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I have featured quite a few videos of Gawasiman, a ukulelist from Japan who has the knack for arranging Japanese pop music as well as classical pieces for the ukulele.

I have therefore decided to find out a bit more about him and his ukulele arranging. Gawasiman has been most helpful and has even offered to write a lesson for ukulele beginners which you will read about further in this post.

Let’s first get acquainted with his ukulele style with his arrangement of a famous Japanese song called Oyome Samba (お嫁サンバ ):

U&L : I read on your blog that you were playing the guitar, ukulele and bass. How did you discover the ukulele ?

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Herman Vandecauter has been very kind to create two videos explaining how to play rasgueado on the ukulele. Rasgueado means ‘strummed’ in Spanish but it is also used to describe a flamenco strumming technique designed originally for the guitar.

Although this technique might look dead simple when you watch Herman play it, it does take a while to get it right. I’ve only just started to learn the technique  and the first time I tried to play a rasgueado, I think I got the worst sound ever out of my Fluke. I even feared I’d break my strings.

Don’t worry too much if you feel like your brain doesn’t manage to control your fingers. It does get better with practice. Herman recommends practising rasgueado against a piece of cardboard first as demonstrated in his first video :

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Today’s post will feature a selection of ukulele tutorials which should help you improve both your strumming and your fingerstyle techniques.

Before we move on to the tutorials, here is a link to a nice chord chart complete with fingering information created by Japanese Kunihisa Ogawa.

Tutorials for fingerpicking

Aaron has uploaded a very good fingerstyle ukulele tutorial. It is progressive, well explained and should help you get up to speed with a fingerpicking pattern. Aaron is giving a few useful tips for fingerpicking throughout the video.

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Ever wanted to learn where to find which note on your ukulele fingerboard ?

Herman Vandecauter from Belgium has made a video explaining where to find the different notes, associating them to numbers so as to make them easy to remember.

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Every year around this time, when days become shorter and it is still dark when you drive to work and you know that in a few weeks time it will also be dark when you drive from work, I am subject to what I have called “the October blues”.

This year, I will try my best to stay away from the latent October blues. Valéry Sauvage‘s world of colourful naïve paintings sends my thoughts to the world of fairy tales and listening to his lovely ukulele videos seems like a good way to keep the October blues in check.

If you’ve subscribed to Valéry’s ukulele channel on YouTube, you will not have failed to notice the beautiful ukuleles made by Régis Thullier that he has been trying out lately.

There is, for example, the  “Maccalele“, a Maccaferi-style ukulele, which you can hear in a tune called The Skaters Waltz, arranged by Goschenhobel.

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