Free Technique and Theory Lessons

Learn Clawhammer Technique on Ukulele in 3 EASY STEPS! - In this course, you'll learn a staple technique of banjo playing and bluegrass music: The Clawhammer.

You’ll learn this unique technique in 3 EASY STEPS! And by the end of the course, you’ll put it all together to perform two bluegrass tunes and one étude.

The best part is that each bluegrass tune comes in two versions: one for beginners and one for intermediate/advanced players!

3 Ways to do the Triplet Strum! - The triplet strum is a technique that can be performed in multiple ways. In this session, you’ll learn 3 ways to do so! We recommend trying all 3 ways out and picking the one that feels the most comfortable to you.

The 3 Building Blocks of Music - Music is comprised of 3 elements: Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm. In this session, we’ll take a look at each element separately before showing you how they come together to create music!

Create More Emotion in Your Performances by Using Rubato - Rubato is a stylistic approach used to amplify emotion in music. This is accomplished through tempo alteration, specifically via speeding up or slowing down in sections. When executed properly, it can add a “human element” to your performance. This creates a nice contrast to playing perfectly in-time, which can come across as sounding robotic.

This session explains when and how to implement rubato. We’ll also cover the pitfalls of abusing it… which can sound like you are playing “out of time”. This lesson uses our arrangement of “Jurassic Park” as an example song.

Sounds interesting- I'll be sure to check it out when I have the chance.
How to Tremolo Pick on Ukulele - Tremolo picking is a technique used by many virtuosic players, such as Taimane. In a nutshell, it allows you to play notes on one string at super sonic speeds!

In this session, you’ll learn how to perform the technique by using the nail of your thumb.

Learn to Play Ukulele with a Band - Our ukulele journey usually begins by learning to play the instrument in a solo setting. As your skills improve, it’s only natural to branch out and perform in an ensemble setting.

And that’s what this session is all about! You’ll take your first step by learning how to play a riff and strum pattern alongside a drum, bass, and guitar backing track.

High G vs. Low G Ukulele - A commonly asked question in the ukulele world is: What is the difference between High G and Low G ukuleles? In this session, we’ll be answering just that! We’ll also tackle: The strengths and weaknesses of each; and why you would pick one over the other.

Practicing vs. Noodling - In this session, we’ll explore the difference between practicing with intent vs. playing things that you’ve already mastered. Oftentimes, the latter gets a bad rap, but as you’ll find out, having a balance between the two helps you become a better player.

Triplet Strum Magic: Beyond the Triplet Strum - The triplet strum is one of the most popular techniques in ukulele playing. Typically, this strumming technique is applied to triplet rhythms. And that’s where the technique begins and ends… until now! In this course, you’ll learn how to repurpose this right hand motion to create a highly rhythmic, yet effortlessly fluid way for playing chord melody.

We’ll split this course into three parts. In module 1, you’ll learn the triplet strum technique in its most commonly used application. This will set the foundation for the next two modules, which will transform the triplet technique into a complete, self-contained right hand playing style.

* Note: 5 of the lessons are completely FREE with Basic Membership! Sign up for Basic Membership to sample this course and all of our other FREE Lessons!

3 Steps For Learning Ukulele - In this month’s session, you’ll learn 3 steps that will streamline your ability to progress as a musician.

The 3 steps, known as “The 3 E’s”, are: Education (learning new things), Experience (practicing those new things), and Exposure (getting feedback from someone on those things).

What Should I Play on Ukulele When Asked to Play? - In this session, we’re tackling one of the most nerve-wrecking experiences: What to play when someone asks to hear us play. We’ll share tips to help ease your nerves, as well as, ideas for entering this situation fully prepared.

5 Ukulele Players You Should Know - In this session, I want to tell you about 5 ukulele players I think you should know. These are players that have greatly inspired and influenced me. Be sure to check each of them out!

How to Gain Confidence As a Ukulele Player - In this session, you’ll learn how to become a more confident performer, student, and overall ukulele player.

5 Tips to Prevent Ukulele Burnout - In this session, you’ll learn 5 tips that will keep you inspired and help prevent ukulele burnout.

The Circle Of Fifths - In this session, we’ll debunk the mystic behind the circle of fifths. You’ll learn why this tool is revered in music theory applications and how it can be applied to ukulele playing.

5 Strum Patterns: 5 Levels - In this ukulele lesson, you'll learn five strum patterns that progressively increase in difficulty. Off the bat, I want to state that you’re not learning five unique strum patterns, rather you start with one and evolve it each time by adding layers. A “layer” meaning, you’re adding a new concept or technique to each subsequent pattern.

5 Bad Ukulele Habits to Break - In this session, we’ll show you how to overcome 5 bad habits that beginner ukulele players tend to make.

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