Fingerpicking for Ukulele - Getting Started

The _two_ distinctly different fingerpicking styles.

Published: 01 May 2013 Updated: 20 Jun 2019Visits: 127Code: UL112b

INSTRUMENTS: Fingerpicking Main: Ukulele Others: Ukulele
Subjects: Technique • Fingerpicking • Classical

LESSONSeries : Exploring Fingerpicking Technique on `Ukulele

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Fingerpicking for Ukulele - Getting Started


There are two distinctly different Fingerpicking Styles.

One is the "Alternating Thumb Style" commonly called "Travis Picking" in the guitar world and "Scruggs Style" in the banjo world. Both named after the most famous musicians that made the style famous.

Second is the based on the Classical Guitar Technique using the thumb and three fingers. Often reffered to as "pima", the Spanish and Portegeuse names for the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. This style. most associated with classical guitar and can be applied to the ukulele as well.

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