Nice work! I occasionally play around with Europa also but you’re much more accomplished. I was wondering where you got the backing track to practice with? That would be very helpful. Keep up the posts on your progress.
I find learning ukulele to be quite therapeutic. Cancer robs one of a sense of future. Playing the ukulele gives back something to think about the future: How will I sound in one year, five years, 10 years…? You’ll find UU to be very helpful. Best of health to you in your cancer recovery and many happy years of ukulele playing.
You are not accounting for the “missed” strums between down and up strokes. Think of the strum sequence as:
1 – Down, then miss as you bring your hand up (DM)
2 – Chunk, Up (XU)
3 – Miss as you move your hand down for the next up strum (MU)
4 – DU
So the correct notation,to account for all the strum movements would be DMXUMUDU to account for all four beats.
See the Matt Dahlberg video on how to read strum patterns for a fuller explanation.
Whatever fingering works best for you is fine. The trick is to get the chord to sound clear and be able to land the chord consistently. Sounds like you’ve accomplished that. It is an advantage to be able to play chord shapes with different fingerings as it can allow for easier transitions in many cases. That particular chord shape is movable up the fret board so it can be used extensively for other chords. It’s taken a lot of practice but I’m finally getting that shape to sound good on a consistent basis. I primarily use the “standard” fingering, but occasionally I use the fingering you mention if it makes for an easier change depending on what chord I’m switching from or to. Keep on practicing…