Alternating Thumb Fingerpicking on Ukulele

The common alternating thumb and two finger strumming style utilizing the thumb, index and middle fingers.

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. You'll find this series of lessons to be the most complete, comprenhesive and organized series of lessons offered anywhere - GUARANTEED.

Published: Dec 10, 2019 Updated: Dec 10, 2019 Visits: 1

18 Lessons in the “Alternating Thumb Fingerpicking on Ukulele” Series
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.

Alternating Thumb Style, Thumb and One Finger - Level One

In this lesson we’re introducing the index finger once to the alternating thumb pattern mastered in the Alternate Thumb Fingerpicking Style - Introduction. There are four possible patterns when adding the index finger once in common or cut time.

Alternating Thumb Style, Thumb and One Finger - Level Two

In this lesson we’re introducing the index finger twice to the alternating thumb pattern mastered in the Alternate Thumb Fingerpicking Style - Introduction. There are six possible patterns in common or cut time.ssible variations in this lesson.

Alternating Thumb Style, Thumb and One Finger - Level Three

In this lesson we’re introducing the index finger three times to the alternating thumb pattern mastered in the Alternate Thumb Fingerpicking Style - Introduction. There are three possible patterns in common or cut time.

Alternating Thumb Style, Thumb and One Finger - Level Four

Lesson Four, Thumb and One Finger - Level Four builds on the primer by using the thumb and index combination on all four beats. There is only one possible variation in this lesson.

Alternating Thumb Style, Thumb and One Finger - The Middle Finger

In this lesson we’re introducing the middle finger to the patterns mastered in lesson two. There are three possible patterns in common or cut time.

Alternating Thumb Style, Thumb and Two Fingers - Level Two

In this lesson we’re introducing the middle finger to the fingerpicking patterns mastered in lesson three. There are six possible patterns in common or cut time.

Alternating Thumb Style, Thumb and Two Fingers - Level Three

In this lesson we're introducing the middle finger to the fingerpicking pattern mastered in lesson four. There's only one pattern in common or cut time.

Alternating Thumb Style, The Pinch

All the previous lessons in the Fingerpicking for Ukulele, Alternating Thumb Style series where melodic, single notes only. This lesson introduces The Pinch, where any one of the thumb/index finger or thumb/middle finger combinations can be played together - harmonically.

Alternating Thumb Style, Rhythmic Variations

All the patterns covered so far where melodic and consisted of single notes only. This chapter introduces The Pinch – playing notes harmonically.

Alternating Thumb Style, Rhythmic Variations

Rhythmic variations can be incorporated into this style of fingerpicking, creating a variety of syncopated patterns. All previous patterns were steady in nature, with the thumb alternating and playing on every downbeat. Many of the following patterns are syncopated, creating rhythmic variety.

Alternating Thumb Style, More Rhythmic Variations

Building on the patterns in the last lesson, this lessons incorporates ties. A tie is a curved line connecting two notes of the same pitch indicating that they are to be played as a single note with the duration equal to the sum of the individual notes.

Alternating Thumb Style, Banjo Rolls

The patterns in the previous chapters were all in 4/4, common time with four beats per measure or pattern. The alternating thumb fingerpicking style can be used with additional time signatures.

Alternating Thumb Style, Embellishments

Exploring banjo rolls on ukulele. In bluegrass music, a banjo roll or roll is a repeated accompaniment pattern of eighth notes. Each roll pattern is a right hand fingering pattern, which can be played while holding any chord position.

Alternating Thumb Style, Embellishments

Hammer-ons, Pull-offs, and Slides are the most basic embellishments and an integral part of rock, folk, country, bluegrass, and pop music styles.

Alternating Thumb Style, Extra Material

Tablature, or TAB for short, is a musical notation system for indicating instrument fingering rather than musical pitches in the standard music tradition.

Alternating Thumb Style, Extras

Remembering Fingerpicking Patterns, Music Direction, High “G”, C Tuning, What is T2L3?? Additional material for exploring Alternating Thumb Fingerstyle.

Alternating Thumb Style, Patterns Summary

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

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