ended up with introducing bunch of strum patterns such as "Common Strum, March, Waltz, 12-Bar Blues, Triplet Stroke, Bossa Nova, Reggae, Swing, Samba, Bo Diddley Strum, Frailing/Clawhammer and Syncopated Style".

Less cheerful than Bartt's, less detail than Aldrine's DVD and Overpriced. (Purchased it for $29.95).

Next 2 DVDs are not strum oriented but cover very useful strum patterns conveniently.

Learn to solo on the ukulele DVD - $20.00 ([..])
Ukulele Bartt's Ultimate Ukulele DVD - $14.99 ([..])
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on April 19, 2011
I found Essential Strums to be an excellent resource. The various strum pateerns were presented in a clear and informative manner. The DVD was just a bit pricey but worth the money overall.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2008
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.
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on January 1, 2013
This was just what I needed and wanted! I use it often and hope to become proficient enough to share.
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on March 31, 2015
Excellent for learners.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2008
"Never was and instructional video so well named, and such good value...
I would strongly recommend this video FOR BOTH THE BEGINNER AND THOSE WHO ARE READY TO PROGRESS beyond their basic strum.
---Susan C.W. Abbotson, The Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum
[from the back cover of the DVD-Video case]
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2009
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.

The one he uses normally when singing is called the normal strum. And its just too basic. Wish he had put more emphasis on that one.
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