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Blues Ukulele - Technique

All available lessons, players, and listing tagged with the subject/topic of "Blues".

What is Technique?

cartoon_hand_RHMusical technique is simply the physical aspect of playing a musical instrument. The ability to exert efficient, optimal control in order to produce the precise musical effects that are desired. Improving one's technique generally entails practicing exercises that improve one's muscular sensitivity and agility. Technique is independent of musicality.

To play the guitar or ukulele effectively, your fingers need strength, agility, flexibility and coordination.

Here's Wikipedia's definition of Technique:

Technique is the physical control and coordination needed to play an instrument or sing. It involves position, efficiency of motion and effort, as well as exercises to develop specific skills.
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Technique

Technique is the physical side of the instrument. Beginning with fundamentals like fingering hand position. Technique is pretty mucj style agnostic and transferable to a wide range of styles and genres.

For guitar one aspect is using a pick, the pick hold and the picking motion.

Fingerstyle on the ukulele and guitar can and should also be explored.

Strength, independence, coordination and endurance need to be developed for the both the right and left hand, regardless whether using a pick or fingerstyle, or the hybrid technique of pick and fingers.

All aspects of right and left hand technique can developed through a series of graduated exercises to develop this strength, independence, coordination and endurance. The mechanical emphasis is just the beginning. Once you have a grip on the physical skills, you graduate into musical technique. Scales, arpeggios, intervals and sequences are all explored through the six essential fingering principles. The goal of these studies is to give you the control you need to play what you hear.

No Movement - No Sound

cartoon_hand_RHThe right hand, for right hand players and left hand for left hand players, is responsible for getting the strings moving – No movement - no sound.

Strings can be plucked, picked, strummed and any combination of the same to get the strings moving.

Pick up your ukulele and finger a C chord. Nothing happens until you get the strings moving. Everybody sounds the same until they get the strings moving.

An interviewer once told the great guitarist, Chet Atkins. “That guitar sounds great”. Chet put the guitar down and then asked “How's it sound now?”

Initially my fingerstyle technique was limited to Bossa Nova style accompaniment using fingers that I learned as a jazz guitarist. It wasn't until I started developing my concert repertoire for ukulele that I really started exploring legit fingerstyle technique. With 20 plus years as a private guitar, bass and ukulele teacher, and up to 60 students a week at times. I know the value of dedicated practice when it comes to learning a specific instrument techniques.

So I set out to explore fingerstyle and incorporate in to my playing repertoire.

Fingerpicking can be organized into two styles:

  • Alternating Thumb Style — a strumming style that utilizes the thumb and two fingers. on guitar it's called Travis Picking and on banjo it's Scruggs Style
  • Classical Guitar Technique — uses the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers. The traditional p i m a classical guitar technique.

Left Hand

cartoon_hand_LHThe Left Hand is the fretting hand, responsible for fingering notes and chords on the fingerboard.

The names of the left hand fingers are identified using Arabic numbers: 1 2 3 4. For guitar and ukulele the thumb doesn't count as it's main role is in support of the fingers applying an opposite and equal motion to the fingers.

Right Hand

cartoon_handThe Right Hand is responsible for plucking or strumming the strings. Either using a pick, fingers or a combination of a pick and fingers.

If you're studying classical guitar these would be initial p i m a of their corresponding Spanish names. We're not so we'll use the English initials thumb, index, middle ring, pinky

Technique Lessons

Here are all the lessons tagged covering technique.

Advanced Single Note Fingering Drills for `Ukulele • Updated: Jan 4, 2016

Series of graduated drills or finger gymnastics for finger independence and strength.

Basic Single Note Drills for `Ukulele • Updated: Sep 30, 2010

Basic one, two, three and four note single string drills for ukulele for developing finger strength and independence.

Four Finger-Four Note Basic Single String Fingering Drills for `Ukulele • Updated: Mar 20, 2020

These four finger-four note drills are designed to get your fretting hand in shape.

