Reggae Strumming with Left-Hand Muting

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    Alan FasickAlan Fasick
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    Aloha Ukulele Underground. I’ve been working on getting better at a Reggae feel for songs like I Hear Music and Tropical Hawaiian Day. Still having trouble getting the muting cleanly — not sure how best to practice to improve, so I figured I’d use those for the tech. check:

    Reggae Strum with Left-Hand Muting 1

    Reggae Strum with Left-Hand Muting 2

    I find it a little easier with chords where I can just lift up the left hand as opposed to having to pinky-mute. Also, when we jam these songs on Aloha Fridays it seems like you’re adding a lot more to the strumming patter than the more basic version you describe, in particular a lot of the extra percussive sounds, I’d love to hear a breakdown of what you’re doing.

    Mahalo nui,
    Alan

    #14808
    AndrewAndrew
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    I’d like to see a break down of some of the in between percussive strumming too. I feel like i get close with a 4 finger roll and a quick up with my thumbnail, but that maybe a little something is missing. Anyway, it sounds awesome and i wanna do it too.

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    AndrewAndrew
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    Oh, and that little bit between the Gm and the D7 at the end of the progression. That quick little bit is sweet.

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    AndrewAndrew
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    Just realized I didn’t specify that I was talking about “I Hear Music”.

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