Herman Vandecauter has been very kind to create two videos explaining how to play rasgueado on the ukulele. Rasgueado means ‘strummed’ in Spanish but it is also used to describe a flamenco strumming technique designed originally for the guitar.
Although this technique might look dead simple when you watch Herman play it, it does take a while to get it right. I’ve only just started to learn the technique and the first time I tried to play a rasgueado, I think I got the worst sound ever out of my Fluke. I even feared I’d break my strings.
Don’t worry too much if you feel like your brain doesn’t manage to control your fingers. It does get better with practice. Herman recommends practising rasgueado against a piece of cardboard first as demonstrated in his first video :
Once you feel you have mastered the technique, move on to the uke. Try to get a clean rhytmical strum. To help you achieve this, Herman strongly recommends the use of a metronome. A free web metronome can be found here.
Here is Herman‘s demonstration of the Rasgueado :
Many thanks to Herman for creating those tutorials !
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