Below is the lesson for “Fingerpicking Etude no. 8” by Rock Class 101.
In this etude, you will learn an elegant ukulele ballad. While this piece is split into two melodies (A and B), the theme is continually flowing. In other words, there isn’t a significant contrast between Melody A and Melody B. (Compare this piece against Fingerpicking Etude no. 7, which featured contrasting themes.)
As this piece was written in the style of a ballad, dynamics play an important role in how you perform it. This is discussed in the lesson videos, specifically in regards to the execution of the strumming attack. For example, you can produce a softer and warmer tone if you strum with the fleshy part of your thumb instead of the nail of the index finger.
This song also makes use of tapped harmonics. Check out our Harmonics Course to learn this technique.
Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson