Archive for 2013

Fingerpicking Patterns

Following on with this week’s fingerpicking accompaniment theme with some popular ukulele picking patterns. I’ve put up a few mini-posts earlier today covering: – One Finger Per String Picking Method – Thumb and Two Fingers Picking Method – Fingerpicking Notation This post follows on from those and the Fingerpicking Ukulele – First steps post with […]

Fingerpicking Notation

In ukulele tab the finger you use to pluck the note is indicated by a letter in italics above the tab. They look like this: Each letter corresponds to a finger on your picking hand: t or p = Thumb i = Index Finger m = Middle Finger a = Ring Finger So when a […]

Thumb and Two Fingers Picking

The Thumb and Two Finger Method of fingerpicking differs from the One Finger Per String Method in two ways: – You don’t use your ring finger. All the picking is done with thumb, index finger and middle finger. – The thumb plays notes on both the g- and C-strings. So the fingers cover these strings: […]

One Finger Per String Picking

The One Finger Per String Method is the most logical way of arranging your picking hand. Each string is allocated a finger. Each string is only played with one finger and each finger only plays one string. They are arranged: Thumb – g-string Index Finger – C string Middle Finger – E string Ring Finger […]

Walk off the Earth/Lorde – Royals (Chords)

Lorde/Walk off the Earth – Royals (Chords) I post a lot of instrumental fingerpicking pieces but I don’t often show fingerpicking as an accompaniment. Doing the acoustic riffs post made me want to dedicate some posts to uke fingerpicking in songs. So this week is dedicated to fingerpicking accompaniment. Starting off with a perfect bit […]

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Friday Links

In case you missed it on Wednesday you can get 50% off the How to Play Ukulele ebooks until the end of September by using this code: cowhouse Videos – Kimo Hussey’s right hand technique. – Ralph Steadman – his Hunter S Thompson illustrations – has a bit of a strum in his studio. – […]

Acoustic Intros/Riffs (Tab)

This post started out as one of my Riffs for Ukulele posts but it ended up evolving into an intros post. I did think that acoustic guitar would transfer better to the uke than the electric riffs. Nope! They tend to be much more complex. So I’ve taken a few liberties with these arrangements and […]

eBooks: Creative Commons

I’ve felt for a long time that the current copyright law is working against the reasons it was set up. But I’ve been getting more annoyed by all the copyright trolling, Mickey Mouse copyright extensions and massive overreach. I have no intention of suing anyone and I’ve always let people use stuff from my ebooks […]

Keston Cobblers’ Club – Beam (Chords)

Keston Cobblers’ Club – Beam (Chords) I’ve been singing the praises of Keston Cobblers’ Club for quite a while but their new EP A Scene of Plenty is the best thing they’ve done yet. This ode to Iron & Wine is the single from it and is dead easy to play. They’re all variations on […]

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