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tomzilla
02-24-2008, 08:34 AM
I was wondering what tips anybody had on the best way which i could fingerpick on my Ukulele as i have tried one but its just not working for me.

UKESTAR
02-24-2008, 09:24 AM
I was wondering what tips anybody had on the best way which i could fingerpick on my Ukulele as i have tried one but its just not working for me.

There are literally hundreds of options. Often, when watching tv...I just finger pick the strings (not nose..ha) to see if I can discover a good combo.

Try this one: pluck stings 1....2.....1......3 (repeat) then step it up and try this one: 1.....2......1.......3......1......2.....1.......4 (repeat)

Now: mix in different chords to change things up.....

Howlie Boy
02-24-2008, 10:01 AM
Im going to jump on this post so i can get emails when someone post. im getting to the finger picking part of my learning also and any help would be great. but i will add practice is the best way to learn...

Howlie Boy:cool:

Landon
02-24-2008, 10:03 AM
what i do to warm up or when i just play around is this little pattern: with your first finger pick C, E, & A continuously and with your thumb pick G in between every note. so it would look like G A G E G C G E G A G E G C etc.

start with two fingers and once you can do it fast to the point where its easy try using your middle finger to pick the A string.

tripl3thr33
02-24-2008, 10:08 AM
One of my favorite ways to fingerpick chords is picking the strings in the order of GECA. I also do an inside-out order which would be CEGA. I try to use my thumb, index, and middle finger as much as I can to help develop better finger dexterity. My thumb will get the top 2 strings and my index gets the E string and my middle finger gets the A string

Howlie Boy
02-24-2008, 10:11 AM
what i do to warm up or when i just play around is this little pattern: with your first finger pick C, E, & A continuously and with your thumb pick G in between every note. so it would look like G A G E G C G E G A G E G C etc.

start with two fingers and once you can do it fast to the point where its easy try using your middle finger to pick the A string.

i think one of my biggest problems is finding the strings... what i mean is say i need to play an e string, i always end up hitting the a string... i hope these finger execises will help with that.

Howlie boy:cool:

koa
02-24-2008, 11:40 AM
When 1st learning to pick I used the thumb for the G, index for C, middle for E and ring finger for A, braced for position with the pinky. Eventually no need to brace with pinky. Allows for plucking all four strings when needed. Not sure if this technically correct. Self-teaching = a few bad habits. Works for me. Hopefully if a bad method it will not present a road block in the future. My single note tremolo really stinks. This specific finger to string system may be one of the reasons.

UKESTAR
02-24-2008, 12:05 PM
i think one of my biggest problems is finding the strings... what i mean is say i need to play an e string, i always end up hitting the a string... i hope these finger execises will help with that.

Howlie boy:cool:

ALWAYS start SUPER slow with strums or picking. Once it becomes mindless and muscle memory....THEN speed things up a bit. :D

Landon
02-24-2008, 12:25 PM
When 1st learning to pick I used the thumb for the G, index for C, middle for E and ring finger for A, braced for position with the pinky. Eventually no need to brace with pinky. Allows for plucking all four strings when needed. Not sure if this technically correct. Self-teaching = a few bad habits. Works for me. Hopefully if a bad method it will not present a road block in the future. My single note tremolo really stinks. This specific finger to string system may be one of the reasons.

i use my thumb for the G, pointer for C and E, and middle for A(sometimes i use my pointer for A aswell depending on the song)

Woodshed
02-26-2008, 12:41 AM
I think koa's way of doing it is the best way to get started (one finger for each string). Start out practicing by going up the strings like this:

http://howtoplayukulele.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/example-1.jpg

T=thumb, I=pointer, M=middle, A=ring

Then practice going up then down like this:

http://howtoplayukulele.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/example-3.jpg

Then you can start doing more complicated stuff by picking more than one string at one. Like this:

http://howtoplayukulele.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/example-5.jpg

There are a ton of possibilities for this type of playing. I've got a mini course on this subject on my email list with tabs and videos. You can sign up for it here (http://ukulelehunt.com/mailing-list-sign-up/) if you're interested.

UkuCouS
02-26-2008, 02:19 AM
I like the 124124 pattern AEG AEC

grappler
02-27-2008, 12:28 AM
I dont use my ring finger to0 be honest. i never do. only use the three fingers; thumb index and middle.
:eek:

drubin
02-27-2008, 04:26 AM
Just wanted to say that I signed up for Woodshed's fingerpicking course and that I've really been enjoying the lessons. They are well written and Woodshed does a great job explaining techniques, providing plenty of examples in the process. Thanks Woodshed! :D

Woodshed
02-27-2008, 06:52 AM
Thanks, drubin. I'm really glad you've found it helpful.

Zushi
02-28-2008, 08:45 AM
Here is a nice pattern to use:

a-----------0--------------0----------
e---0--------------0------------------
c-------0------0-------0-------0-----
g---0---------------------------------

(you use the chord you want)

you could also get some inspiration there:
http://www.ukulele.fr/depot/albums/userpics/10035/Pizzicato_Waltz_en_C.pdf

have fun ;)

nmelcher
02-07-2009, 10:55 PM
This is a great thread, thanks. I almost exclusively use chords when I play a song, only fingerplucking if it's a super slow tune. That said, I know that learning to fingerpluck is really going to take my playing to the next level but I'm just having an absolutely difficult time getting the hang of it. While I appreciate the written tutorials here, I just need someone to show me.

Does anyone have a DVD or online video recommendation to help me learn how to fingerpluck?

Thanks! :)

Rob MacKillop
02-07-2009, 11:15 PM
I've just started www.FingerstyleUke.com - there is not much there at the moment but I do plan to have lots of technical tips with videos. Please bookmark it and return in a couple of months.

Rob MacKillop

Uke-lahoma
02-08-2009, 03:13 AM
Just wanted to say that I signed up for Woodshed's fingerpicking course and that I've really been enjoying the lessons. They are well written and Woodshed does a great job explaining techniques, providing plenty of examples in the process. Thanks Woodshed! :D

Where can Woodshed's fingerpicking course be found?

Woodshed
02-08-2009, 03:26 AM
Uke-lahoma: You get it when you sign up for my mailing list here:

http://howtoplayukulele.com/how-to-play-fingerpicking-ukulele/

I'm thinking about taking it down soon, so don't hang about.

generem
02-08-2009, 06:01 AM
I've tried assigning each string with a finger but I have big hands so its kinda unconfortable so I use the thumb for C and G, Middle for E, and ring for A.

Like what Ukestar said, When just sitting around, I will usually pluck different patterns along while going thru various chords progression just to get more confortable with it.

mwalimu
02-08-2009, 08:38 AM
There are a few styles of picking. Jake gets a lot done with just his thumb. Some people like the "a finger for each string" approach. I usually use my thumb for strings 4 and 3, index for 2 and middle for 1. I would say the that where your fingers go is not as important as developing rhythm, and that takes a lot of practice.

Uke-lahoma
02-08-2009, 04:45 PM
Uke-lahoma: You get it when you sign up for my mailing list here:

http://howtoplayukulele.com/how-to-play-fingerpicking-ukulele/

I'm thinking about taking it down soon, so don't hang about.

Done. Thanks much, Woodshed!