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Helen Ukulele Thread. (10) RE: Ukulele Thread. 15 Dec 19

Hey Big Al, I have a ukulele and sort of play it, but I do a funny technique based on what I would do on the Celtic harp. I'm no good at strumming.

I call the uke my 4 string harp, because it is easier to carry around than that great big heavy 34 string thing.

I use my four fingers on the four strings GCEA, plucking down with the thumb then up with each finger and back up again. I can change the number of pluckings to suit the tempo, 3/4 = 1,2,3,4,3,2 and around again. I can also modify the emphasis to suit the tune's particular rhythm.

I'm particularly fond of the House of the Rising Sun chord progression using that method. (What a surprise, eh? If it's good enough for guitarists, then why not for uke players?)

I've mucked around with a couple of other plucking patterns, e.g. the Alberti bass, strings 1,3,2,4 repeated as needed, and I was learning one style from YouTube called Travis picking but I found it a bit confusing, trying to

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