Fingerpicking for Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style, 2nd Edition

A technique of playing by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips, fingernails, or fingerpicks.

PUBLISHED: Jul 10, 2019 • UPDATED: Nov 15, 2019 • LESSON CODE: UKEFP01v2 • VISITS: 51

ANY guitar ukulele Subjects: beginnerintermediateadvancedscalesintervalstheorychords

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Fingerpicking for Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style, 2nd Edition

Product Code: UKEFP01v2
Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Published: 2019-07-10
ISBN-10: 1-60321-091-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-091-1
Size: 8.5 x 11
Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 102
Price, Hard Copy: $19.95
Price, PDF: $9

Fingerstyle or Fingerpicking is the technique of playing by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips, fingernails, or picks.

Fingerpicking for Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style focuses on the alternating thumb fingerpicking style through a series of graduated lessons-chapters incorporating your index and middle fingers with the alternating thumb.

For ukulele, it's common to employ a hybrid approach that incorporates elements of fingerpicking with strumming techniques. Fingerpicking can be organized into two styles: An alternating thumb style that uses the thumb and two fingers. And, the Traditional classical fingerstyle that uses the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers. Fingerpicking for Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style focuses on the alternating thumb fingerpicking style through a series of graduated lessons-chapters incorporating your index and middle fingers with the alternating thumb.

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