Basic Strum Patterns

Basic Strum Patterns
Most of these patterns are ‘stolen’ from Mike Lynch’s YouTube workshops.
For a whole lot of
Mike’s Beatles collection and other lessons, check out ‘Ukulele Mike’ (formally known as ‘MusicTeacher2010’).
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4
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Strums
Shuffle strum:
>
D
1
Swing strum:
>
D
1
Church Lick:
>
D
1
>
D U D
2 & 3
Calypso:
D
1
D U
2 &
U
&
D
2
UD
&2
U
&
D
3
UD
&3
U
&
UD
&4
D
4
U
&
Accent options:
1 and 3
2 and 4
U D U
& 4 &
D
1
Play The Calypso strum with these chords 2 measures each (total 8 counts)
C -- Em
F -- C
F -- E7
Baritone
C
C
Em
Em
F
F
E7
E7
Am
Am
UD
&1
>
D U D
4 & 1
3
Soprano
Am -- F
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4
Strums
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Shuffle strum:
>
D
1
U
&
Swing strum:
>
D
1
UD
&2
Church Lick:
>
D
1
D
2
U
&
D
3
U
&
UD
&3
D U
2 &
D U
3 &
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Standard 3/4:
>
D
1
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personal use only.
U
U
2 & 3
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should DO this at home.
We are not professionals.
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Sway
Words and Music by Pablo Ruiz, Englis lyrics by Norman Gimbel, 1954
Sung by Dean Martin on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsgL35RCGcc
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4
Key of: E
> = accent
~~~ =
drag finger slowly across
Baritone
Am
Am
E7
F7
G7
G7
C
C
all four stings,
Latin strum:
>
D
D~~~
U
U
D
U
1
2
&
&
4
&
Intro Vamp:
Soprano
Am //// E7 //// Am //// E7 //// Am / (N.C.)
E7
When marimba rhythms start to play
Am
Dance with me, make me sway.
<
E7
Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore,
A
Am
(N.C.)
Hold me close, sway me more.
Break it apart.
E7
Like a flower bending in the breeze,
Write all the
chords down on
a piece of paper
for the A section
only... and do our
4/3/2/1 practice.
Am
Bend with me, sway with ease.
E7
When we dance you have a way with me,
Am
(N.C.)
Stay with me, sway with me.
No Mistakes?
Bridge:
Now do the same
for the B section.
C
Dear, but my eyes will see only you.
When you got it
all...Put them
together and
play the song
with confidence.
G7
Other dancers may be on the floor,
E7
Only you have that magic technique.
<
B
Am
(N.C.)
When we sway I go weak.
E7
I can hear the sound of violins
Am
Long before it begins.
E7
Make me thrill as only you know how,
Am
Sway me smooth, sway me now.
(Repeat last two lines twice and
end with cha-cha-cha)
(N.C. to Bridge)
[Option: Do an instrumental or hum
one chorus before going to the bridge]
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White Sandy Beach
Whitten and compose by: Willie Dan Performed by: Israel (IZ) Kamakawiwo’ole
On YouTube.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_YfyKahP-0
4/4 time
/
/
/
/
Soprano
Baritone
F
F
Bb
Bb
Bbm
Bbm
C7
C7
<--- 4 beats to a measure
Strum:
D
D
U
1
2
&
intro:
3
Bb (1)
F (4)
U
D
&
4
Bbm (1)
Steady strum.. no accents.
F (1)
C7 (1)
F (4)
I saw you in my
/
/
/
Bb
dream,
/
On a white
/
/
Bbm
/
F (4)
/
We were playing in the
/
/
On a white
/
/
we
/
/
/
C7 (5)
/
/
/
/
/ / /
/
/ / / /
/ / / /
/
/
/
/
/
/
<
soul
/ / / /
rocks me all night
/ / / /
A
fun
/
C7
/
ocean
/
/ /
soothes my restless
/ / / /
Sound of the
<
Bb
ocean
/
/ / / /
/ / / /
F (2)
C7 (2)
Sound of the
C7
Ha-wai’i
/
hand
/
were having so much
/
of
/
/
/ / / /
/ / /
/ /
/
Ha-wai’i
sun,
Bbm
/
F
of
/
sandy beach
/ / / /
Chorus 1
/
were walking hand in
/
sandy beach
/ / / /
Bb
we
/
long
/
/ / / /
B
/ / / /
You’ll notice that
each verse (A)
has a slight
variation.
F (4)
Those hot long summer
/
/
Bb
/
On a white
/
days,
Bbm
sandy beach
/ / / /
/
Chorus 2
/
laying there in the
/ / / /
/
/
/
F (2)
/
/
/
C7 (7)
/
/ / / /
/ /
/
/
/ / / /
/ / / /
Bb
soothes my restless
ocean
rocks me all night
/ / / /
/
/
/
Same with the
the two (B) parts.
Chorus 1 and 2.
C7
ocean
/ / / /
Sound of the
sun
/
of Ha - wai’i
/
C7 (2)
Sound of the
/
/
/
/
soul
/
Variations of a
theme.
/ / / /
long
/
------------------------------>
/ / / /
/ / / /
/ / / /
(rest voice)
/ / / /
F (4)
Last night in my
/
/
/
Bb
dreams,
/
We were there in the
/ /
oo
------>
/ / / /
of
/ /
/
/
Bbm (8)
sun,
------------------> (rest )
/
/
I saw your face a -
/ / / /
/ / / /
/ / / /
/
/
/
on a
/ / / /
F (4)
of Ha - wai’i
/ / / /
/
gain
white
/ / / /
/ / / /
/ / / /
sandy beach
/ / / /
/ / / /
aa
------>
/ / / /
(fade and strum out)
/ / / /
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