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PLUCking Ukes – Free Fingerpicking Lessons

Brett McQueen, from the excellent Ukulele Tricks site is offering a free three-week Fingerpicking Tricks Mini Lesson Series to subscribers on his mailing list & PLUC website readers. For any of you that have followed his free videos or enrolled in his Strumming Tricks onine course, you’ll know he’s a very clear & articulate teacher.

He says:

One of the most beautiful and exciting ways to play the ukulele is by fingerpicking…

…Over the next 3 weeks, I (Brett McQueen) will be sending you weekly videos lessons and downloadable content directly to your inbox teaching you how to fingerpick the ukulele… for free.

I selected some of the best video lessons from the Fingerpicking Tricks online video lesson course and give them to you to help you get started with fingerpicking the ukulele.

In this step-by-step, easy-to-follow 3-week lesson series, learn:

  • How to fingerpick the ukulele in a relaxed, smooth manner with correct technique
  • Learn to play the ukulele as a solo instrument
  • Play expressively and find your “voice” without singing
  • Get in-depth video instruction, sheet music, and tab showing you how to play three unique songs in three different fingerpicking styles
  • And much more…

If you’re looking for step-by-step, easy-to-follow lessons and are willing to put in at least 15 minutes of practice per day, then, this is just for you.

The course starts Mon 29 June 2015. Should you wish to enrol, make sure you complete the registration form by Sun 28 Jun, 11:59pm EDT.


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New Uke For Xmas? (2012)

English: Picture of ukuleles in the Ukulele Ho...

English: Picture of ukuleles in the Ukulele House, Honolulu, Hawaii, by User:Tijuana Brass. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’ve got a new ukulele for Christmas, you’ll soon find there are lots of on-line resources to help you, whatever your playing level:

Good luck & happy strumming!



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Very, Very, Very Basic Understanding of Music for Absolute Beginners

In this article I shall attempt to lay out the very basis of how music works in a straightforward, easily understood fashion. Please, if you’re a beginner, don’t be put off by the idea of learning and understanding anything about music. The basic stuff is really easy to grasp and will enhance your playing and following of what’s going on when you play with others. If you’re already into music this isn’t for you, it’s for those with no understanding at all.

Musical Notes – The Octave & Chromatic Scale

If you play a note and then double the frequency (ie the number of times a string vibrates in one second) you get the same note but higher. This is called an octave and can be heard on a ukulele if you play an open string and then count 12 frets up the fingerboard and play that note. It’s the same note an octave higher.

Listen to an octave being played from Wikipedia:

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