Ukulele For Beginners: Learning A New Strum

When I first started learning the ukulele, I didn’t realize how many strums there really were. I started with a simple down up, but it seemed that a lot of the songs I liked required something different. In this ukulele lesson for beginners, he shows you how to play the down, down, up, up,down, up strum and how the proper rhythm.

Learning this strum took me a lot of time as I was stuck on the down up, down up rhythm for so long it was difficult to get off. I would recommend that you learn different strums and practice them all the time.

You’ll will find this strum in a lot of great songs such “Over the Rainbow”, Stand By Me, and many others. Adding a mute to the strum gives an even larger number of ways to play.

Start out slow and it will get easier as you keep practicing. This is ukulele for beginners after all, so we should all be practicing a lot!


For those of you who would like to use this strum to play “Over the Rainbow”, here is a tutorial on how to do the strum and apply it to that song.

I would love to hear your comments and feedback on your progress. Please leave comments below about what you have learned, what you are playing on your ukulele, and what tips you might have for others.