Want to Play Smooth and Confident?

Learn to Fly Across the Frets Easily With These Lessons!

  • Over nine hours of lessons
  • Beginner to advanced
  • Eight beautiful songs
  • 50 HD videos

Improve Your Fretting Technique!

Left Hand Technique For Ukulele is a bottom-up guide to navigating the fretboard of the ukulele with your left hand and understanding the role your fingers play in creating every note.

In this course you’ll learn to:

  • Implement more effective musical styles
  • Navigate the fretboard without charts
  • Articulate and express notes better
  • Understand basic “street” theory
  • Fret easier and more precisely
  • Play eight awesome melodies
  • Practice more efficiently
  • Perfect your posture
This course is about the fretting hand, which for most people is their left hand. It’s not intended for “reverse,” lefty players.
  • 50 videos/9+ hours of lessons
  • 63 page PDF ebook
  • Lifetime Access

$157 $197

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“I am finding the course to be excellent and very inspiring. I find it very empowering as a learner and player to be shown the concepts that underly what we are doing on the ukulele. Your choice of songs to illustrate the concepts are great… I look forward to every lesson […] and I feel excited to know how much I can grow as a musician with the ukulele.”

Paula Davis

Why Fretting Technique?

Technique is the physical approach to playing music on the ukulele. If your movements are optimized, you can play faster, easier, and more precisely. If they’re not, you will struggle to hold notes and move around the fretboard sluggishly.

The problem? Very few people actually teach technique.

It’s not as sexy as playing popular songs or jazz chord progressions. But it’s a common thread that connects every note played by every musician!

My name is Brad Bordessa. With Left Hand Technqiue For Ukulele, I present lessons that build on each other from beginner to advanced while keeping in mind the foundation of everything: technique.

Throughout the lessons, I share my 15 years of teaching experience and how you can use a detail-oriented approach to understand your motions better while not losing sight of the ultimate goal, which is playing music.

Beyond bringing your technique up to speed, the lessons contain a complete toolbox of understanding the uke’s fretboard.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Play scales and melodies anywhere on the fretboard without charts or TABs
  • Organize your fingerings smartly so that you can get to each note faster with shifting and position playing
  • Think about expressing music with staccato and legato, articulations, phrasing, and more
So far I’m loving your course. I’ve completed only the introductory videos so far. I realized that my posture was all off!! The small tweaks you demonstrated really make playing so much more comfortable.

[…] If the few intro videos helped this much, I’m excited to start the actual course!!”

Dr. Cat Howard, Texarkana College

What’s in This Course?

The main focus of Left Hand Technique For Ukulele is lead and melody playing. There are lessons on playing chords and a tune strummed with jazz chords, but, to me, the foundation of technique is best explored through picking.

You’ll learn these concepts through a sequential set of 50 informative, concise, and beautiful HD video lessons. The play time for these are over nine hours!

Each video is shot with two cameras so that the fretboard is always easy to see when I’m playing.

In addition to the videos, each lesson has a dedicated page with:

  • Additional information, illustrations, and resources
  • Practice tips/homework
  • Community discussion area for Q&A

Check out a free lesson to see the presentation style and format

Here’s what each page looks like:

You’ll also get access to my PDF ebook of the same name. This encyclopedia-like overview contains its own set of examples, photos, and instruction on many of the same subjects as the videos.

To accompany the songs and examples, you get 19 TAB transcriptions (with standard notation).

There are also seven play through videos to reference when learning to play the songs.

Speaking of the songs, you’ll learn to play these classic melodies:

  1. “Hawaiʻi Aloha”
  2. “Star of the County Down”
  3. “Maunaloa”
  4. “Canon in D”
  5. “Maui Girl”
  6. “Tonight You Belong to Me”
  7. “Aloha ʻOe”
  8. “Sanoe”

Lesson Index

Intro:

  1. Welcome
  2. Navigating the Course
  3. General ʻUkulele Holding Posture
  4. Left Hand Positioning
  5. Right Hand Positioning
  6. Using a Metronome

Beginner:

  1. How Fretting Works
  2. Finger Pressure
  3. Chromatic Scale
  4. The Chromatic System
  5. Scales on a Single String
  6. Three Note Fingering Windows
  7. Song: “Hawaiʻi Aloha”
  8. Leggato and Staccato
  9. Hammer-On
  10. Song: “Star of the County Down”
  11. Open Position
  12. Pull-Offs
  13. Song: “Maunaloa”
  14. Chord Tips
  15. Chord Relay Exercise
  16. Conclusion of Beginner Section

Intermediate:

