Music Theory for the Ukulele
by Dean (1four5)


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Basic 12-Bar Blues

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My Favorite Moves


My Favorite Blues Moves

In the examples below the picture...

brackets [ ] mean to pick the strings together at the same time.

po means to finger the note, pluck the string, then immediately pull-off your finger from the string.

ho means to pluck the string open, then immediately hammer-on your finger onto the string as hard as you can.

So, get your uke, fret the yellow dots, and try some of the blues moves below.

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Example 1...

  • [I M R] - T - [I M R]  -- I use this all the time, really thump hard with your thumb...it's what gives my recordings that raunchy thunkyness.

Example 2...

  • T - I - [M R] -- I This is the root pattern of most of my picking. Try alternating it with the first pattern for really cool blues finger picking!

Example 3...

  • T - [I M R] - hoI - [M R] - hoI - T  -- Now things are really starting to sound cool!

Example 4...

  • [I M R] - T - [I M R] - hoT - [ I M R]   -- I'm giving up all my good stuff!

Example 5...

  • hoI - T - I - [ po R M blue dots] - T - [ M I red dots, start low slide up twice] -- Now you've got my best stuff!