UD#10 A Knee Slapping Reggae Strum

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UD#10 Knee Slapping Reggae Strum
from Ukulele in the Dark w/ Guido Heistek

-HOW TO STRUM A REGGAE BEAT

I am teaching and playing this weekend at the Vancouver Ukulele Festival. I will be teaching a workshop on strumming so I thought I would teach a strum for this week’s newsletter.

Here are a couple of recordings of me playing the chords to Somewhere over the Rainbow  (Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole version).

I am playing the song in the key of G (different from the original)  so just use them as a reference for the strumming groove.

faster version:

slower version:

In the video below I walk you through how to play a simple version of the strum. I use 4 steps:

1. Getting the basic feel on a piece of paper.
2. Adding knee slaps to the basic feel.
3. Playing the strum with a muted chord.
4. Playing the strum with a chord.

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This is not the full version of the strum but once you have mastered it you can easily add more nuances and variations as you pick them up by ear. You can use this strum to play:

Three Little Birds (A, D, E7),
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Get Up Stand Up (ONE CHORD! Cm),
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Somewhere Over the Rainbow and pretty much any other song with a reggae groove. Have fun!
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All for now!

See you next week.

Guido
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