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Fingerpicking on `Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style

The two most popular fingerpicking styles - Classical and Travis Picking.

PUBLISHED: Apr 10, 2012 UPDATED: Apr 22, 2012 • VIEWS: 12 • LESSON CODE: ULFP117

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: advancedfingerpickingbeginnerintermediatestrums

Fingerpicking on `Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style

There are two common styles of fingerpicking on ukulele. This series of lessons explores the Alternating Thumb Style. A future series will explore the Thumb and three finger style, the traditional p i m a classical guitar style that we’ll adapt to ukulele.

Alternating Thumb Fingerpicking Style - This is a common 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. This style is commonly played on steel string acoustic guitars. Pattern picking is the use of “preset right-hand pattern[s]” while fingerpicking, with the left hand fingering standard chords.

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Fingerpicking on `Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style • Updated: Apr 22, 2012

There are two common styles of fingerpicking on ukulele. This series of lessons explores the Alternating Thumb Style. A future series will explore the Thumb and three finger style, the traditional p i m a classical guitar style that we’ll adapt to ukulele.

Alternating Thumb Style, Building a Solid Foundation - The Basics • Updated: Feb 7, 2020

As the subtitle of this Fingerpicking Basics lesson for Ukulele implies, this lesson’s focus is on the alternating thumb part of the style. Commonly called Travis Picking on guitar and Scrugg's Style for banjo. For guitar it’s an alternating bass note style with the thumb playing the lower, bass notes. For ukulele, without any real bass notes, the thumb handles the lower two strings, four and three. The alternating thumb fingerpicking style works in any tuning.

Alternating Thumb Style, Patterns Summary • Updated: Oct 11, 2019

Summary of the core Alternating Thumb patterns from the Alternating Thumb Fingerpicking for Ukulele book.

At the heart of all fingerpicking patterns, whether you call it Travis Picking or Scruggs Style or banjo rolls - it's all just a different execution of specific rhythmic patterns in a particular style.

Here are the core fingerpicking patterns from my book "Fingerpicking for Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style". These are the same patterns I use for all private students, regardless of the instrument.

After the foundation of the alternating thumb is established the fingerpicking patterns are organized into levels according to the number of fingers involved with the alternating thumb. For the basic style, it's the index ( i ) and middle ( m ) fingers only and the number of times within a pattern the finger is used.

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