September 19, 2021 at 6:47 pm #48316
@biancak – That part is strummed with the island strum. The melody notes occur on beat ‘4’ and the ‘& of 4’. Which means, your hand should be coming down on beat 4, but instead of strumming, you would be plucking.
Either way, you should be moving down towards the A string, not up towards the G string. Try counting the rhythm as you play and making sure your up/down motion follows:
Motion down to:
& PluckSeptember 19, 2021 at 7:14 pm #48317biancakParticipant
Sorry I meant the strum on the & of 3 is from string A to G, so when the plucking comes on 4, my fingers to pluck are not around A. The rhythm and D-U patterns of the strums are correct. The tiny break between the eighth notes (the & of 3 and 4 of 4) is simply not enough to be there for a proper plucking… Steven almost seems to be plucking the & of 3 strum to stay around with his hand for the melody note?
So for me it is a choice between properly strumming and then almost missing the plucking. Or doing a shortened strum and be ready to pluck the note for the melody?
Or I’ll just keep practicing at slow tempo to figure this out 🙂September 19, 2021 at 8:10 pm #48320
You should have enough time to come back down to play those notes. Maybe your strum is too wide in its down/up motion? Or as you said, you need to work it up to speed. It’s hard to say without seeing you play it. Feel free to post a video if you want me to take a further look 🙂September 20, 2021 at 11:49 am #48322biancakParticipant
I think it is a combination of the 2. The strum is definitely wide 🙁
I’ll have to go back to scratches and build it up from slow tempo again
Thank you for the tipsSeptember 20, 2021 at 12:25 pm #48324September 22, 2021 at 5:23 am #48336lyndallkParticipant
Hi everyone – here’s my version of Pineapple uke blues! Such a great tune! Thanks for the chance to learn it.September 23, 2021 at 12:07 pm #48346bethany_guardianiParticipant
I just had to do Chopsticks this month for all the childhood nostalgia…and this being one of two songs I could play on piano haha. The other one – which I would also love a ukulele arrangement of *wink wink* – was Heart and Soul.
Thanks for making me feel like a kid again! The uke version of this song is incredibly addictive to play. I took a few creative liberties with the video…I hope it’s not too much of a distraction from the playing itself!September 23, 2021 at 6:33 pm #48349September 25, 2021 at 9:48 pm #48356lhamiltonParticipant
This month I tried Pineapple Uke Blues —
(I am a Premium Member)September 26, 2021 at 2:11 pm #48361
@lhamilton – Bravo, Linda! This is one of your best performances I’ve seen! Only thing I’d say is, try to relax your right hand b/c it looks a little tense while you’re playing. But again, well done! Keep up the great work 🙂September 26, 2021 at 4:42 pm #48362lhamiltonParticipant
Wow! Thanks, Andrew! I was terribly nervous recording. My son tells me to relax too (he’s a guitar player). He keeps stressing the need for “jelly fingers” 🙂
LindaSeptember 26, 2021 at 6:57 pm #48363shmu88Participant
Thanks Andrew and Chris for the reviews and tips! 🙂September 26, 2021 at 7:30 pm #48364karenjParticipant
Here’s my version of Chopsticks for the September challenge. This was a fun song to learn and I added a couple of variations from when I used to play it on the piano. I had done the clawhammer lessons awhile ago and this month’s challenge was also a nice reminder to pick up my banjolele again.
KarenSeptember 26, 2021 at 9:14 pm #48365gi_gi_Participant
I can’t believe I was able to finish this challenge. About a week ago I almost gave up. These challenges are so good for personal advancement. Thank you so much for them.September 26, 2021 at 10:44 pm #48367
@karenj – Beautifully played, Karen! And those variations were tastefully done. Great job!
@gi_gi_ – Excellent job! I’d like you to work on playing this song at the same speed that you did during the last half of the performance. But, do the entire song at that tempo. Even though you can play the first half much faster and in-time, it’s better to keep a consistent tempo throughout.
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.