Fingerpicking on `Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style

Published: Apr 10, 2012 Updated: Apr 22, 2012

ukulele | Subjects: advancedfingerpickingbeginnerintermediatestrums

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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The foundation of the Alternating Thumb style is - naturally the alternating thumbs. This lesson demonstrates the alternating thumb on string four and three.

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Fingerpicking - Alternating Thumb Style for `Ukulele, The Foundation

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 guiter 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.

Alternating Thumb Style Fingerpicking - Patterns Summary

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

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