Four Finger-Four Note Basic Single String Fingering Drills for `Ukulele

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

Published: Mar 22, 2011 Updated: Oct 20, 2015 Visits: 1

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To play the ukulele effectively, your fingers need physical strength, agility, flexibility and coordination. This four finger-four note drill is designed to get your hands in shape. These exercises work no matter what style of ukulele you play or want to play.


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Tips and Technique Suggestions

As these drills don't really sound that musical. They can be played while watching TV or riding a stationary bike. Their main goal is to get in a lot of reps and develop your chops.

  • Keep your finger tips pointing to the strings. That's their job, to play notes.
  • Keep your fingers close to the strings, ready to go. Your fingers need to be over the frets and string that they are currently playing or going to play. Four fingers can cover four frets.
  • Always play in-control and accurate. This is easy to accomplish if you do the drills SLOW and in-control.
  • If the next note is higher and on the same string, keep the current finger down – No need to release the string just to press is down again.
  • Do ALL drills ascending and descending, the same drill. 1234 ascending and 4321 descending are different drills. There are 24 distant four finger possibilities.
  • Start on different frets.
  • Start on string one and play descending then ascending.
  • Do a sub set of the strings. Get really good at strings one and two then add string three, etc. Build on a solid foundation.

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