L5: 3-String Technique

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • String numbers: A=1, E=2, C=3 & G=4
  • Right hand finger lettering: P=Thumb, I=Index & M=Middle
  • The patterns in this level require an additional finger and will be performed either P I M P I M, M I P M I P, I M P I M P, or I P M I P M.
  • Each of the patterns uses only 3 of the 4 strings, either strings 1-3 or 2-4. Because of the unique tuning of the ukulele using just these string sets will usually outline complete chords without doubled notes (unisons).

CHALLENGE

Earn your Fingerstyle Level 5 patch by demonstrating three of the following fingerstyle patterns for a 3/4 or 6/8 time signature (each from a different grouping). You may use a song or songs you are working on to demonstrate the patterns, or one of the chord sequences you’ve learned so far. Demonstrated patterns should keep a consitent beat with no noticeable pauses between chords. Patterns may be played straight or swung.

1 2 3 1 2 3
1 3 2 1 3 2

2 1 3 2 1 3
2 3 1 2 3 1

3 2 1 3 2 1
3 1 2 3 1 2

4 3 2 4 3 2
4 2 3 4 2 3

3 2 4 3 2 4
3 4 2 3 4 2

2 3 4 2 3 4
2 4 3 2 4 3