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Old 03-12-2010, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Accented Strums :S

Hey everyone,
Im having a bit of trouble with accented strums on my ukulele,
Im sure guitarists can help here too, but how exactly do you do an accented strum?
Are you just really hitting the strings harder or is there something else to it I'm not seeing?

Thank you
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Old 03-12-2010, 02:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you just really hitting the strings harder or is there something else to it I'm not seeing?
this is pretty much it in a nutshell. to accent the strum, hit them with a little more oomph!

with practice you'll find that you don't necessarily need to exert significantly more force for the accent strum, just a little faster and with a little more snap than the other strums in the part you're playing.

this will sound counter-intuitive but i found the easiest way to develop better accent strumming skills was to start playing softer while practicing. keep your general rhythm at a really soft and low level so that your accents are more prominent until you get the hang of balancing the dynamics of your playing.

i'm more of a guitar guy but if you have any other questions feel free to ask
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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keep your general rhythm at a really soft and low level
Yeah, I noticed that when I was playing at my normal sort of... loudness (><) that my accents were getting lost with all the hustle and bustle, I'll practice quieter until I can differentiate better ;D

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