Now You Have Everything You Need to Master Chords and Strumming, Allowing You to Play Your Favorite Songs with Ease and Confidence
Introducing a step-by-step, easy-to-follow online video lesson course used by over 6,238 students to become proficient ukulele players.
Hey, I’m Brett McQueen, author of Ukulele Exercises For Dummies and founder of Ukulele Tricks, a website dedicated to helping thousands of people all around the world to experience the joy of learning to play ukulele.
I have a few questions for you:
- Are you a beginner-level ukulele player who's ready to gain the techniques to strum chords on the ukulele and play songs in a confident, musical and recognizable way?
- Would you like to learn the skills needed to be able to change chords without hesitating, pausing or stopping altogether?
- Do you desire to tackle any new song on the ukulele, finding the right strumming pattern and knowing exactly when to change chords?
- Is it your life-long dream to play the ukulele and make beautiful-sounding music?
If so, I’m thrilled to announce and introduce you to a brand new online video lesson course presented by Ukulele Tricks.
Introducing "Strumming Tricks": Become a Pro at Strumming, Rhythm and Chord Changes On Ukulele, Improving Your Skills While Making Actual Music
Strumming Tricks: Our Students See Success
Over 6,000 students have used the Strumming Tricks online ukulele lesson course to become better ukulele players at their own pace in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step way.
"Since age 6, I've tried to learn to play a musical instrument without success (first the piano, at age 16 the guitar, at age 30 the keyboard, at age 55 the banjo uke). At age 62, I bought a uke and began Brett's course. 1 1/2 years later, I've fulfilled my lifelong dream - I can play hundreds of songs!"
– Dr. Linda S.
"I have highly recommended Ukulele Strumming Tricks to several friends who have bought it. My recommendation was based on your steady, methodical, calm approach to teaching–and your accessibility. I think this is the best web-based instruction available."
– John W.
"I first learned to strum through this program. Within a year, and with no previous musical training, I was invited to play in a performing group, and now perform with a second group as well. I go busking by myself, with confidence. This program is, quite simply, excellent in all aspects."
– Libby W.
Strumming Tricks Gives You Clear, Concise Instruction In a Non-Intimidating Style
How I learned to play ukulele made a huge mark on who I am as a teacher today.
My grandfather taught me to play when I was just six years old. His teaching style was simple. All we did was flip through a songbook and try to play the songs, stumbling and laughing along the way.
It was a non-intimidating way to learn how to play the ukulele as a youngster and it was so fun. My grandpa didn’t just show off; learning ukulele was about experiencing the joy of music and playing an instrument with family.
In the Strumming Tricks course, I take the principles I learned from my grandpa and teach you in an approachable, non-intimidating, easy-to-follow style, teaching you essential techniques while playing memorable songs.
This course is about seeing you become a better ukulele player. Each lesson is tailored to you giving you everything you need to learn to play the ukulele in an easy-to-follow, clear and concise manner.
Let’s look at how.
Strumming Tricks Puts Everything You Need at Your Fingertips to Improve Your Skills
Learn These 18 Songs in Strumming Tricks
- Mary Had a Little Lamb
- Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
- Row, Row, Row Your Boat
- I've Been Working On the Railroad
- Take Me Home, Country Roads
- Puff, the Magic Dragon
- Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
- Don't Stop Believin'
- Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore
- I'm Yours
- Five Years Time
- Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
- Ain't She Sweet
- Hey, Soul Sister
- Amazing Grace
- Little Boxes
- Come Thou Fount
- Oh My Darling, Clementine
"I love it! It progresses nicely from basics to more sophisticated options, and I like and can relate to most of the songs. The best thing about it is Brett's relaxed style of teaching and the supremely helpful videos that clearly demonstrate each technique. Plus, it's fun to play along with him once I've learned a new song."
– Darlene M.
"By following your lessons I have been exposed to a variety of strumming methods that has helped increased my range of playable songs. Also, it has kept me motivated to play regularly by trying to get to next lesson."
– Dave W.
Strumming Tricks is jam-packed with 27 total video lessons accompanied with 100+ pages of easy-to-follow, step-by-step worksheets.
Throughout each part of the course, you apply the skills you're learning to play well-known songs on the ukulele.
