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Kayak Jim
03-06-2012, 04:32 AM
Uncle Rod's Boot Camp and others have great drills for practicing chord progressions (i i7 iv v7 etc). I think practicing those is a sure way to improve, along with the Disposable Method (essentially practicing the chord progressions used in actual songs). But to keep sessions interesting I'm also starting to try chord melodies (Amazing Grace, etc), moving up the fretboard a bit, and basic finger picking. I've been doing some 4-1-2-3 and 4-2-3-1 just moving through C-Am-F-G7 trying to build muscle memory.

I've still got work to do on chord progressions but are there any drills similar to Boot Camp for moving into these other areas? (chord melodies, moving up the fretboard and basic finger picking)

Jim B

BlueLatitude
03-06-2012, 04:56 AM
I'm using Pekelo's first book: http://www.pekelosbooks.com/

There's some basic music theory in it, quite a few exercises which are very pleasant and melodic to play, and some nice tunes. Not a lot of tunes, mind you, but you start out on super simple versions and add techinque a little at a time.

He also plays most of the lessons both slow and then more up to speed on the CD. I'm finding it really very enjoyable to work through.

But oops, I forgot it's written for a Low G uke, though of course you can play the stuff in it anyway. I just used it as an excuse to get a Low G uke! ;)

I also have Learn to Play Fingerstyle Solos but it seems a lot harder for a newbie -- or there's less explanation or something. He's also ALL over the fretboard right from the beginning.

coolkayaker1
03-06-2012, 05:24 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBNF2rZ2Gm8

Watch this video at 2:44 min for a simple technique that can take years to refine. Then just do it incessantly. It's helped me a lot. Gordon Mark gives a two-minute "pearl" that could change your strumming forever. Hope it helps you as it did me, KJ. Cheers!

SailingUke
03-06-2012, 05:27 AM
Uncle Rod's Boot Camp and others have great drills for practicing chord progressions (i i7 iv v7 etc). I think practicing those is a sure way to improve, along with the Disposable Method (essentially practicing the chord progressions used in actual songs). But to keep sessions interesting I'm also starting to try chord melodies (Amazing Grace, etc), moving up the fretboard a bit, and basic finger picking. I've been doing some 4-1-2-3 and 4-2-3-1 just moving through C-Am-F-G7 trying to build muscle memory.

Are there any drills similar to Boot Camp for moving into these areas?

Jim B

You can pick any song and practice the chord progression. (Uncle Rod's practice sheets).
When you learn a progression, transpose it to another key and start over.
You will build up speed in changing chords and in progressions you can use.

janeray1940
03-06-2012, 05:47 AM
You might find this (http://ukuleletonya.com/files/fingerpicking_lesson.pdf) (warning, PDF file) useful.

When I first started fingerpicking and playing lead I never really followed any formal drills, I just started learning songs and that was enough. Eventually I added some "spider" walking patterns for the left hand (google "spider guitar drill" (https://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=&q=spider+drill+guitar&oq=spider+drill+guitar&aq=f&aqi=g-b1&aql=&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=120l1814l0l2204l15l9l0l0l0l0l462l1738l1.2.2 .1.1l7l0#hl=en&newwindow=1&sclient=psy-ab&q=spider+guitar+drill&pbx=1&oq=spider+guitar+drill&aq=f&aqi=g-b1&aql=&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=129576l133709l0l133893l7l7l0l0l0l0l167l906l 0.7l7l0&gs_l=serp.3..0i8.129576l133709l0l133893l7l7l0l0l0l 0l167l906l0j7l7l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=dc23e64bf9f67c96&biw=1173&bih=567) and you can adapt what you find to the uke) in the hopes of getting my hand to stretch enough to justify the purchase of a tenor soon :)

peewee
03-06-2012, 06:00 AM
Aaron Keim has a few good basic instructionals:
http://youtu.be/2buveFAqhYg
and a low G one
http://youtu.be/WF-VoJSFbfQ
and then there are his clawhammer vids, which I hope to tackle soon..

ichadwick
03-06-2012, 12:53 PM
Crazy me. When I saw the title of this thread, I just thought Ryobi! Makita! Milwaukee! Black and Decker....