Essential Strums for the Ukulele
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In this second volume of the Complete Ukulele Course DVD series Ralph Shaw teaches techniques and strums that will inspire your playing to new heights.
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.
I enjoyed the new DVD very much, and found it both entertaining and educational. It is a natural progression to move on to it from your first volume. I particularly liked, and found very useful, the section relating to the George Formby technique - hope to master it one of these days!! --David Jessop. UK
The DVD (Essential Strums) is excellent! The little booklet is very helpful. It is good to be able to refer to it as I am trying to learn a new strum, and a new song at the same time.
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
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The strums are divided into music genres, for example, blues, bossa nova, etc, etc. He covers about two or three strums per genre.
This DVD would be good for a ukulele strummer who has become familiar with some basic bread-and-butter strums, and wants to move to the next level - strums that make the music sound more alive and interesting.