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The Rest Stroke

I’m in the middle of working on some new content, but I don’t want to keep you guys waiting so here’s a little thing to think about for now.

I went to an ‘ukulele workshop/performance by Grammy winner Daniel Ho a few weeks ago at the Stella Blues Cafe in Kihei, Maui. It was great. Daniel is such a good teacher. He manages to keep things simple but integrate advanced concepts without alienating beginners.

One of the things he introduced – which I had heard of before, but never really seen in context – was the “rest stroke.” It is the concept of plucking a string with one of your fingers up into the next string so that your finger stops and rests on the string above the one you just plucked. You normally pick out and away from the strings. Try picking and landing your finger on the next string. It kind of requires a different hand position, but the difference is tone. Of course Daniel and myself pick with fingernails so the difference might not be that great if you use the pads of your fingers.

I’m all about tone. I felt stupid that I had never figured this out before. Give it a whirl and report back!

  • Jason April 8, 2013, 5:15 pm

    Sounds like a great technique. Worth a try.

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