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Technique

The manner and degree to which one employs the technical skills of an endeavor as applied to `ukulele.

PUBLISHED: Mar 2, 2016 UPDATED: Apr 5, 2019VIEWS: 13 • LESSON CODE: UL401

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: chordstechniquegymnasticsfingering

Technique

Technique is the manner and degree to which one employs the technical skills of an endeavor.

For ukulele or any instrument that use of the hands, it's the motor skills and the efficient application of the motor skills for the specific musical tasks that are needed and required for performance.

Technique in involves with hands, the fretting hand and the plucking or picking hand. Both hands need to be developed independently and together.

As the ukulele typically doesn't use a pick a strumming and fingerstyle approach is most often used.

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Ukulele Fingering Gymnastics

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Related Lessons

Related Lessons for Technique at this time.

Adjacent String Pairs Fingering Drills • Updated: Mar 9, 2017

Building on the one, two, three and four finger finger gymnastics, these adjacent strings drills add a change of direction to the exercises.

Advanced Single Note Fingering Drills for `Ukulele • Updated: Jan 4, 2016

To develop strong and independent left hand technique these series of graduated drills or finger gymnastics will increase your the comfort zone of usable technique. This lesson expands basic single string drills using multiple strings.

Basic Single Note Drills for `Ukulele • Updated: Sep 30, 2010

Basic one, two, three and four note single string drills for ukulele for developing finger strength and independence. It's critical a player develop the finger strength and independence to explore their full musical potential. By developing a great fingerboard hand, you will be able to explore more challenging musical situations.

Developing Your Single Note Picking • Updated: Mar 21, 2011

Developing you single note picking starts with holding the pick properly, choosing the proper size and material and actually working on picking on your guitar.

Fingering Gymnastics - a.k.a. Fingering Drills Introduction • Updated: Dec 18, 2018

Ukulele Gymnastics series contains quite a few lessons for developing your finger strength and independence of the fretting hand. The fretting hand is responsible for playing chords and single notes. The fretting hand and plucking hand are responsible for getting the music out.

Guitar (applies to `Ukulele also) Fingering and Creativity • Updated: Jan 8, 2016

This is a guest lesson/article by internationally renowned jazz guitarist and educator Chuck Anderson. Normally, we think of fingering as a technical subject. Using a good and efficient fingering makes sense. It should make anything that you play easier and more dependable.

Repeating Note - Single String Fingering Drills Conclusion • Updated: Dec 5, 2015

At this point you can create any number of you own repeating note gymnastics to work on specific problem areas you might be having.

Related Books

Related Books for Technique at this time.

Fingerpicking for Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style
Updated: Aug 7, 2018

Fingerstyle or Fingerpicking is the technique of playing by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips, fingernails, or fingerpicks. Fingerpicking for Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style focuses on the alternating thumb fingerpicking style through a series of graduated lessons-chapters incorporating your index and middle fingers with the alternating thumb.

Six Secrets of Ukulele Fingering
Updated: Dec 22, 2020

Learn the six fingering principles to navigating the ukulele fingerboard. Fingering is one of the most universal topics. Whether your style is Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz or Classical, these principles will improve your technique, your solos, even your sight reading. Think of fingering as a series of pathways. When you learn to connect these pathways, there are benefits not only to technique but also to creativity.

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Related Songs for Technique at this time.

Any Song Will Do Updated: Dec 7, 2015

This is not really a song, but simply saying that for the purposes of a lot of the lessons and lesson series on this site ANY song will do for exploring the lesson's material and concepts presented in the lesson.

Related Lesson Series

Related Lessons Series for Technique at this time.

Alternating Thumb Fingerpicking on Ukulele Updated: Jan 1, 2003

This is the common alternating thumb and two finger strumming style utilizing the thumb, index and middle fingers. Commonly called “Travis” picking in the guitar world. This series of lessons explores and adapts this style to ukulele. Travis Picking is a finger-style made famous by Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. This style is commonly played on steel string acoustic guitars.

Chord Switching, Double Stop Drills for Ukulele Updated: Jan 1, 2003

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

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