‘Ukulele Techniques: Articulations & Ways to Play a Note
Learning techniques on the ‘ukulele is one of the gateways to easier playing. You can know all of the notes in the world, but without technique you will be somewhat limited in what you can do. Some give notes different sounds, some can emulate the voice, some are overkill! Learn to use them as you would a library – you don’t read every book at once, so don’t use every technique in every song.
Bending Learn how to stretch your strings to the max. By bending you can smoothly ramp your way up to the next pitch. It sort of “takes away the frets.”
Hammer-on How to get from point A to point B in one pick. Use your momentum to carry you through more than one note.
Harmonics An effect that makes the ‘ukulele ring like bells.
Mono Strum Pioneered by James Hill. Using a strum to sound only one note.
Octaves One note from this octave and one note from that octave.
Vibrato Subtly bending a string to change the pitch and add emotion.
By Brad Bordessa
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
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