Fingerpicking on `Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style

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

Published: 10 Apr 2012 Updated: 22 Apr 2012Visits: 86Code: ULFP117

INSTRUMENTS: Fingerpicking Main: Ukulele Others: Ukulele
Subjects: Beginner • Intermediate • Advanced • Fingerpicking • Strums

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: 22 Apr 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.

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Alternating Thumb Style, Building a Solid Foundation - The Basics

Updated: 07 Feb 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.

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Alternating Thumb Style, Patterns Summary

Updated: 11 Oct 2019

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

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