Alternating Thumb Fingerpicking on Ukulele
The common alternating thumb and two finger strumming style utilizing the thumb, index and middle fingers.
Published: Apr 23, 2018 Updated: Apr 23, 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 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, 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.
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