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3 Ukulele Tutorials : Chunk, Barre chords and Picking

10 2011

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.


  1. Herman Vandecauter on the 10th of March 2011 @ 21:34

    Armelle, you must like the second one with all the bars!!!

  2. Craig Robertson on the 11th of March 2011 @ 00:57

    Armelle: these video lessons are a great resource. Thanks for doing this.

  3. Armelle Europe on the 11th of March 2011 @ 14:40

    Herman: I’ve been practising barre chords lately but I’m still a long way from getting them right everytime.

    Craig: You’re welcome. I’m trying to do this a few times a year whenever I find valuable tutorials. It seems like it’s what most people are after.

  4. Stephen on the 11th of March 2011 @ 14:46

    Thank you, as a newbie these videos are great cheers!!

  5. Armelle Europe on the 11th of March 2011 @ 16:29

    Stephen: You’re welcome. I’m glad you’re finding these videos useful.

  6. Stukulele on the 11th of March 2011 @ 18:07

    Armelle, THANK YOU (!!!) for including my video on your website! I really dig your site and I’m very happy to be part of it today. This is a great resource so thank you for taking the time to make it! :) I’ll make more lessons soon. Happy Strumming…

  7. Armelle Europe on the 11th of March 2011 @ 19:07

    Stuart: You’re more than welcome. Thanks so much for the positive feedback on my site.Your tutorials are cheerful and well explained so I’m looking forward to your future ones :)

  8. wendy on the 19th of May 2012 @ 21:34

    thanks, I have been trying to chnk for months and could not work out the wrist position, but am now starting to get it!

  9. Armelle Europe on the 20th of May 2012 @ 09:50

    Wendy: glad you’re getting the hang of chnk. Stuart’s tutorial is very helpful.

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