Forever Site Access Membership for $149 $279 Get This Amazing Deal Today!















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, 2019 • VIEWS: 9 • LESSON CODE: UL401

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: chordstechniquegymnasticsfingering


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.

Checkout all the lessons for:

I've organized the related lessons in to their relevant series:

Ukulele Fingering Gymnastics

End of Lesson - Thanks, Hope You Enjoyed It!

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 <b>Chuck Anderson</b>

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. It has value to the reading guitarist because the guitar fingerboard is a treacherous trap of options. The same notes are in too many places. The same C note is on string two, fret one and string three, fret five and string four, fret ten and string five, fret fifteen. Unlike the piano which has one location for each note, the guitar compounds the problem with too many options and then throws in open strings to further confuse the issue. When reading is positional and stays within a four fret region, it’s much easier to read. However, writers and arrangers don’t attempt to stay within a four fret region of the guitar. They typically do not know or care about the guitar’s fingering option issues.

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

A technique of playing by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips, fingernails, or fingerpicks.

A technique of playing by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips, fingernails, or fingerpicks.

Six Secrets of Ukulele Fingering
Updated: Dec 22, 2020

Learn the six fingering principles to navigating the ukulele fingerboard.

Learn the six fingering principles to navigating the ukulele fingerboard.

Related Songs

Related Songs for Technique at this time.

Any Song Will Do
Updated: Dec 7, 2015

When any song here can be used for the concepts in the lessons.

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.

Site Access Plans for

Forever Access - With Forever Premium Access, you get Unlimited 24/7 access to ALL lessons, downloads, songs, play-along jam tracks, videos, email access to Curt, resources, related assets, and ALL books by Curt as FREE downloads. Pretty much everything on the site and NEVER worry about a subscription or surprise payment again. And jump the queue for responding to any questions.

If your anything like me (Curt) and getting Subscription overload with everything on-line wanting money from you once a month — I'm with you. For like-minded individuals, this forever plan is a pay once and your done.

The price for Unlimited Forever access is right around the cost of a few months of private lessons. I can guarantee that is more material on-line to keep you busy for a long, long time. And, you get all of my books for FREE. That along is more than the cost of this plan.

Premium Access - This premium gives you Unlimited 24/7 access to ALL lessons, downloads, songs, play-along jam tracks, videos, email access to Curt, resources and related assets. As well as ALL books by Curt Sheller as FREE downloads.

Basic Access - A limited selection of basic lessons — ( currently over 140 ) and 100+ songs for ukulele as well as basic general music reference material — Completely FREE — Simply Register/Signup. HOWEVER - I've been doing ukulele and since 2003 and probably have given too much away already - as reflected in my income from the site in relationship to the time spent on the site. So help support this site and its continued development by signing up for one of the below Premium Access Plans or buy a few of my books. - Thanks, Curt

NOTE: Each higher access level includes ALL the benefits of the lower levels. Private Lessons include all the benefits of a Premium Access Plans as long as you remain a student on the schedule.

Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!Peter Rhee

Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the bestGlen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys

Folks, if you haven't stopped by Curt's site, do so right now! ..And get his books, they are fantastic. This guy knows his stuff and is able to pass it along too.Alan Johnson Proprietor, The 4th Peg

I can highly recommend Curt's Uke books — I have four of them and they are excellent.fatveg — Portland

Thanks for visiting and checking out the site!


Original Curtie Animation from 1987 for my first web site on a Macintosh II.
34 years ago.

“Built for myself (Curt), and sharing with the `Ukulele community!” has one of the largest collections of lessons, songs, and TABS, luthiers, ukulele builders, ukulele festival and club information, and, ukulele links on the web. I’ve been on the ®Internet since the early 1990's and This site just never stops growing!!!

Content is added and updated almost daily - so check back often.