Uke players: are you smarter than a 1st grader?

If you struggle at all with strum patterns, downs, ups, etc., go ahead and get on the announcement list for the free course. You’ll be first to know when the free training is available.

Shame.

That's the feeling I have when I look back on my first grade report card.

At that early stage of my education, we didn't get letter grades on the report chords, just a checkmark.

“Can he do this thing?” CHECK.

“Can he not do this thing?” NO CHECK.

And the things we were “checked” for were pretty basic.

  • “Can count to ten.”
  • “Knows own address.”
  • “Can recite the alphabet.”

That sort of thing.

But here's the shame (for a future ukulele player).

“Knows left hand and left foot.” CHECK.

(Whoo-hoo! I knew it! Yes sir! Can't trip up little first-grader Danny on the old left hand and left foot thing! I have got this DOWN!)

But…

“Knows right hand and right foot.”

No check.

WHAT? How the…

How is that even possible? Surely the process of elimination…

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And this DOES tie to our ukulele playing.

When I ask students what they struggle with the most, it's almost always some variation of “strumming.”

Now considering the fact that every up has a down, and every down has an up, you'd think that strumming would be as easy as telling left from right.

But many strum patterns (ooh, how I hate strum patterns!) call for multiple UPs in a row, or multiple DOWNs.

With mutes and chunks and syncopation and emphasis.

And that can be frustrating.

Helping you work out this little conundrum my near-famous “Vital Element” which is one part of the free video training on strumming that I'm putting together.

If you struggle at all with strum patterns, downs, ups, etc., go ahead and get on the announcement list for the free course. You'll be first to know when the free training is available.

Here's the link: https://ukulelecheatsheets.vipmembervault.com/teaser/courses/view/8

And, just so you know—I somehow made it to second grade. And I no longer have to wear nail polish on one hand to remember right from left.

your pal,
Danno