Learn some basic fingerpicking patterns to change the dynamics of the tunes you play. We will
go over good fingerpicking techniques so your body is in a good ergonomic position to play
and doesn’t create tension in the neck, shoulder, or wrist. We will learn a four finger forward
roll and how to apply it to Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright and a forward reverse roll
to play Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Skill Levels

  • Novice: A student who perhaps has never picked up a ukulele before.
  • Beginner: A student at this level is brand-new to the ukulele. He/she has perhaps learned one to three chords but stops in-between chord changes to move the fingers to the next location.
  • Advanced/Confident Beginner: A student at this level knows a handful of chords and can move from one chord to another without pausing. Student may have trouble with, say, the B-flat chord shape. Student has learned a strum or two and/or a finger pattern for picking.
  • Intermediate: A student can hold a steady rhythm and is competent with a variety of basic chords. Understands simple chord progressions, can sing and strum at the same time, and learns chords to simple tunes fairly quickly.
  • Advanced: A student at this level can hear I, IV, and V chords, has mastered some chord inversions, knows there is life above the fifth fret, and has been there with barre or 4-fingered closed chords. Plays lead and backup easily with others and keeps steady rhythm.
Sun, 4/28 10:00 AM
Ballroom A
Session Type
Advanced Beginner
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