Alternating Thumb Style, Patterns Summary

Summary of the core Alternating Thumb fingerpicking patterns.

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Summary of the core Alternating Thumb patterns from the Alternating Thumb Fingerpicking for Ukulele book.

At the heart of all fingerpicking patterns, whether you call it Travis Picking or Scruggs Style or banjo rolls - it's all just a different execution of specific rhythmic patterns in a particular style.

Here are the core fingerpicking patterns from my book "Fingerpicking for Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style". These are the same patterns I use for all private students, regardless of the instrument.

After the foundation of the alternating thumb is established the fingerpicking patterns are organized into levels according the number of fingers involved with the alternating thumb. For the basic style it's the index ( i ) and middle ( m ) fingers only and the number of times within a pattern the finger is used.

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