Alternating Thumb Style, Building a Solid Foundation - The Basics

The Alternating Thumb part of the style.

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As the subtitle of this Fingerpicking Basics lesson for Ukulele implies, this lesson’s focus is on the alternating thumb part of the style. Commonly called Travis Picking on guitar and Scrugg's Style for banjo. For guitar it’s an alternating bass note style with the thumb playing the lower, bass notes. For ukulele, without any real bass notes, the thumb handles the lower two strings, four and three.

The alternating thumb fingerpicking style works in any tuning.

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