Right Hand Technique For ʻUkulele is a detailed guide to strumming and picking for all levels of uke player. It will teach you essential hand positioning and attack approaches that improve tone, confidence, and timing.
Written by Institute of Hawaiian Music honors graduate Brad Bordessa, Right Hand Technique For ʻUkulele is a definitive guide to making sound on your ʻukulele.
Technique is the physical interactions that produce music on your ʻukulele. 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 ʻukulele if your technique is up to snuff. Unfortunately, proper ʻukulele 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!
“A unique behind-the-scenes look at a professional ukulele player’s right-hand toolkit. Brad’s deep love for ukulele and curiosity as a musician come through loud and clear. A great addition to any ukulele learning library!”
Right Hand: The Engine for Your ʻUkulele
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 ʻukulele 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 ʻUkulele. It’s a massive collection of over 15,000 words of instruction and 70 images to illustrate the concepts therein.
This book 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
All in all, you’re getting a seriously thorough guide written to be easy to understand and the best of its kind.
What People are Saying
We have been teaching adults and attending workshops/festivals since the 1980’s in Canada and the US and have seen countless people playing with incorrect technique that they have picked up from poorly written books, the Internet, Youtube and “teachers” that are actually guitar players…
Brad has the unique ability to be able to describe in words exactly how to use the right hand correctly and why it is so important to do it right. You will find detailed descriptions of how to hold and strum to prevent head, neck and wrist pain, strumming and picking techniques for beginner, intermediate and advanced players, as well as an amazing number of tips and tricks.
This book is fantastic and long over-due! Can’t wait now for his next book, Left Hand Technique for Ukulele!
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 ʻukulele you use technique.
There’s something here for everyone. Just like an expert player can use my book to learn advanced picking technique, 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 ʻUkulele
- 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 ʻUkulele. 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.
Are there video demonstrations to go along with it?
Not yet. But it’s a very high priority on my to-do list! (I’ll be giving book-only buyers a deep discount when the videos are released.)
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 ʻUkulele.
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!
If you’re struggling with your order, drop me an email and I’ll do my best to lend a hand. You can reach me at: