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As you continue in your Ukulele lessons, you will start to learn about the different skills in how to generate different sounds out of your instrument. If you want a boost in the performance skill of this stringed instrument, the Ukulele-fingerpicking is very important piece.  Here you will have the guide to the ukulele basics especially for the beginners.

Most of the Ukulele players like to twang the chord of the instrument. Here you’ll have some tips about how to learn the control of each of the finger.

The basics of Ukulele-fingerpicking

The thumb-style picking is the most basic way of ukulele fingerpicking. Instead of plucking all the strings, only thumb is used to strike the particular string or strings. You might love learn from ukulelebuzz.com to practice the couple pattern that doesn’t require you to hold any of the chords at the beginning.

    The styles using only the thumb:

  • Quarter Note Arpeggio: G C E G, G C E G
  • Full Ukulele Arpeggio: G C E A, G C E A
  • Quarter Note – Eighth-Note Mix
  • C E C E

Soon after you gain the mastery over these patterns taking help of your thumb only, then try each of the patterns with other fingers. After that, do with 2,3 and 4 finger styles.

The controlling of Fingers:

2 finger style: It is of 2 types

  • First, your thumb takes control of the G and C strings, while your first finger controls the E and A strings.
  • Second, your thumb to control the first 3 strings and control the top strings with first finger.

You can alternate between the thumb and the first finger, to get a Spanish guitar sound: G A, C A, E A, A A. Check out the example in the tab.

3 Finger Style:

  • It is a bit tricky style. It is to mimic the pattern of Banjo fingerpicking. It is moving backward and forward between high and low string like 5 stringed banjos. It can be done by alternating the thumb back and forth in between the G and C strings.


4 Finger Style:

  • It is similar to 3 finger style, only each string is controlled by different finger. Thumb finger (G), First finger (C), Middle finger (E), and Ring finger (A). If you succeed to achieve any nice rolling you will be able to achieve the uniform rhythm.

Once you can master over these styles and decide what the best style is for you, then pour out that picking style and go on trying.


The Finger Picking Pattern of Ukulele:

  • Forward Banjo-Roll

Use a triad on every note to provide it a feel of banjo-roll

G E A, C E A

  • Reverse Banjo Roll

Same as the above but reverse

A E C, A E G

  • Forward-Reverse Roll

It like the same procedure as the first two rolls, simply the reverse courses as you reach the top.

G E A, A E C

  • Reverse Four-Finger Roll

It is also the reverse course of the previous roll.

A E C G, A E C G.

Changing of Chord

  • Soon after you able to control these pattern of picking as well as the rolls, it is the time for you to learn the changing of chords when you finger pick.
  • The professionals indorse beginning with the changes of simple chords. Go from the C to G chord, backward and forward number of times, till you get the command over it.

Once you feel contented with all the changes, begin the process of moving from C – F- G, and return. When it is done, then start working on the progressions of the common chord progressions with which you are already familiar.

By now you have sure to gain confidence to get started Ukulele finger picking. Practice more to get better and better day by day.

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