Alternating Thumb Fingerpicking on Ukulele

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

Published: Sep 26, 2018 Updated: Sep 26, 2018

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

Fingerpicking - Alternating Thumb Style for `Ukulele, Lesson 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.

Fingerpicking - Alternating Thumb Style for `Ukulele, Lesson 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.

Fingerpicking - Alternating Thumb Style for `Ukulele, Lesson 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.

Fingerpicking - Alternating Thumb Style for `Ukulele, Lesson Four

Lesson 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.

Fingerpicking on `Ukulele - Alternating Thumb `Ukulele, Lesson Five

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.

Fingerpicking on `Ukulele - Alternating Thumb `Ukulele, Lesson Six

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.

Fingerpicking on `Ukulele - Alternating Thumb `Ukulele, Lesson Seven

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.

Fingerpicking on `Ukulele - Alternating Thumb `Ukulele, 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.

Fingerpicking on `Ukulele - Alternating Thumb `Ukulele, Rhythmic Variations - Lesson Nine

Lesson nine introduces variations using level II rhythmic syllables from Chuck Anderson's Modular Phonetic Rhythmic System. These patterns are part of a possible 36 variations.

Fingerpicking on `Ukulele - Alternating Thumb `Ukulele, Even More Rhythmic Variations - Lesson Ten

Lesson ten introduces variations of lesson nine the level II rhythmic syllables from Chuck Anderson's Modular Phonetic Rhythmic System. These patterns are part of a possible 36 variations.

Fingerpicking on `Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style, 3/4 Time

Applying the alternating thumb fingerpicking to 3/4 time.

Fingerpicking on Ukulele - Banjo Rolls

Exploring banjo rolls on ukulele.

Fingerpicking on Ukulele - Lesson Thirteen - 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.

FIngerpicking on Ukulele, Lesson Fourteen - How to Read TAB

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

Fingerpicking, Alternating Thumb Style - Extra Material

Extra material for the Alternating Thumb Fingerpicking style.

FIngerpicking, Alternating Thumb Style - Single Notes

For fingerpicking single notes in the alternating thumb style there are two approaches that can be taken. One is to simply use what classical guitarists have been using for ages. Second is to use the thumb for the down strokes and the index and middle fingers for the up strokes.

Alternating Thumb Style Fingerpicking - Patterns Summary

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

Fingerpicking - Alternating Thumb Style for Ukulele, The Foundation - Additional Practice Material

Additional practice material for developing and exploring the possibilities of the alternating thumb on ukulele no found in the book.

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