How to Play Ukulele: Calypso Strum

When you think of ukulele, there’s a certain strumming pattern that we often associate with sandy beaches and tropical islands. This is what we call the “Calypso Strum” – although it’s often been called the “island strum”, or sometimes the “rock strum”. Whatever you know it as, once you learn to recognize calypso strumming, you’ll notice it’s a very popular pattern for playing ukulele. For a classic example, check out “Jamaica Farewell” from Harry Belafonte:

Throughout the song we can hear the calypso strumming pattern, and it immediately gets us in the mood for a cool drink somewhere in the island sun. It has a great warm sound, and if you play ukulele you’d be wise to learn this classic technique since it can be used on so many great songs.

Sarah Maisel demonstrates how to play this classic strumming pattern in the video below. This just a sample from the ukulele lessons at ArtistWorks (which you can find more info about here):

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