Alternating Thumb Style, Building a Solid Foundation - The Basics

The Alternating Thumb part of the style.

PUBLISHED: Apr 9, 2012 • UPDATED: Feb 7, 2020 • LESSON CODE: ULFP117a-CH-1 • VISITS: 116

ukulele guitar banjo Subjects: beginnerintermediateadvancedfingerpickingstrums

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Alternating Thumb Style, Building a Solid Foundation - The Basics

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.

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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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