Strumming and Fingerpicking the Ukulele

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Playing Your Ukulele Using Strumming Notation

After you master the basics of playing your ukulele, you’re going to want to fancy things up a bit with some strumming. Like chord diagrams, strumming notation [more…]

How to Fingerpick Your Ukulele

To fingerpick your ukulele, instead of strumming your fingers along the strings, you pluck the strings individually. Each of the fingers of your picking hand [more…]

How to Produce Vibrato on Your Ukulele

Vibrato is a warble added to the end of a note and is very reminiscent of vocals. Vibrato gives a note more warmth and vibrancy. With your ukulele, you can create vibrato in two ways: [more…]

How to Fingerpick the Up-and-Down Pattern on Your Ukulele

The up-and-down fingerpicking pattern for ukulele reverses the simple up pattern and goes back down the strings. So you play the g, C, E then A in sequence, then you come back down the strings playing [more…]

Using Your Thumb to Fingerpick Your Ukulele

In alternate picking, you fingerpick your ukulele with your thumb. This method may be confusing grammatically but sounds nice on your uke. Be prepared, though: Your thumb really gets a workout. [more…]

How to Play Hammer-on Notes on Your Ukulele

Playing a hammer-on enables you to move from a lower note to a higher note without replucking a string on your ukulele — or any stringed instrument, for that matter. To play a hammer-on: [more…]

How to Play Pull-off Notes on Your Ukulele

To play a pull-off on your ukulele, you transition from a higher note to a lower one without re-picking. In tab, a pull-off is shown as a tie between the notes with a [more…]

Using a Pick and Tremolo Picking on Your Ukulele

Generally, you don’t use a pick to play a ukulele, but sometimes a pick can get you a sound you can’t otherwise achieve, such as a tremolo. The harsh tone of a pick that makes it sound terrible for strumming [more…]

Strum a Ukulele the Right Way

You use your dominant arm (that is, the right arm if you’re right-handed) to strum your ukulele . The fretting hand may get all the glory and do all the fancy work, but the strumming hand is most important [more…]

How to Play Muted Strums, or Chnks, on Your Ukulele

Chnks are muted strums and are great ways to add variety to the sound of your ukulele strumming. You play them as down strums, but instead of letting the chord ring, you immediately bring the underside [more…]

How to Fingerpick the Up Pattern on Your Ukulele

Even with just four strings to use, the ukulele provides a huge variety of fingerpicking patterns to play. The simplest pattern of all goes up through the strings one at a time, as shown in this tab pattern [more…]

How to Bend Notes on Your Ukulele

You play a bend on your ukulele by grabbing the string and pushing it across the neck. This action increases the tension in the string and therefore raises the pitch. To play a bend, [more…]

The Swiss Army Ukulele Strum

When you find yourself stuck for a ukulele strumming pattern, the Swiss army strum is a good one to pick because it fits so many songs really well. Plus, you can play it fast or slow. [more…]

How to Simultaneously Fingerpick More than One Note on Your Ukulele

Picking two notes on your ukulele at the same time creates a beautiful shimmering effect. As with regular picking, in simultaneous picking, you pick down with your thumb and up with your fingers. [more…]

How to Slide Notes on Your Ukulele

A slide is a way of transitioning between notes by shifting a finger along the ukulele string. Slides can transition between two fretted notes in either direction along the string. A big advantage of slides [more…]

Getting Rhythm with 'Chnking' on Ukulele

The ukulele has four strings, so creating rhythmic interest with 'chnking' keeps an audience engaged. [more…]

How to Strum a Ukulele

The first step to finger picking is knowing how to strum the ukulele. Using your nail on the down stroke, and your finger on the upstroke, you'll have the pattern down in no time! [more…]

Strumming a Ukulele, Swiss-Army Style

At a loss for what to strum on your ukulele. Try the Swiss-Army strum on the ukulele, just like the knife, it's useful in lots of situations. [more…]

Strumming a Ukulele in 3/4 time

Many songs on ukulele are in 3/4 time. Understanding 3/4 time opens up a whole host of songs you can play on ukulele. [more…]

Shifting Hand Positions on a Ukulele

Shifting hand positions on ukulele can seem daunting, but after this quick video you'll have it down in no time. [more…]

Strumming Up Melody and Chords on Ukulele

On ukulele, you can play melody and chords together by adding in the melody notes while you play the chords. [more…]

Strumming Between Melody and Chords on Ukulele

On ukulele, you can combine melody and chords in a variety of ways. In this tutorial you see how to pick the melody and in the gaps between you strum the chords. [more…]

Ukulele: Moving On to Alternate Picking

Alternate picking is a slightly more advanced type of picking on ukulele. [more…]

Ukulele Techniques: Hammering On and Pulling Off

On ukulele, when you're picking out melodies, you don't need to play every note. Hammer on and pulling off are two ways to change [more…]

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