Jazz Ukulele - Fingering

Exploring and understanding the fingering issues and difficultly inherent in guitar and ukulele.

Learn the Principles to Navigate the Fingerboard

6SGF-cover6SUF-coverFingering is one of the most universal topics of the guitar and applies equally to ukulele. Whether your style is Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz or Classical, these principles will improve your technique, your solos, even your sight reading.

Think of the fingerboard as a massive series of pathways. When you learn to connect these pathways, there are benefits not only to technique but also to creativity. All fingering can be reduced to six (6) principles of motion. Each principle has physical and musical characteristics that you can use to improve your playing. Technically, fingering problems are linked to the unequal tuning of perfect fourths with one major third between strings three and two. This characteristic tuning forces constant adjustments in fingering and contributes to the difficulty of learning the notes on the neck. Note duplications, open strings and unequal tuning all contribute to the complexity of fingering. Since the strings vary in diameter, notes produced on different strings vary in tone color. Generally, thicker strings produce warmer or darker tone color. Thinner strings produce a brighter or more cutting tone color. The study of fingering can be broken down into several topics of study. They are : position and technique, finger independence and strength and the principles of motion with their applications. The first step is a proper hand position . Critical for technique, a good hand position eliminates the needless waste of effort and energy so typical of underdeveloped fingering technique. Study the six principles until you fully understand their movements.

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