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How To Trill On The ‘Ukulele

The trill is a technique that you should consider having in your ‘ukulele arsenal. They aren’t used a lot in ‘ukulele music, but have their place in the classical genre. The trill is a flurry of hammer-ons and pull-offs with only the first note picked to get things going. You can trill between any two notes on the same string. In standard notation a trill looks like this (the wavy line was used in times past and is not as relevant now. These days that means vibrato):

Trill notation

This is how you’d interpret it:

To play a trill:

  1. Fret the “low note” on the ‘ukulele with your index or middle finger.
  2. Pick that note.
  3. Hammer-on one or two frets above.
  4. Pull-off.
  5. Hammer-on
  6. Pull-off
  7. Etc…

It would sound like this:

trill in ukulele tab

Remember that a trill is still shown in notation “tr“. I’m just trying to give you an idea how it is supposed to sound when you play it on your ‘ukulele.

This can be played anywhere on the fretboard. Make sure that your pull-offs really pop because that is what keeps the sound going.

This is a great way to exercise you fingers.