It’s possible! In this article, we’ll be looking at the tenor ukulele in two different parts…the basics of picking, and the ukulele’s most common chords.
Here’s the thing: in order to get good quality notes from my beginner ukulele, I had to use a whole lot of practice. There’s a lot to learn, but I’ve learned a lot, and it’s a great way to take lessons, and maybe even start to play a few songs from my library.
So let’s jump right into it.
Let’s start with picking a good sound, and then get started with chords.
First off, the two most basic things to know in picking…
You can’t pick chords, and you can’t pick the notes as simple notes.
These two rules of thumb will help you pick a great sounding ukulele, and you can use the chords in your playing too.
So here’s a basic chart for you:
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As you can see, if you pick the notes as simple notes, your notes will be perfect…and with every note, you start to get more confidence.
Let’s do an exercise for this: pick a bunch of five notes on a string, and do a simple chord sequence of three notes.
This exercise should help you feel the intervals…and if you don’t know how to play a few chords or chords over a chord progression, this will be the first step in a much bigger picture.
Now, pick up a guitar and start playing chords. Just pick chords! Pick chords in time with music! Pick chord tones! Pick notes!
For more advanced guitar students out there, here’s a nice video to guide you over picking chords.
The second simple rule I have for picking a good sound, is to be consistent with your picking technique. I know you want a great sound, but it isn’t always just a matter of picking a single sound…
It’s important to make sure that your picking technique is consistent. As a beginning beginner, you could easily get confused if you make a mistake, or don’t get a sense of rhythm.