Ultimate Strumming Course – Basic Strumming

6 Videos (27 min total)

I created this course to break down strumming in a way that removes any guesswork. Whether you are new to the ukulele, or have struggled with even the most basic strum patterns, this method will allow you to confidently learn several basic patterns in a way that just works. I’ve never had a student who couldn’t go zero to strumming with this method.


Basic Strumming Videos:
1. How to Hold Your Ukulele – Complete instruction on proper positioning
2. Strumming Essentials – How to get comfortable with the right motions
3. How to Read Strum Patterns – Demystifying basic strum pattern symbols
4. Your First Strumming Pattern – A simple but effective pattern
5. The Calypso Pattern – One of the most common ukulele strumming patterns
6. The Waltz Pattern – A challenging but useful pattern to test your skill

About Matt:

Matt Dahlberg is an ukulele teacher and performer based in Seattle, Washington. A former student of Aldrine Guerrero, Matt has gone on to become a much sought after ukulele instructor teacher over 4000 lessons over the course of the past 6 years. Recalling his own struggles learning to strum the ukulele, Matt has developed his own method of teaching beginners how to master strumming. If you’ve been struggling with strumming and strumming patterns, Matt’s Ultimate Strumming Course might be just what you have been looking for.

Matt Dahlberg

Hi, I’m Matt, and welcome to my store! I love the ukulele. The only thing I enjoy more than playing it, is helping other people learn to play things they thought they never could. Ever since my gameboy ran out of batteries on my grandpa’s boat, I’ve been totally obsessed with the ukulele. It is small enough to carry anywhere, but can play anything with the right mindset and approach! The instrument didn’t make sense to me at first, and that was the appeal. It was a challenge to overcome – each and every technique, chord, and song. When I was in college, I studied music and I brought my ukulele to every class I had with the intent of cracking the code and learning how it all worked. The internet also proved to be an incredible resource with sites such as Ukulele Underground being my best teachers! The ‘aha’ moments were my absolute favorite part of learning. I started as a performer, but I was never very comfortable as one. Playing in front of people was nerve-wracking! Teaching on the other hand, is something I’m absolutely obsessed with. Since 2010, I’ve been teaching the ukulele online through programs such as Skype and it has been the best job and career I could have ever hoped for. Helping people break through challenges and find those ‘aha’ moments, just like I did when I was learning, is what I live for! Building lesson plans for each person has taught me so much about people and that everyone learns in their own unique way. The best part about one-on-one lessons is adapting to each individual’s way of learning. I’m fortunate enough to have taught thousands of lessons and even been featured in the NY Times for my online teaching. I couldn’t imagine doing anything that I would enjoy more than sharing the ukulele with as many people as possible! Thank you so much for visiting my store page, Matt


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  1. I ordered this after your webinar on UU, it’s been great. I did the basic strumming videos over the weekend and they were fantastic, I made a ton of progress, and finally nailed the Calypso Pattern. Your beat box technique made it much more clear. Fantastic course and I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in learning ukulele.


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