Here’s my take on Angeline. Sorry, no frogs. There are some really huge moths here, but they don’t say much.
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Here are a couple of lessons showing how you can strum your five-string banjo ukulele style. You can quickly switch to high-energy strumming when you want to kick some energy into a dance or just as a break from regular clawhammer.
Here’s an introduction to the strum I use most often:
I use my index finger for both frailing and strumming, but I recommend you use a different finger for each approach. The strumming wears your nail down fast. I’m switching my strumming to my middle finger but I’m not there yet, so I use the index in the video.
For happy strumming, you need to know what chords to play. So here’s a quick look at how to figure out the basic chords of a D tune:
- Jim Bottorff’s site of American popular songs for strumming fun
- Find any chord in any tuning at ChordFind.com
- Many more Illinois tunes at Dear Old Illinois
- Tab and a solo banjo MP3 for the tune you hear in the videos
Other uses for the strum
If you’re at a big, noisy jam and the players have wandered apart rhythmically, you can (politely) switch to the uke strum to bring them back together. The banjo uke sound cuts through everything and gives a steady beat for people to latch onto. Continue reading ‘Strum your banjo for an instant banjo uke!’
Here’s part of my quest to get more people to learn tunes by ear.
Chords will help you find the melody
First, here are the three chords you need for most old-time tunes in D, shown with two positions each. When you know these chords, you can quickly find the melody notes for just about any D tune you’re likely to hear at a jam.
Here’s a PDF chord chart for those chords, including a fretboard map showing the notes you’re most likely to use.
Use the chord shapes to learn a new tune
Once you know the chord positions, use them to learn “Toads in the Woodpile,” an original yet reassuringly formulaic D tune.