Thumb, finger, and multi-finger picking approaches
Over 70 before and after illustrations
The secret to groovy strumming
24 MP3 examples
My name is Brad Bordessa. I’m an honors graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi Institute of Hawaiian Music program and have been teaching people like yourself to play ukulele with better technique for well over a decade.
I’ve helped thousands of people improve their technique through my classes, workshops, and books. As soon as I share the correct approach with a struggling student, they feel and see the difference in their playing and improve within minutes as they fix their errors.
“Right Hand Technique for Ukulele […] fills a much needed and long overdue role in the ukulele pantheon of essential learning skills.”
Kevin Carroll, author of Ukulele Ceilidh (PC: Craig Chee)
One of many before and after images in the book.
Because technique is one of the things EVERY ukulele player has in common, and because RIGHT hand technique specifically 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 Ukulele. It’s a massive collection of over 15,000 words of instruction and 70 images to illustrate the concepts therein.
“Brad has created yet another well-written, valuable, fun-to-use, must-have ukulele resource.”
Daniel Ward, author of Arpeggio Meditations for Ukulele
All in all, you’re getting a seriously thorough guide written to be easy to understand and the best of its kind.
“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!”
What People are Saying
“Brad’s book, Right Hand Techniques for Ukulele is a MUST READ for anyone interested in seriously learning how to play this wonderful instrument correctly.
[…] Countless people [are] 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.
This book is fantastic and long over-due!”
Elayne & Norm Ruplen – Dundas, Ontario, Canada
“The layout is as great as the content – the subject headings allow easy access to explore whichever technique I’m looking for. […] Right Hand Techniques for Ukulele has inspired me to put in some serious practice time.”
Chris Waite – Beachport, South Australia
“I have been enjoying your new book Right Hand Techniques for Ukulele (even though I’m left-handed). You are very good at breaking down information into digestible pieces so I can focus on certain aspects of my playing.”
“I love the book. [It] will be included in any technique improvement effort I try. All of the subjects covered are interesting […] you don’t exclude ideas or techniques.”
Joseph Freeman – Orlando, FL
“[…] I really like the Skill-Based Learning Tracks. It is my personal preference for learning. I like clearly laid out goals and you have given some. […] I’m using it as a reference book. I even ask [myself], ‘What does Brad have to say about that?'”
“Thank you for a very helpful book! Up til now it has answered all my queries, and very clearly. […] When I find something I do not quite understand then I go to your book and nearly always find what I want to know.”
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.)
What level do you recommend this book for?
Many people feel that technique is reserved for “pros” or advanced players. This is simply not true. If you play any ukulele at all you use technique.
That said, a novice beginner would probably be overwhelmed by this content. Because of that, I recommend it for advance-beginner or intermediate players and up.
Do I Need to Know How to Read Standard Music Notation?
No! Examples in the book are notated in both tablature AND standard piano notation. The MP3 examples will also help you learn the licks by ear.
Will I learn _____ technique 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).
Tremolo Picking (Standard Tremolo, Roll Tremolo, & Flutter Finger Tremolo)
How to Practice
Can I use the book on my mobile device?
Yes! The PDF should be viewable on any modern mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Moto G, Samsung Galaxy, etc…).
There are two ways to access the MP3s: a .zip file or listen to them here on Live Ukulele. 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.
Images and notation with TAB guide you every step of the way
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 get it?
Click one of the big green buttons to proceed to payment. 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 will be redirected to a “create an account” page. Choose a password that you can remember in case you need to access the files again in the future. Once you’re into your account you can go to “My Library” and then the Right Hand Technique page from which you can save the PDF and the MP3s in a .zip file to your computer.
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 online.
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.
How Do I Contact You in Case I Have Trouble Ordering or Questions?
Just send me an email. I’m happy to help: firstname.lastname@example.org
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