Lesson Description

On this week's lesson, Aldrine talks about how to keep your technique consistent and hand relaxed while strumming faster. We discuss the finer deatils of the tremolo, like using the thumb vs the pointer finger, fingernail length, and various anchoring methods. We finish with an indepth review of the free stroke and rest stroke, the pros and cons of each, and when to utilize one technique over the other.

This Week's Challenge:
Uke Minutes - Free Strokes and Rest Strokes

Last Week's Challenge:
Uke Minutes - Tips for a Cleaner Strum

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Questions Asked this Week:
2:15 How do you keep your pointer finger relaxed as you strum at faster speeds?

5:50 Should the strumming motion and technique stay the same at different speeds?

7:35 How do you use your thumbnail to strike the string while doing a tremolo?

18:20 How does nail length affect the tremolo?

21:00 Does it take a long time to develop the tremolo technique?

32:50 Free Strokes and Rest Strokes review

40:15 How do you do a rest stroke off of the A string, since there is no string below it?

41:10 Can you do rest strokes with your other fingers?

54:10 Did you change the time of the Live Lesson and Aloha Friday Jam?

54:50 Would rest strokes help you avoid "non-chord" strings in a 3 string chord?

References/resources for this video:
Chris Salvador's Master Class
Practice Sessions
Uke Minutes - How to Strum
Matt Dahlberg's Basic Strum Course

Uke Minutes - How to Tremolo
UU University - Tremolo Picking

Uke Lesson - Wonderful Tonight
UU Solos - Bodysurfing
Uke Lesson - Europa
Imua Garza's - Master Class
The song Aldrine used to demonstrate free strokes and rest strokes - Dance with a Bandito

Matt's Basic Strumming Course on UU+
Matt's Ultimate Strumming Course

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  1. Excellent response, especially at the end mentioning the flicking motion and also metronome use. I got it, Thanks guys!

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