In this quick lesson, you'll learn some practical techniques to improve your rhythm and timing.
The simplest and best way to keep the rhythm of a song is tapping your foot. When tapping your foot, there are two positions, down (on the floor) and up. If you tap your foot 4 times, you can count 4 down beats and 4 up beats. The way to count these beats is as follows:
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
The numbers represent the down position of the tap and the '&' is the up position. These are called eighth notes (because there are 8 beats per measure).
Now we can take our ukuleles and match our strum to our foot. The down strums will sync up with the down position of the foot tap, and the up strums the up position.
You can also use the same foot tapping pattern to practice your 1/16th notes as well.