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The Two Easiest Ways to Improve Your Ukulele Playing

There are no shortage of fancy techniques you can learn that will improve your ukulele playing: campanella picking, split strokes and roll strums. But there are two quick wins that don’t require hours of practicing. They just need you to be more conscious of how you’re playing and to take control of it. Dynamics Dynamics […]

Spooky Ukulele Sounds

I’ve written up a fair few Halloween songs over the years and have spotted a few common traits that make for a spooky song. Here are some tricks you can use to write your own terrifying tune or spook up an existing one. Dissonance The quickest way to create a creepy, unnerving chord is to […]

Five Most Iconic Strumming Patterns

My usual advice about strumming patterns is to not worry too much about it and try a few to see what suits you. But some songs have strumming patterns so perfect they become its central feature. The good news is that you can’t copyright a strumming pattern (if you could Metallica would have done it […]

Three Best Ways to Use a Pick on a Ukulele

I’ve pretty opinionated with my anti-pick stance. I find the common advice of, “Use a pick if you want to, or don’t,” entirely fair and entirely useless advice. I assume you’re here to find out what are think and are capable of rejecting if it’s bollocks. Despite my anti-pickery I do think there are some […]

Easy Alternatives to Chnking

Ukulele players love to blow chnks all over the place. It’s a useful technique to have in your arsenal. But it takes some practice to get down. So here are a few alternatives you can use while you’re practicing them. And a few alternative strumming ideas for everyone else. The Strum The strum I’m recreating […]

Campanella – Putting the Melody First

I’m a big fan of campanella style picking on the ukulele and of Jonathan Lewis’s playing. So it’s no surprise I love Jonathan’s new ebook Irish Tunes for Campanella Ukulele. It’s a great selection of arrangements. I asked Jonathan if he’d like to do a guest post and he was kind enough to agree. So […]

Top 5 Old School Chord Intros

An intro acts like an ice breaker in a conversation. They get people’s attention, set the mood (usually by establishing the key and the tempo) and set people at ease that you’re not some nutjob Ukip supporter. There’s a bit of a tension there between being interesting and setting your audience at ease. A good […]

Tremolo Picking with Sam Muir

Today’s post is a guest tutorial by classical guitarist and ukulelist Samantha Muir. She recently won the UOGB’s Valentines contest with a fancy bit of tremolo picking and was kind enough to let me share her technique with you. You can find out more about Sam and buy her classical ukulele tab ebooks at […]

Intricate Strumming & Slash Notation

For simple strumming patterns the usual ‘du-‘ strumming notation works just fine. But for more intricate rhythms you need a more comprehensive system. And that’s where slash notation comes in. Slash notation looks a lot like standard musical notation. But it’s a lot simpler. It dispenses with all the notes because you only need it […]

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 […]

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