A detailed guide to picking and strumming
For players of all levels.
- 59 pages – PDF download
- MP3 examples accompany notated examples
Technique is the physical interactions that produce music on your ‘ukulele. How you hold it, touch it, pluck it, strum it – any movement that helps you to sound a note.
You can play anything on your ‘ukulele if your technique is up to snuff. Unfortunately, proper ‘ukulele technique is rarely taught so it’s common to see students developing bad habits that hinder their playing.
Good technique allows you to play faster, better, and longer. It’s also physically easier to play when using proper technique!
Right Hand: The Engine for Your ‘Ukulele
For over a decade I’ve been helping many hundreds of people in my classes and workshops improve their technique. As soon as I share the correct approach with a struggling student, they feel and see the difference in their playing and improve instantly.
Because one of the things EVERY ‘ukulele player has in common is technique, and because RIGHT hand technique is so critical to projecting a confident sound, I felt like a detailed guidebook on the matter was one of the most effective things I could write using my expertise.
I drew on every bit of my knowledge to create Right Hand Technique for ‘Ukulele. It’s a massive collection of over 15,000 words of instruction and 70 images to illustrate the concepts therein.
Right Hand Technique for ‘Ukulele will:
- Teach you essential fundamentals to avoid injury and fatigue
- Help you play more efficiently and improve your feel, time, and ability
- Give you options for expressing music with alternative textures and sounds
What People are Saying
I play high-g/low-G. Is this book for me?
Yes. I specifically kept the G-string as neutral as possible as I wrote the content and examples so anyone can benefit from it, no matter their tuning. (Even Baritone players can take 95% of the book at face value.)
I’m a beginner/intermediate/advanced. Will I be over/underwhelmed?
Many people feel that technique is reserved for “pros” or advanced players. This is simply not true. If you play ‘ukulele you use technique.
There’s something here for everyone. Just like an advanced player can use my book to learn to alternate pick, a beginner can use it to improve their strumming. There’s a whole page dedicated to sorting the content into beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill levels.
Heck, even someone who thinks they are advanced will probably be surprised by what they discover in the “easy” sections. And if you’re a beginner, the advanced techniques might help you understand some things, even if you can’t play them (yet).
I’m specifically looking for _____ technique. Is it in your book?
If it has to do with the right hand, probably.
However, I decided not to go too far down the rabbit hole of “artist-specific” styles like the Split Strum (George Formby) or Cheri Picking (James Hill).
Here’s most of what’s covered:
- Holding the ‘Ukulele
- Standing vs. Sitting (and straps)
- Strumming Technique:
- Down & Up Together
- Thumb Downstrum
- Triplet Strum
- The Secret to Groovy Strumming
- Picking Technique:
- Thumb Picking
- Index Fingerpicking
- Thumb/Index Together (alternating & pinch styles)
- PIMA: All the Fingers
- Piano Style
- Rest Stroke
- Index Finger Flat-Picking
- Alternate Picking
- Picking Variables (tone, attack, finger/thumb, picks/flesh, angles, dangles, etc…)
- Palm Mute
- Tremolo Picking (Standard Tremolo, Roll Tremolo, & Flutter Finger Tremolo)
- How to Practice
Can I use the book on my mobile device?
Yes! The PDF download should be viewable on any modern mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Moto G, Samsung Galaxy, etc…).
There are two ways to access the MP3s: download a .zip file or stream them here on Live ‘Ukulele. With the proper app it’s possible to extract .zip files on mobile, but it’s probably easier to follow the link included in the book and listen to them online.
Okay, I’m in! How do I download it?
Clicking on the button below will add the book to your cart, at which point you can check out. You’ll be asked for your email address and credit card info (you can also pay with a Paypal account). Once your payment clears you should be redirected to the files page where you can download the PDF and the MP3s in a .zip file. (If you don’t get redirected for some reason, you’ll also get an email with the download link.)
The .zip file will have to be extracted to view the individual MP3s. Most computers simply require a double-click to extract the .zip to a new folder. Or you can just follow the link in the book and listen to the examples on Live ‘Ukulele.
What if I don’t like it?
Then just send me an email and I’ll refund your money. Simple as that. All I ask is that you tell me why you don’t like the book so I can make it even better in the future.
For less than the price of a single lesson get the book that’s full of a decade worth of strumming and picking knowledge!