Fingerstyle on `Ukulele - Single and Multi String Exploration • Updated: Oct 17, 2011

Single and multi-string exercises for exploring fingerstyle on `Ukulele.

`Ukulele String Combinations • Updated: Mar 22, 2012

All possible single and multiple ukulele string combinations.

Chord Switching - Double Stops • Updated: Apr 27, 2014

Switching chords are all about finger independence and working together.

Proper Fretting Hand Placement • Updated: Feb 7, 2020

Efficiency is the key to proper fretting hand technique.

Three Finger-Three Note Basic Single String Fingering Drills for `Ukulele • Updated: Jan 24, 2013

Developing physical strength, agility, flexibility and coordination.

Two Finger-Two Note Basic Single String Fingering Drills for `Ukulele • Updated: Jan 17, 2020

Developing physical strength, agility, flexibility and coordination.

One Finger-One Note Basic Single String Fingering Drills for `Ukulele • Updated: May 17, 2019

Developing physical strength, agility, flexibility and coordination.

Repeating Note - Four Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 1-2-1-2 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note Single String Fingering Drills • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Four Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 1-3-1-2 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Four Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 1-4-1-2 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Four Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 2-3-1-2 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Four Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 2-4-1-2 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Four Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 3-4-1-3 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Four Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 2-1-1-2 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Four Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 3-1-1-2 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Four Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 4-1-1-2 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Four Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 3-2-1-2 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Four Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 4-2-1-2 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Five Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 1-2-1-2-3 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Five Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 1-3-1-2-3 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Five Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 1-4-1-2-3 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Five Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 2-3-1-2-3 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Five Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 2-4-1-2-3 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Five Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 3-4-1-2-3 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Five Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 2-1-1-2-3 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Five Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 3-1-1-2-3 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Five Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 4-1-1-2-3 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Five Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 3-2-1-2-3 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Five Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 4-2-1-2-3 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Five Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 4-3-1-2-3 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Repeating Note - Four Note, Single String Fingering Drills Starting with Fingers 4-3-1-3 • Updated: Feb 26, 2013

Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics.

Open String, Two Finger Single Strings Fingering Drills • Updated: Mar 10, 2013

Open String, Two Finger Single Strings Fingering Drills • Updated: Mar 10, 2013

Four Finger, Single Note, Single String Gymnastic Variations • Updated: Dec 26, 2014

Fingering Gymnastics - a.k.a. Fingering Drills Introduction • Updated: Dec 18, 2018

Adjacent String Pairs Fingering Drills • Updated: Mar 9, 2017

Developing Your Finger One Barre • Updated: Jun 11, 2019

Covering more than one string with the same finger.

Fingerpicking on Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style • Updated: Jan 23, 2020

Two Finger Slide Fingering Drills for `Ukulele • Updated: Jul 23, 2013

Three Finger Slide Fingering Drills for `Ukulele • Updated: Jul 23, 2013

Two Finger Pass Fingering Drills for `Ukulele • Updated: Jul 23, 2013

Four Finger Slide Fingering Drills for Ukulele • Updated: Jun 23, 2014

Fingerpicking for Ukulele - Getting Started • Updated: Jun 20, 2019

The two distinctly different fingerpicking styles.

How To Use Metronome • Updated: Jun 11, 2019

The question is NOT whether to use a metronome - it's HOW to use a metronome.

Guitar (applies to `Ukulele also) Fingering and Creativity • Updated: Jan 8, 2016

A guest lesson/article by internationally renowned jazz guitarist and educator Chuck Anderson.

Essential `Ukulele Strums - A Guide to `Ukulele Strums • Updated: Feb 24, 2016

Reading Music - The Basics • Updated: Feb 27, 2016

Music is a common language used world wide and recognized by musicians.

Technique • Updated: Apr 5, 2019

The manner and degree to which one employs the technical skills of an endeavor as applied to `ukulele.

First `Ukulele Lesson • Updated: Sep 22, 2016

This is a scan of a typical first lesson that ALL students new to the ukulele might get in one of my private one-on-one lessons.

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