If you are going to play good Ukulele songs you need to know chunking, how to “Chunk” or mute. It is probably the coolest trick you can learn!
A Chunk ads a percussive click, or sound, to your strumming, and makes the song more interesting. Its like clapping your hands, but you do it with you strings on your Ukulele.
If you want to play the Ukulele this technique is something you need to learn in addition to chords, progressions and strumming patterns. The chunk is also something you need to play in some of the patterns. Any way, this will immediately bring your playing to a more “professional” level.
If you already can one chunking method, you also can try out the other methods as mentioned below
Sometimes Chunking are written as Chnking, Chucking or Choking or even just called “palm muting”, but it all is the same.
How to Chunk
What is so the chunk technique? It is made by strumming down and quickly followed by muting the strings. All in one motion.
There are several different methods for muting. You can use you thumb, your palm or your fingers. The effect, or sound, will be about the same.
It is most notewothy that you don’t use much force and don’t hit you ukulele hard, or dig your fingers into the strings, on your down-strumming.
In strumming patterns chunking is normally marked as an X. Example: DUXUDUXU
For chunking/muting with your thumb:
With your Palm:
With one finger and your palm:
Try out the different methods and find out witch one that is best for your playing. When you have practised for a while you will find out that this technique isn’t hard at all, and you will very soon be chunking as a pro.