Fingerpicking Concepts: An Intro to Fingerstyle

Fingerpicking Concepts: An Intro to Fingerstyle

Course Description


In this course, we will demystify the magic of fingerstyle ukulele. Starting from the beginning, you will learn 3 approaches for fingerpicking designed to develop your right hand technique and dexterity. These approaches will then be applied to performance pieces intended to help you master the art of solo ukulele.

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

1) Break out of the 1 finger rut! A.k.a: only using your index finger (or thumb) for fingerpicking and strumming.
2) Determine (on your own) which of the 3 approaches to use depending on the context of the material you are playing.
3) Begin to develop your own style for fingerpicking.

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Module 1 The 3 Styles of Fingerpicking
In our introduction module, we will break down and explain proper right hand form and the 3 styles of fingerpicking.
Unit 1 Proper Right Hand Form (FREE LESSON)
Unit 2 Style 1: Thumb Approach (FREE LESSON)
Unit 3 Style 2: Three Finger Approach (FREE LESSON)
Unit 4 Style 3: Four Finger Approach (FREE LESSON)
Unit 5 The 3 Styles: The Basics & Comparing
Module 2 Thumb Approach
In this module, we will dive deep into exercises for developing thumb dexterity.
Unit 1 Exercise 1: Beginner Level
Unit 2 Exercise 2: Intermediate Level
Unit 3 Exercise 3: Advanced Level
Unit 4 Performance Piece: "Thumb Etude"
Module 3 3 Finger Approach
In this module, we will discover how efficient this approach can be for fingerpicking and increasing speed.
Unit 1 Exercise 1: Beginner Level
Unit 2 Exercise 2: Intermediate Level
Unit 3 Exercise 3: Advanced Level
Unit 4 Performance Piece: "Fingerpicking Etude no. 5"
Module 4 4 Finger Approach
In this module, we will take advantage of the entire right hand for fingerpicking.
Unit 1 Exercise 1: Beginner Level (FREE LESSON)
Unit 2 Exercise 2: Intermediate Level
Unit 3 Exercise 3: Advanced Level
Unit 4 Performance Piece: "Fingerpicking Etude"
Module 5 Combining the 3 Styles & Course Wrap Up
Nothing is set in stone, and rules are made to be broken. Learn how and when to combine the 3 approaches to suit your playing style.
Unit 1 Creating Your Own Style
Unit 2 Performance Piece: "Aura Lee"