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    Default Moving from strumming to picking

    Hi all

    I stopped playing guitar about 20 years ago and have recently picked up a couple of Ukes, just because…

    I'm getting used to the new chord shapes and getting myself back up to speed and loving every minute of it.

    Anyway, I'm hooked, but I'm aware that my guitar skills were only ever average and I never really moved from strumming to fingerpicking. But it seems to me that the Uke would really benefit from picking, so I wondered if anyone could recommend any good resources to help me along the way to learning this?

    Thanks.

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    Yes.....Google Aaron Keim Ukulele Fingerpicking Instruction book. One of the very best for beginners, I started on this and many here have done the same
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    http://www.ukulele-arts.com/?lang=en

    Tons of good info and also some free ebooks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    Yes.....Google Aaron Keim Ukulele Fingerpicking Instruction book. One of the very best for beginners, I started on this and many here have done the same
    Thanks, much appreciated.

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    Thanks Jan.

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    Go here: http://www.ukulele-arts.com/lernen/l...ur-einsteiger/

    Click on the British flag to change to English. There's a ton of good info here. Wilfried is a UU member here.
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    Then there's http://jons-ukulele.com/2015/02/05/f...s-to-download/

    These are fingerpicking exercises.

    You can also download a pdf of his guide here: http://jons-ukulele.com/learn-campan...e-to-download/
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    Thanks again for those resources.

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    I am new to the Uke as well, having played guitar for years. One thing I have found works nicely is strumming/picking using the fore finger (like on the song Here Comes The Sun) which I have found translates really nicely from the guitar to Uke.
    Last edited by jerrysimon; 01-27-2018 at 04:23 AM.

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    Thanks. Yes, I'm still getting used to using the thumb for the bottom two strings and only the first two fingers for the top two.

    TBH, I'm pretty much making it all up as I go along.

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