Feb 21, 2017

New Strums: Reggae Strum, Ska Strum, Rock Steady Strum


The reggae strum is a fun strum that can be used for almost any song!

It will give the song that fun island sound.

You will Learn More and Play More with Play Ukulele NOW.

Find out for yourself why teachers and students have depended on Play Ukulele NOW Methods and Songbooks since 2009


The Reggae Strum


New Strums, Reggae Strum, Ska Strum, Rock Steady Strum


Here's how to perform the reggae strum:
  1. Rest the side of the palm of your hand on the strings with your thumb pointing outward away from the ukulele. Make sure that you hand is muting the strings as it rests on them.
  2. lift your palm up enough that you will be able to strum a chord and have it ring clearly. strum the strings with an upward motion, using your first finger.
After step 2, lay you palm back on the strings to mute them - go back to step 1, continue to repeat this.

Here's how you would strum and count: 1 - rest, 2 - upward strum, 3 - rest, 4 - upward strum

Rest = step 1 above
Upward strum = Step 2 above
New Strums, Reggae Strum, Ska Strum, Rock Steady Strum


Reggae Strum Variation 1


After you master it with an upward strum, try it using a downward strum, rather than the upward strum.

Not sure about strumming or how to strum?

Get your copy of the Play Ukulele NOW Method and Songbook! or click here to get your eBook

Try this first with some of the easy songs you already know, the first songs in the eBook would work great for this, if you don't already have your eBook get it now!

*The reggae strum will not work for songs in 3/4 time

The Rock Steady and the Ska strum


The Rock steady strum and the ska strum are variations of the reggae strum.

You will need a metronome in order to play them. A metronome helps you keep time, when you strum and count along with a metronome each count is on one of the clicks.

Click here for a free online metronome

As you can see on the page above you can choose between 30 and 330 beats per minute, most music is between 75 and 140 beats per minute.

Most teachers recommend always playing with a metronome, one of the things most beginners have trouble with is keeping time.

Here's a great, inexpensive metronome, its a good idea to use it every time you practice




Rock steady is a music genre that originated in Jamaica around 1966. A successor of ska and a precursor to reggae.

The rock steady strum is simply the reggae strum played between 75 and 100 beats per minute.

Take some of the easy songs you already know and set the metronome for a rock steady strum and play along. Try some different numbers in between 75 and 100 beats per minute.

Ska is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950's and was the precursor to rock steady and reggae.

The ska strum is simply a reggae strum played between 110 and 140 beats per minute.

Take some of the easy songs you already know and set the metronome for a ska strum and play along. Try some different numbers in between 110 and 140 beats per minute.


Fine tuning; variation 2


Now lets tray another variation, when playing the reggae strum with the up-strums, only strum the top two or three strings. (these would be the strings on the E and A strings or the G, E, and A strings)

Questions on tuning? Click here to see our 3 tricks to tuning a ukulele and to keeping it in tune blog

​MORE GREAT LESSONS: Click here for easy video lessons (affiliate - order with this link to help your good friends at Play Ukulele NOW)

New Strums, Reggae Strum, Ska Strum, Rock Steady Strum

Get your FREE eBook!

* indicates required


No comments:

Post a Comment