April 9, 2024 – Live Lesson: 4 Different Types of Fingerstyle Techniques

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    Live Stream: Tuesday, April 9th at 3:00pm ET (check your local time zone)


    Hi guys! We are back with Live Lesson EP065! This month’s topic is: 4 Different Types of Fingerstyle Techniques for Ukulele!

    In this session, Matt showcases four distinct fingerstyle techniques used in ukulele playing, each offering a unique sound, and each executed with a different right-hand fingering approach.

    This month’s topic should stir up some great questions! So please post all you have below and I hope you join us for the live stream. 🙂



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    This is a good topic. I feel as if the Hawaiian uke players have a unique right hand style from those who started with guitar who seem to promote the classical guitar playing style for the right hand. I want to be like the ukulele greats but feel pressure to conform to the classical guitar approach to the right hand technique.


    Interesting thoughts, @gi_gi_!

    Now I have to ponder that for a while. 😅

    I think it’s good to try different techniques, but focus mainly on what you love to do. That’s how I feel about it. 🙂

    These are my guesses for what your 4 fingerpicking techniques are, Matt:

    1. Tremolo
    2. Picado picking
    3. That one technique that’s half strumming / half fingerpicking
    4. Drewmpa Loompa picking (that’s the technique when you summon your faculty of Drewmpa Loompas to serenade you as their capuchin friends strum at wildly different rhythms)


    Looking forward to this lesson!


    For lack of a better term, I like to refer to the two finger technique as the Kimo Hussey style, mainly because I learned a couple of his lessons using this approach. Many accomplished players execute this such a way so that the index finger almost points up the neck, as if they playing off the lower part of the index. I could never seem to execute it that way. Players like Tobias Elof are really doing a lot with this approach picking up with index and also strumming down with index in sequence with the thumb. That might be another fun lesson reviewing this type of approach again.

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