Here's what you can expect to learn:
Part I: Getting Up To Speed On the Essentials
- Learn how a ukulele is tuned, how to tune your ukulele by ear, and how to use a chromatic tuner
- Discover the best way to hold the ukulele and prevent the "diving ukulele" problem when changing chords
- Find the right strumming technique to achieve a clear, crisp strumming tone
Part II: Developing a Strong Foundation For Strumming
- Learn the "king" of all strumming patterns that works for every song and never fails
- Unlock how strumming patterns are counted to keep steady, consistent rhythm
- Make learning a new song easier and quicker
- Switch chords without hesitating, pausing, or stopping altogether
- Create your very own strumming pattern rhythms
- Give your strumming dynamics, expression and musicality
- Make sense of standard chord chart with lyrics
- Find the right strumming pattern for any song
- Improve your ability to sing and play at the same time
Part III: Making Strumming More Intricate With Variations
- Strum faster without getting sloppier
- Use the thumb for a cool "thumb and strum" effect
- Learn to play syncopated strumming patterns
- Make songs sound more musical by varying the strumming pattern for certain parts of the song
- Add feeling and groove to a strumming pattern by swinging the beat
- Practice rhythm exercises that allow you to create and play more complicated strumming rhythms
- Learn how to count complex strumming pattern rhythms that use sixteenth notes
- Accent beats in a strumming pattern to create a rhythmic "pulse"
Part IV: Creating Percussive Strumming Rhythms
- Add a cool percussive rhythm to your strumming with the muting technique
- Position your fingers to get the best muting sound
- Learn a muting technique to play Jason Mraz's hit-song "I'm Yours"
- Strengthen your timing, strumming speed, and internal clock with additional rhythm exercises
- Execute fast, consecutive sixteenth note strums like those heard in Noah and the Whale's famous song "Five Years Time"
Part V: Taking All You've Learned and Playing Must-Know Songs
- Discover how varying the tempo of a song changes the overall feel and emotion of a song
- Play the classic ukulele song "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue"
- Continue to build up strumming speed, accuracy, and consistency with rhythm exercises
- Use multiple strumming patterns throughout one song in a musical, intentional way
- Tackle more complicated chords with confidence
- Apply various strumming patterns to playing the famous ukulele song "Ain't She Sweet"
- Play the dreaded E chord and other tough barre chords
- Take on "Hey, Soul Sister" in the original key of E, like in the original recording (or play the easy version too!)
Part VI: Learning Strumming Patterns and Songs In 3/4 Time Signature
- Adjust to songs played in an alternate time signature and count
- Create varied strumming patterns in 3/4 time signature
- Use accents to "shape" a strumming pattern
- Make a strumming pattern sound "waltzy"
- Play syncopated strumming patterns in 3/4 time signature
- Swing the beat to create a toe-tappin' groove
"I loved [Ukulele Strumming Tricks]! I was so happy to have been able to play some songs and because the chords taught were for beginners. I was able to find songs I loved that had these chords and started playing them too."
– Niki T.
Don't Make the Mistake of Not Having a Plan As a Beginning Ukulele Player
Some of the best lessons and resources for learning ukulele are freely available. In fact, we offer some excellent free ukulele lesson resources on our website.
But free lessons and teaching yourself only gets you so far.
With free information, you're left with daunting task of figuring out what to learn next and how to make real progress all by yourself.
This can be frustrating if you're looking to make the fastest amount of progress in the shortest period of time.
Needless to say, it's hard to do it alone.
With Strumming Tricks, no longer are you losing time and forming bad habits. You get clear, concise, and focused instruction presented in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format. You get a clear roadmap to ukulele success, knowing exactly what you should be practicing to improve your skills.
"I am a big believer in your lessons. I have friends who have just learned on there own from a mish mash of YouTube people. They don't have the fundamentals down and they get frustrated when they can't do a song. They try to start with stuff that is too hard at first. Your lessons have saved me from all of that frustration."
– Jeff J.
Diving Deeper: Strumming Tricks Helps You Become a Better Ukulele Player In 7 Key Areas
"I would recommend this class to others who are learning uke. Chords are easier to learn than strumming and I learned when starting to play that the right hand (strumming) is actually more important than the left hand. There are not a lot of resources to help learn strumming and this one is pretty complete!"
– Phil M.
As you can see, there's no shortage of awesome content in Strumming Tricks. This is a full, comprehensive online video course designed for beginners, taking you step-by-step to becoming a master of strumming and rhythm on the ukulele.
More than that though, you learn key, practical skills that equip you to go well beyond this course and play your favorite songs with confidence.
Let's look at a few key skills you'll pick up.
1.) Figure Out the Right Strumming Pattern For Any Song
This course is more than just learning a handful of strumming patterns.
Strumming Tricks allows you to develop a firm foundation for strumming and rhythm on the ukulele. By the end of the course, you have the skills to be able to approach any song and find a strumming pattern that works and sounds musical.
This means, after you complete this course, you can take the knowledge and skills you've gained and apply these principles to playing literally thousands of songs!
2.) Change Chords Without Hesitating or Stopping
One of the biggest challenges for beginners is keeping a steady strumming pattern while changing chords. In Strumming Tricks, you learn how to change to and from chords while keeping a steady strumming rhythm.
