How To Play Fingerpicking Ukulele & Other Exciting Things

Big things are happening in the world of Uke Hunt. In the near(ish) future Uke Hunt will have a baby-sister website. This website will be home to a range of new ukulele ebooks I’m working on – the first two of which are nearing completion – and am hoping to sell.

It’s an exciting time to be part of the ukulele world. New people are coming to the ukulele all the time from a wide range of genres. Players are pushing the boundaries and expanding what the ukulele can do. But still, with a few honourable exceptions, it’s still the same tired old instruction books that are being flogged. So, I’ve taken it on myself to write something new for people who want to improve their ukulele playing.

If you want to be first to get the news, sign up to my new mailing list. As well as getting updates, you’ll get exclusive extracts and a introductory video course on fingerpicking ukulele. (This is different to the ‘Get Uke Hunt by email’ list in the sidebar – you won’t get the stuff on the mailing list anywhere else)

The course will be a series of five emails giving you tips on using fingerpicking for accompaniment and a number of patterns to try out.

To get all this, just fill in your email address here:

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I do solemnly swear, by God and the King, that I won’t spam you. The emails are delivered via iContant and you can read their strict anti-spam poicy here. The email list is a double opt in, so once you enter your address you’ll get an email asking you to confirm your subscription. Then you’re away.

This is all very new, so if you have any trouble with it drop me an email or leave a comment.

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  1. Minamin October 9th, 2007 1:52 am

    I just got the first newsletter, and all the jpegs are broken.

  2. Minamin October 9th, 2007 1:53 am

    Oh jeez never mind, Yahoo was blocking the images for some reason. I’ve got it working now.

  3. Woodshed October 9th, 2007 2:18 am

    Phew! Thanks, Minamin.

  4. Peter October 9th, 2007 8:18 am

    Look forward to them. I’m hoping they can help me get over my ‘uke hump’. This is the situation where you can get through some chords, have some strum patterns down pat, but don’t know what to try and learn next so my playing is worth listening too! HELP!

  5. John E October 9th, 2007 9:04 am

    I’m using using some of those “same old books” and DVD’s to learn from, It’s OK up to a point because of all the information and clips online – it’s so much easier when someone is demonstrating or explaining. The thing I’m most frustrated with is the lack of Uke songbooks featuring contemporary music that I want to play. Lyrics and chord boxes are fine if you are able to improvise the rest but as a beginner I’d really benefit from knowing what goes where on the time line.

  6. Peter October 9th, 2007 12:45 pm

    If you hunt around you can find a number of ukulele specific websites full of tabs – some of quite modern music to. I suggest a quick google and see what you find. Not as extensive as guitar, but pretty good.

  7. Jeff October 9th, 2007 5:04 pm

    I really enjoy getting your blog. I have been surfing the net and enjoying the various sites and info on playing the ukulele. I am doing some songs from bars and trying to build my knowledge of the fretboard and to get my fingers working right. My UAS has been somewhat eased by the plethura of information that you share. I have signed up to receive your new stuff. Thanks.

  8. moocher October 9th, 2007 6:36 pm

    Hey there, signed up this morning and just thought I’d comment. Nice to see progressive uke. I’m a fortnight noobie who has had my heart stolen by ukes and just can’t stop tinkering. I’ve been a keyboard player and electronic music hobbyist for a couple of decades and this is the first instrument to have turned my head! I can’t wait to combine the two. Oh and a note to John E, check out Find the song you want then there is a pull-down on the right to change the tuning (for both C and D tuning). This option only works on the versions marked CHORDS in a blue box. Found some wonderfully obscure artists in there (Sunset Rubdown,Patrick Wolf, Broken Socail Scene to name a few I’ve grabbed) as well as mainstream and older stuff perfect for uke (The mighty Syd Barrett RIP)

  9. Woodshed October 9th, 2007 10:54 pm

    Thanks for all the comments, guys. And thanks to everyone who’s signed up for the list.

    John E: I think one of the biggest problems for ukulele beginners is the lack of teachers. It’s hard to learn just from books and websites, without someone giving you the direct input you need. I’ve even considered setting up some sort of virtual ukulele teacher scheme on the net.

    moocher: When you get round to recording your electro-ukeclash music be sure to send it my way. I can’t wait to hear it.

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