Casey MacGill Ukulele Workshop: Saturday, October 26

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The three strums I use regularly are The Swing Strum, The Shuffle Strum, and The Rumba Strum. We will spend the most time learning the swing strum technique to create a danceable rhythm feel with the ukulele.  We will learn the damping technique that is essential to creating the swing rhythm. Damping the strings is also important in the shuffle strum, which comes from the rhythm feel of the classic rhythm n’ blues records of Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, up to and including Elvis Presley. Last but not least the rumba strum is a bit more complex, but we break it down to three bite-sized morsels, and learn to count and play it together. It comes in handy with 1950’s anthems like Save the Last Dance for Me, Three Cool Cats, Lonely Teardrops, and Under the Boardwalk.

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