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
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
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
Here’s what each page looks like:
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:
- “Hawaiʻi Aloha”
- “Star of the County Down”
- “Canon in D”
- “Maui Girl”
- “Tonight You Belong to Me”
- “Aloha ʻOe”
- Navigating the Course
- General ʻUkulele Holding Posture
- Left Hand Positioning
- Right Hand Positioning
- Using a Metronome
- How Fretting Works
- Finger Pressure
- Chromatic Scale
- The Chromatic System
- Scales on a Single String
- Three Note Fingering Windows
- Song: “Hawaiʻi Aloha”
- Leggato and Staccato
- Song: “Star of the County Down”
- Open Position
- Song: “Maunaloa”
- Chord Tips
- Chord Relay Exercise
- Conclusion of Beginner Section
- Intro to Intermediate Section
- Single String Review
- Sequencing Scales
- Arpeggios and Basic Chord Theory
- Minor Arpeggios
- String Transfer Windows 1
- String Transfer Windows 2
- Position Playing
- Song: “Canon in D”
- Finger Coordination Exercises
- Song: “Maui Girl”
- Transposing Melodies
- Barre Chords
- Lift Muting
- Chord Slides/Scrubbing
- Song: “Tonight You Belong to Me”
- Chord Movement
- Conclusion of Intermediate Section
- Intro to Advanced Section
- Memorizing the Fretboard
- Song: “Aloha ʻOe”
- Articulation Combos
- Song: “Canon in D” – Articulation Study
- Natural Harmonics
- Song: Artificial Harmonics/”Sanoe”
- Pinky Muting
- Extreme Sequencing
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.”
Ready to Begin Your Journey?
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.
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?
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