I will return to a topic that I find the MOST important about playing music – the feel.
You can know a hundred chords, but if your feel is bland – so will your playing. But, if you have a good feel, then you can impress everyone and yourself with just ONE chord!
To start, let’s forget about playing a “song” and just concentrate on the strumming. Mute your strings with your left hand’s little finger. Just lay it across the strings just hard enough to dampen the sound, but not so hard that you are playing anything.
Count “one-and-two-and-three-and-four-and” over and over, setting up a rhythm with JUST YOUR VOICE.
Tap your foot on ONE and THREE.
Can you do just that?
Now, vocally – accent the TWO and the FOUR. (An accent means that you say or sing (or play) a little louder on that particular note or count.)
Doing all this vocally at first lets you concentrate on the mechanics of this lesson.
Vocally, you will be saying in rhythm: “one-and-TWO-and-three-and FOUR-and” over and over, while tapping your foot on ONE and THREE. Yes, it takes a little practice to get the two things happening at once, but do it slow until it becomes more natural.
Then I want you to add your uke, but just strum MUTED strings. No chords yet. Just set up a nice rhythm until you got it down!
Then add a chord… ONE CHORD ONLY to start. Remember, the name of this blog is “All in Good Time”, which in this case refers to patience. The idea here isn’t to play a song (yet) but to simply learn how to play a rhythm with feel.
Work on that and let me know how you are doing.
Here is a video demonstrating this concept.