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Picking Patterns/Arpeggios For The Ukulele

Here are some ukulele picking patterns (arpeggios) that you can use to add more to songs. Use any chord with these patterns, C is just an example. Repeat each pattern as necessary.

A |-------3-
E |---0-----
C |-----0---
G |-0------

A |-3-----3-----
E |---0-----0---
C |-----0-------
G |-----------0-

Used in: Jake Shimabukuro’s version of While my Guitar Gently Weeps

A |-------3-----
E |---0-------0-
C |-0-----------
G |-----0---0---

A |-------3-
E |-----0---
C |---0-----
G |-0-------

Used in: Bruddah IZ’s Hawai’i 78

A |-3-------
E |-----0---
C |---0-----
G |-------0-

A |---3-----
E |-------0-
C |-----0---
G |-0-------

Submitted by Samuel Lee

A |-3-----------
E |-----0---0---
C |-------0-----
G |---0-------0-

A |-3-----3---------
E |-----0-----0---0-
C |-------------0---
G |---0-----0-------

A |-----3-
E |---0---
C |-0-----
G |-----0-

For waltz time – Submited by Steve Bowers

Here is a chart of all the possible 4 string picking orders with no repeats. Most sound pretty boring, but maybe you’ll find a couple you like the sound of. Read each pattern from left to right. 1 = 1st string, 2 = 2nd string, etc…

1234 - 2134 - 3124 - 4123
1243 - 2143 - 3142 - 4132
1342 - 2314 - 3214 - 4213
1324 - 2341 - 3241 - 4231
1432 - 2413 - 3412 - 4312
1423 - 2431 - 3421 - 4321

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