3.) Learn How to Play Famous, Well-Known Songs
While you learn underlying techniques and ways of thinking about strumming and playing the ukulele, Strumming Tricks isn’t just a bunch of theory mumbo-jumbo either. It’s about experiencing the joy of making real music on the ukulele.
Throughout the course, you learn practical strumming patterns and chord positions and take those to play famous, well-known songs on the ukulele.
Don't worry if you're starting out as a complete beginner. The songs at the beginning of the course are simple and easy-to-learn. As you go farther through the course, gaining new skills and confidence, the songs become even more rewarding to learn and play.
In total, you learn 15 insanely useful and versatile strumming patterns that can be used to play a wide variety of different songs. In this course, you take those strumming patterns, apply your skills, and learn 18 different songs on the ukulele including famous songs like: “Hey, Soul Sister”, “I’m Yours”, “Ain’t She Sweet” and many more.
By the end of the course, you won’t just have bunch of strumming patterns and techniques under your belt, you’ll be making actual music!
4.) Sing and Play at the Same Time With Ease
Do you ever have it where you’re strumming nice and steady, but then, once you start singing, the strumming falls apart and you lose it?
Not to worry. It happens to the best of us.
Throughout this course, you learn specific ways you can practice singing and playing at the same time while keeping a steady and consistent strumming rhythm.
5.) Strum Faster Without Getting Sloppier
Strumming and rhythm on the ukulele is all about keeping that steady, consistent timing.
You can play the fastest and most complicated strumming rhythm, but if it’s played out of time, you’ve defeated the purpose of strumming.
In Strumming Tricks, learn how to speed up your strumming and make things more complicated without getting sloppier.
6.) Make Your Strumming Percussive With Muting
Strumming is more than just a pattern of down and up strums. There are ways of strumming the ukulele to give your rhythm a whole new sound.
One such way is muting. Muting is a really cool strumming technique that adds a percussive sound and rhythm to your strumming.
Learn the tricks to master this funky and cool-sounding muting technique and how you can apply it to playing different songs, including the popular song "I'm Yours".
7.) Practice Rhythm Exercises to Make Your Strumming Rock-Steady
Throughout Strumming Tricks, you learn five different rhythm exercises that help make your strumming steadier, more consistent, sharper and faster.
These exercises are designed to challenge you, thinking outside the box with rhythm, and overall, make you a better ukulele player.
"I became a proficient player and play in two advanced ukulele groups and play at events we are invited as a group such as senior centers and benefit events."
– Rod P.
Save Hundreds of Dollars Learning with Strumming Tricks
Many people choose to learn to play ukulele with Strumming Tricks because of the time and money they save.
Here's some simple math to consider:
Your average private ukulele lesson costs you as much as $30 - $50 per hour or more, depending on the quality of the instructor. To ensure you see improvement in your playing, it's essential to be practicing weekly over the course of the next couple months.
If you do a once-a-week lesson over the span of three months (12 weeks) at $50 per lesson, you spend as much as $600 or more to improve your playing.
And if you continue your instruction for another three months double that $600.
I love private lessons and recommend them to my students certain times. For some, it's a good fit, but there can be downsides.
For example, with private lessons, recalling what you learned in the week past can be much more difficult. It's not uncommon to forget things your instructor showed you in the last lesson, which means more time spent refreshing yourself in the next session (more time equals more money).
With Strumming Tricks, you're able to go at your own pace, rewatch the video lessons as many times as you need, as well as print and save worksheets to help reinforce and remember the things you're learning.
And for those inevitable questions that come up as you're learning, you get access to a supportive discussion area, allowing you to ask your toughest questions and receive encouragement from me.
All this allows you to see real progress as a ukulele player.
"THANK YOU for creating this! I travel a lot so an 'in person' teacher wouldn't be possible. This course is just like having a personal instructor at your disposal whenever your time suits."
– Twila K.
Here's What You Get With Strumming Tricks
Upon purchase, you register your very own Ukulele Tricks member account. This special member account gives you complete access to the entire Strumming Tricks online course contents in a private, members-only area of Ukulele Tricks.
Go at your own pace and access the course anywhere and anytime from your computer or mobile device. All you need is an internet connection.
Note: For your benefit, the Strumming Tricks course never expires and there are absolutely no renewal fees attached to this course.
Once you're a member, you're always a member... for life!
In the Strumming Tricks course, you get:
180+ Minutes High-Definition Video
Every video lesson is shot in high-definition, so you can see exactly what’s going on. Watch the lessons in full screen view to get an even better picture. All videos are compatible with your computer or mobile devices.
