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Andy Stanton
02/05/2014



MORE ABOUT STRUMMING

Again, this is a spin off from the beginner's group that I thought would be useful to share with everybody.

So far we have been talking about rhythm on the ON BEAT

v down strum
^ up strum
| bar

v v v v|v v v v|v v v v|v v v v| becomes 1234,2234,3234,4234

If we include the off beat you get

v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^|v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^| becomes 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &|1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &| etc.

When we play on the off Beat (or as it is often called, the up beat) we emphasize the Off beat with a down strum which means we play the on beat with an up strum.

So we get

^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v|^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v| which becomes & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4|& 2 & 2 & 3 & 4| etc.

What this does is change the whole mood of the tune.  You will recognise tunes played on the off beat because they sound Carribean.

I'm giving you two examples. The first by Mraz "I'm Yours". Watch the drummer's right hand.  You will note that he barely taps on the on beat but gives it some welly on the off beat. (do persevere with the rubbish at the beginning of the clip)



...and the second song is Madness by Madness. Madness often played to the Ska rhythm.  Ska has Jamaican origins and developed into Reggae.


Click to ENLARGE video clip

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David Hall
02/05/2014



Many thanks for that Andy. I am often trying to play an off beat/Reggae style but having it explained like this really helps.
Again many thanks.
David H.
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Andy Stanton
07/05/2014



I've just posted Jammin' by Bob Marley following on from the discussion of playing on the off beat.  It starts with an intro to which I have included a strumming pattern.  Again notice that the bar starts with a up strum on the on beat before leading into a sequence of down strums on the off beat.

If who want to take the next step you start to practice ghost strumming.  This is where you go to strum a note but deliberately miss, so you get silence.  If you want to get the reggae rhythm then when you play the up strums on the on beat you play a ghost strum.  That way you get the syncopated sound of reggae.  It's a nice little trick but it takes a lot of practice.  However, it's like riding a bike.  Once you've got it it will stay with you for life.
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Andy Stanton
13/05/2014



Best of luck to everybody tomorrow.  Try to capture the rhythm in your strumming and whatever else you do leave the old dears wanting more!
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JeffT
14/05/2014



Not sure about them wanting more, but one or two of them did wakeup up for short spells!
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Bob Cawson
15/05/2014



Afternoon all,

Just read David H's and David Mc's emails.  I thought we did well yesterday and should be able to face the next venture with confidence.  I think our confidence would further improve if we could organise our rehearsal sessions to be in "performance format" rather than seated around the table.  Not easy I know but .....

I like David Mc's suggestion of UK regional songs for the German night and I think the German guests would appreciate it.  I also believe it would be a nice gesture to the visitors if we included a German tune.  I suggest the old traditional and very popular German folk tune "Muss I' Denn" might be appropriate - perhaps we could also master the verse in German!  If not we could always whistle it.  I expect most of us know the tune better as "Wooden Heart" which is based on the original folk song.

See you next week.

Bob


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Christine Watson
15/05/2014



Hi all,

We played well yesterday and we deserve a clap on the back.  It gave us some experiences that we may encounter as we progress.  The German gig will be more responsive I'm sure!  The tea and cakes were very welcome.

See you soon.  Keep on strumming.

Christine
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Christine Watson
15/05/2014



Hi all,

We played well yesterday and we deserve a clap on the back.  It gave us some experiences that we may encounter as we progress.  The German gig will be more responsive I'm sure!  The tea and cakes were very welcome.

See you soon.  Keep on strumming.

Christine
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Andy Stanton
18/05/2014



Following Dave McKennys suggestion about regional songs I've added the following anthems:-

Danny Boy - Ireland
Flower Of Scotland - Scotland
Jerusalem - England
Men Of Harlech - Wales

Maybe It's Because I'm a Londonner London
On Ilkla Moor Bah T'at - Yorksha
The Blaydon Races - Newcastle
The Leaving Of Liverpool

I'm now working on a medley of some if not all of these!
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David Hall
19/05/2014



WOW, seems to be a lot going on at the moment! So for those who are'nt sure, yes we meet this Wednesday,usual time. In the meantime thank you Bob for your songs I think we can use use them soon. Thanks also to David Mck, for his regional folk song suggestion for our next gig and of course a big thanks to Andy for getting them onto our Website so swiftly. Could you please down load this new material to try out this week.
Incidently feed back from "The Troc" has been very positive so we can look forward to the BBQ with confidence. Also Corrie Moss who leads the German group has asked to attend this weeks meeting to talk about the German visit.
Regards David.H.  
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Andy Stanton
19/05/2014



Can we do the Dambusters' March please?
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JeffT
19/05/2014



I was thinking more along the lines of "Tomorrow belongs to me" from Cabaret?
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Bob Cawson
22/05/2014



Andy,
Liked the Lincolnshire Poacher!  You done well there, Lad!
Bob & Christine
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Andy Stanton
23/05/2014



Think nothing of it!

Nothing being the commodity in which I specialise.
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Bob Cawson
24/05/2014



If anyone is interested I've just noticed that Sky Arts 1 HD are showing 2 programmes about The Ukulele Orchestra of GB tomorrow (Sunday 25th). The Ukes in America at 3.15pm followed at 4.30pm by their concert at the Sydney Opera House.
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Andy Stanton
26/05/2014



I'm relaying this message from Colleen.
"Hi Bob I watched the Ukes show last evening as I had recorded them from Friday night.
I have to say the were excellent shows. They are all so talented,can you see us doing any of those songs!
I liked The Beverly Hillbillys.  
Regards Colleen"

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Andy Stanton
27/05/2014



There's been an improvement made to the playlist page.
You can now select a list according to:-
Period
Origin
Genre
and Difficulty.

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