  1. Intro to Intermediate Section
  2. Single String Review
  3. Sequencing Scales
  4. Arpeggios and Basic Chord Theory
  5. Minor Arpeggios
  6. String Transfer Windows 1
  7. String Transfer Windows 2
  8. Position Playing
  9. Song: “Canon in D”
  10. Finger Coordination Exercises
  11. Slides
  12. Song: “Maui Girl”
  13. Transposing Melodies
  14. Barre Chords
  15. Lift Muting
  16. Chord Slides/Scrubbing
  17. Song: “Tonight You Belong to Me”
  18. Chord Movement
  19. Conclusion of Intermediate Section

Advanced:

  1. Intro to Advanced Section
  2. Memorizing the Fretboard
  3. Vibrato
  4. Song: “Aloha ʻOe”
  5. Dampening
  6. Articulation Combos
  7. Bending
  8. Song: “Canon in D” – Articulation Study
  9. Natural Harmonics
  10. Song: Artificial Harmonics/”Sanoe”
  11. Pinky Muting
  12. Extreme Sequencing
  13. Conclusion
“I’ve started working through the course and love it. […] Going back through the basics has helped hone in on some techniques that I might have overlooked! I’ve only just started the Beginner section but have already improved my string sound by really thinking about finger pressure and placement within the fret.

The videos and presentation are high quality and delivered in well thought out chunks enabling me to dip in and out when I can find time. Looking forward to working through the whole course… Keep up the good work, you’re an outstanding teacher.”

Joanne Craigie

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  • 50 videos/9+ hours of lessons
  • 63 page PDF ebook
  • Lifetime Access

$157 $197

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“I appreciate your teaching style and focus, and just plain enjoy hearing you talk– which may seem funny to say, but truly makes a difference in undertakings like this.”

SM Samuelson

Q&A

What is a Course?

A course is a set of pre-recorded lesson videos. Just like Masterclass or The Ukulele Way, you log in and access them at any time and at your own pace.

Once you’ve bought the course, you have lifetime access to the content so you can take your time working through the lessons or even revisit them years later!

Is this course for left-handed (reverse) players?

No! I teach in the normal orientation with my left hand on the fretboard. (The course is about fretting technique, which most people do with their left hand, hence the name.)

That said, all of the concepts explored in the course can be adapted for whatever style you play the ukulele in.

I already have the Left Hand Technique For Ukulele ebook. Do I get a discount?

Absolutely! I appreciate your previous support.

Click here and log in. There is a coupon code at the bottom of your LHT ebook download page.

Is the course for high-g or low-G?

Both! The songs and examples are mostly G-string neutral.

There are a couple of exceptions that require a low-G to get the correct octave, but they will still sound musical if you play high-g.

I’m a total noob. Is this course for me?

Yes and no. The course starts from the very basics of playing the ukulele. But it does so mainly as a review for more experienced players to make sure they are using proper posture before quickly blasting off to more sophisticated concepts.

I recommend the course for advanced-beginner/intermediate level players and up. You should be comfortable strumming some chords in time, playing some songs, and picking easy melodies.

My skills are prodigious. Will I be bored?

Unless you’re a world-class performer practicing five hours a day, I think there is enough content and inspiration here to keep most advanced players busy for quite a while (literally years and years if you really practice and internalize the content like you should).

For what it’s worth, there’s plenty here that I could stand to work on and that’s challenging for me to play.

Baritone uke version?

Unlikely. I feel like putting future efforts towards new subjects is more valuable for more people than re-teaching the same material for a different tuning.

All the concepts presented here are universal to any ukulele tuning.

The songs and examples can be played independently on any uke tuned in 4th, 3rd, 4th intervals (DGBE, ADF#B, etc). The only difference is that if you try to play along with me, we’ll each be in different keys. But played solo, they will still sound lovely.

Money back guarantee – what’s that about?

This course is my pride and joy. I think it contains some of the most useful uke lessons available. If you don’t agree and you’re bummed you paid for it, I don’t want your money. Send me an email within 30 days and I’ll refund your purchase ASAP.

Still have questions?

Send me an email and I’ll do my best to answer your questions at: liveukulele@gmail.com.

“Brad Bordessa has offered an inventive, leveled, and comprehensive approach to learning the beginning basics through advanced skills with his Left-Hand Technique Course. The videos and instruction are top notch and there is something here for players of all levels. A+!”

Kevin Carroll

Ready to improve your fretting technique?

  • 50 videos/9+ hours of lessons
  • 63 page PDF ebook
  • Lifetime Access

$157 $197

Buy Now

30 Day Money Back Guarantee