Category Archives: Fingerstyle

UD#73 Chord Weaving: Finger-picking Patterns

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Chord Weaving: Finger-picking Patterns (UD#73) from Ukulele in the Dark with Guido Heistek Sometimes we want a different sound from strumming. Something perhaps a little more sparse, spacious, woven together. So, it can sometimes be nice to pick the notes of a chord one at a time, instead of strumming it. This is sometimes referred to as “playing broken chords.” The simplest way to do this is to fret a chord in your left hand and pick the notes one at a time with your right hand. Here is an example with a C chord. We pick one string at   …Continue Reading


UD#53 Latin Rhythms: Picking Patterns for Bossa and Samba!

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Latin Rhythms: Picking Patterns for Bossa and Samba!  (UD#53) from Ukulele in the Dark w/ Guido Heistek Here’s a video of me playing a tune called Blue Bossa with my Mya Moe baritone, Martin T-1 and a little help from my looper pedal. Please give the video a look. It will give you an idea of the type of the rhythm and groove that I am interested in teaching today. BASIC BOSSA NOVA: Before I start talking about technical details like fingering and counting I’d like you to get a really clear idea of the rhythm that we are going   …Continue Reading


UD#30 Thumb and Finger Notes: Travis Picking

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UD#30 Thumb and Finger Notes: Travis Picking from Ukulele in the Dark w/ Guido Heistek Travis picking is a right-handed finger picking technique named after Merle Travis, here is a video: As you can hear from the video, Travis picking creates a beautiful layered texture where the thumb of the right hand lays down a steady beat as the fingers (or finger in the case of Merle) add chord and melody notes. It’s very important technique for playing folk and blues music. Also many singer-songwriters use it as a staple technique. Players like Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney and   …Continue Reading