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Strumming Patterns (4 beats to the bar)

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Basic Strum

'Skip' Strum

Basic Shuffle

3a

Variation 1

3b

Variation 2

3c

Variation 3

Swing
Shuffle

4
5

Country strum/
church lick

Calypso Strum

6a

Variation 1

6b

Variation 2

Reggae

7a

Variation 1

7b

Variation 2

7c

Variation 3

7d

Variation 4

8
8a
9

Chunk strum
-

Variation 1

'Hawaiian' strum

Extra up-stroke
d u (try other positions)

Just down -strokes

All down + up
d u d u d u d u strokes

d
d

1 missing upstroke
d u d u d u at start

1 & 2 missing upd u d u strokes

d u d u d u d

Missing upstroke at
the end

Du Du Du Du

Longer down:
'Bri-an' 'Bri-an'

d u d

d u

d u

1 & 3 missing up
d u strokes
A missing downstroke on the third
d
beat so that 2 upstrokes come
d u together with a

d u d u

d u

Like a country
d
DU d
D U strum or shuffle but
with a
characteristic
d u D U d u D U Stronger off-beat

- d - d - d - d
- u - u - u - u
- u d u - u d u
d u Xu d u Xu
d

Xu

du
d u du

Marlow Ukulele Group

u Xu
u

Dampen a downstrum with the


fleshy part of the
right hand.
Faster 3rd beat - 2
ups at the end

Brian Ward