If you’re looking into ways of spicing up your ukulele playing, here are 3 tutorials that will teach you how to chunk to give your ukulele a percussive sound, play a cool barre chord progression or if you are using a low G uke, a nice fingerpicking technique.
1. The Chunk by Stuart aka Stukulele
Here is a very nice tutorial which teaches you how to chunk properly. The great thing about this tutorial is that it does not only teach you how to chunk but also focuses on how to get the technique right so as to avoid creating tension in your arm, an aspect which is often overlooked.
2. A Barre chords progression explained by Matt aka MeandUke
A simple tutorial going through a barre chord progression which sounds quite cool.
3. Fingerpicking technique for Low G uke taught by Keonepax
A nice and simple fingerpicking technique for the Low G uke with an example song.
Update: I’ve tested this fingerpicking technique with my best friend this weekend and I’d like to share some extra information which might be useful:
- The fact that the rhythm starts with &-1 means that the chord changes need to be done when you’re picking the 3rd string of the ukulele (the C string). This is quite tricky to get right at first as you’re always tempted to change chords when your thumb hits the 4th string of the uke (the G string). It just takes a bit of practise.
- Although the tutorial specifies that it works best for low G ukes, I tried it on my high G concert uke and it sounds great too.