Four Finger, Single Note, Single String Gymnastic Variations

PUBLISHED: Jun 24, 2013 • UPDATED: Dec 26, 2014 • LESSON CODE: UL08-basic-4v • VISITS: 10

ukulele Subjects: advancedtechniquegymnasticsfingering

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Four Finger, Single Note, Single String Gymnastic Variations

All the basic single string one, two, three and four finger gymnastics can be revisited and variations created by moving note to higher strings. Rhythmic variation are also possible.

This lesson takes the original four finger-four notes single string gymnastics and creates adjacent string variations.

Next Steps

After the basic single note drills the next steps all depend on where you are in your development and any particular technique issues you might want to work on. Try the open string, pairs, barre, repeating note and chord drills.

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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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Switching chords are all about finger independence and working together. This can be developed using the double stop fingering drills presented in this lesson.

double stop is a term borrowed from violin technique where you are stopping two strings or two notes - an interval.

Double Stop Chordal Drills

These series of drills develop finger independence and finger co-operation in pairs. The term double stop is borrowed from the violin string family and simply means that two notes are stopped and sound together.

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