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    that's what I do as well. It works for Travis picking and other folksy stuff. It is a natural extension of my tendency to play scales and modes with my first two fingers a la picado technique from flamenco. It also works well with split strokes. I am working through an arpeggio booklet which advocates using the four-fingered style (PIMA). However, I am doing fine with PPIM (thumb thumb index middle). Learning to use the thumb is also integral in clawhammer playing as well as something else I've been dabbling in: using the thumb for the bass drone while playing the slide.

    The resources I have are, as already stated, Aaron Keim's books for fingerstyle and clawhammer
    For Travis picking, there are countless tutorials out there. The latest book I have with Travis picking is Stu Fuch's Rock-a-Billy for Uke.

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    My start was with Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. There are a couple good tutorials on Youtube. Song only has a half-dozen chords or so and a beautiful finger style pattern. Both the Ukulele Teacher and a gentleman named Richard Hefner made vids. The good thing is it covers each finger/string so your working toward getting better all around. I've been working on Guaranteed by Eddie Vedder which is a bit more complex than Hallelujah and also sounds great. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomershakalaka View Post
    I've been working on Guaranteed by Eddie Vedder which is a bit more complex than Hallelujah and also sounds great. Good luck.
    I'd love to see those TABS! I found a tutorial, but its not in English which makes it more complicated. I also had a friend give me some TABS, but very complicated and I can't manage it - yet.

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    Throwing in my recommendation for Daniel Ward's Arpeggio Meditations for Ukulele.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fisher00 View Post
    I'd love to see those TABS! I found a tutorial, but its not in English which makes it more complicated. I also had a friend give me some TABS, but very complicated and I can't manage it - yet.
    There's a low G version on my site that's not difficult to play:

    Hallelujah (tabs)
    UkeFever... ukulele tabs for free!

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    Hal Leonard Fingerstyle Ukulele is the book I started with and I highly recommend for someone just starting out: https://tinyurl.com/y98dzure

    The book I am currently working on is the beatles for fingerstyle ukulele. I recommend this one if you are doing well with the first book though some of the songs are in keys adapted for the uke: https://tinyurl.com/yawnsyh8
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    btw, I only pick the strings with my thumb. I just can't get all my fingers to cooperate!
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    James Hill "Ukulele Way". Excellent chord/melody complete method series, vids, tab and stand.not.

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