100+ Pages Lesson Worksheets
There is a lot of content jam-packed in the course. Rest assured–everything is organized in a very easy-to-follow, step-by-step way. For each lesson, there's a printer-friendly worksheet with charts, diagrams, pictures, practice objectives, helpful instruction, and much more.
Exclusive Members Discussion Area
Interact with thousands of other Strumming Tricks members. For every lesson, there is a place to post your questions and comments that might come up during the lesson. This area is often just as or more valuable than the actual lesson itself, filled with with additional tips, tricks, and encouragement.
Personalized Support From Your Teacher
With Strumming Tricks, you get 100% free direct support from me (Brett McQueen). This means if you have any questions or run into any difficulties along the way, post your question in the member area or send me an email, and I will respond.
Frequently Asked Questions
"Will this course work for me? Will I be able to see progress?"
Strumming Tricks is more than just a bunch of great information about playing the ukulele. After all, if you're looking for great information, you can find free lessons on YouTube.
Strumming Tricks is more than that.
As a whole, all the lessons in the course build and progress on one another in an organized, step-by-step way. This is an intentionally designed course with hundreds of hours invested from myself to help stretch you and make it so you're seeing actual improvement through each lesson in the course.
More importantly, each lesson is easy-to-follow. At the end of each lesson, you get specific practice objectives to make progress with your skills and get to the next lesson. This way, you know exactly what you need to be practicing to improve.
"How much prior knowledge is assumed?"
Strumming Tricks is designed and organized purposefully, so anyone can jump right in and start learning, even if you've never played ukulele before in your life. The beginning of the course starts with the absolute basics progressing to more advanced concepts later in the course.
With the slow, easy-to-follow pace, you can be sure I won't leave you in the dust.
"How much time does this course take?"
This course is designed so you can go at your own pace. Some lessons might only take 30 minutes of practice to complete, while others might take longer. This is normal and everyone's different. The key is to plug away bit by bit. I recommend practicing at least 15 minutes per day.
Keep in mind, to see real progress in your ukulele playing, you don't need to practice hours upon hours each day. The key is to be consistent and to focus your practice on the right things, which I give you in Strumming Tricks. Practicing just 10-15 minutes a day will be much more effective than practicing for 4 long hours once every few weeks.
"What if I fall behind?"
We understand that life can bring about unexpected surprises that would take you away from practicing the ukulele consistently. For this reason, you get lifetime access to all the lessons in the Strumming Tricks course allowing you to review any previous lesson and catch up on your skills.
"How does an online course like Strumming Tricks work? Do you ship anything to me?"
If you've never been apart of an online course like Strumming Tricks, it's really easy-to-use! Here's how it works.
The entire contents (videos, worksheets and discussion area) of Strumming Tricks are accessed in a private, simple-to-use online member area on UkuleleTricks.com.
Upon purchasing the course, you register your very own username and password giving you exclusive access to this member area. In the member area, all the lessons in Strumming Tricks are organized allowing you to stream the videos, download the lesson worksheet, and interact in each lesson's private discussion area.
You're able to conveniently access the online member area from your computer or mobiles devices anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection.
In this way, we do not ship you in the mail any physical contents, which means as soon as you register, you can start the lessons right away!
"How is Strumming Tricks different than other ukulele teachers/online courses/books on the market?"
Unlike other courses, where you get a bunch of random and unrelated lessons, Strumming Tricks is designed in a thoughtful, easy-to-follow way. Not only that though, I really empathize with beginning students who seek teachers who are actually invested in their progress as a student and aren't just about showing off or bragging.
Before I taught ukulele, I was also a student. In reality, I still consider myself as a student–always trying to improve and learn new things about the ukulele.
But, as I'm sure you've experienced, there is nothing more infuriating than to encounter teachers who are more concerned with showing off their skills and bragging than investing in your progress as a student.
In this way, in Strumming Tricks, I make every effort to commit to really helping you see actual progress in your playing. So much so, there is a discussion area underneath each lesson, where I personally interact with you and helping you with any questions or hiccups along the way.
"I have improved my playing and really enjoy the lessons. Brett does a great job of teaching. I like being able to revisit lessons. I like how Brett starts slowly then builds up speed. He is very encouraging. You can tell that he loves to play and teach the ukulele."
– Margaret D.
An Unbeatable Guarantee: Try Strumming Tricks For a Whole Year, 100% Risk-Free
I promise that if you follow along with each lesson and put in practice, you'll become a better ukulele player with Strumming Tricks. So much so that, I'm backing the course with a 365-day, 100% money-back guarantee.
You have nothing to lose.
This means, if for whatever reason you try Strumming Tricks and decide it's not for you, send me an email within one year of your purchase and I will refund your money no questions asked.
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