Right Hand Technique for ‘Ukulele: A Detailed Guide to Strumming & Picking

‘Ukuleles & Gear

lehle acouswitch compared to lr baggs venue diEvery noise ever made by a musician has been facilitated by some sort of gear or another. From the first guy banging a beat with a stick to the kid down the street and his nu-metal band, gear is the beginning and the end of sound.

Essential Gear: What I Use

I’ve compiled all of my favorite pieces of gear on one page for easy browsing. Everything there is top-notch stuff that I personally recommend and use.

It’s not meant to be so much an informative page as a sampling of what one musician uses to achieve his goals. Take it with a grain of salt.

Essential Gear and Stuff I Use


Because who doesn’t like to read what other people think?

Reviews of ‘Ukuleles, Amps, Pedals, CDs, and Books – My opinionated opinion on what’s worth your time and what’s not.

Along the same lines is recommended ‘ukulele stuff – albums, songs, DVDs, and books that probably should be in your collection.

‘Ukuleles & Related Gear

Really, your ‘ukulele gear knowledge can be pretty simple if you are only a bedroom strummer. Knowing how to tune your uke is all you need.

‘Ukulele Buying Guide – The largest page on this site all about ‘ukulele shopping: what you need, what you don’t, and how to choose wisely.

What I Look For in an ‘Ukulele – Mr. Byron Yasui’s wants and needs in an ‘ukulele. A great insight to what’s important to a performing musician.

Cases – Hard cases, gig bags, backpack cases, oh my!

How to Change Strings – Step-by-step instructions of how to put new strings on your ‘ukulele.

‘Ukulele Sizes – Soprano, concert, tenor, baritone, plus the oddball shapes! Specs and the players who rock each size.

‘Ukulele Strings The differences in types, materials, and brands with recommendations.

I’ve created a site dedicated to baritone ‘ukulele for the DGBE players here. You’ll find more info about bari stuff there.


How to Use a Capo – Change keys with ease while playing familiar shapes. Great for singers and playing in hard keys.

Fingernail Care – How to maintain your built-in picks. What length to grow them to, how to file them, and keep them from falling off.

Picks – Different ‘ukulele pick types and their uses.

Straps – Info on the three main types of ‘ukulele straps and the Uke Leash.

Things To Bring To The Gig – Be prepared for the nightmare show by taking these things along in your gig bag.

Pickups, Amps, Pedals, & Live Sound Gear

But as soon as you step up behind a mic or plug in, it really helps to have an understanding of the gear that makes the sound possible and which knobs to turn where or what cable plugs into what.

Part 1: Amplifying Your ‘Ukulele – The basics of plugging in.

Part 2: All About ‘Ukulele Pickups – How to understand the lingo behind ‘ukulele pickups and figure out what you need in your instrument.

Part 3: Preamps & Effects – How to tune up the sound of your pickup with pedals.

Part 4: A Guide to Amps & PAs – Terms and what to consider when looking for an ‘ukulele amp

DIY Footswitch for Boss or Roland Gear – How to make your own Boss FS-6 style foot controller. Cheap and easy.

Recording Your ‘Ukulele – Everything you need to know about laying down a song and capturing it in time.

Software & Apps

Apps for iPad – ‘Ukulele related programs to help facilitate your ideas and music.

Programs (mostly free) that can be helpful.

By Brad Bordessa

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I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honoka’a, Hawai’i, where I run this site from a little plantation house in the jungle. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once borrowed a uke to jam with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me