Ukulele 3: Tabbing and Fingerpicking: Richard Partridge

WI Members: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00

Starts: Friday, 13 March 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 15 March 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 0

Tutor: Richard Partridge

This course takes a more in-depth look at two aspects of ukulele playing that are touched upon in Denman’s Kickstart and Fast Forward courses. Tab (short for “tablature”) is a form of musical notation that shows the player where to put the left-hand fingers on the fingerboard of the ukulele. This is helpful, even for players who can read standard musical notation, because many notes can be found in different places on each of the four strings. Standard notation shows what notes are to be played but leaves it up to the player to decide where on the neck to find each one. The ability to play from tab is essential in order to learn melodies or more complex arrangements of songs on the ukulele.

“Fingerpicking” is the right-hand technique of playing the ukulele by plucking individual strings with the fingertips, rather than simply strumming chords. Fingerpicking techniques may be used to play simple melodies, repetitive musical patterns to accompany songs, or elaborate arrangements whereby melodies and accompaniment figures are intertwined. Such arrangements are usually learned from tab.

This course will begin with learning simple melodies and scales using tab. Gradually, more complex fingerpicking patterns and ways of playing “accompanied melodies” will be introduced and developed.

Students will need the following:
1.A ukulele. Most students will bring their own ukulele, but if you have difficulty getting hold of one, please see below about the “try to buy” scheme. Traditional wooden ukes are preferred, not George Formby-style banjo-ukuleles as they are too loud. Song sheets will have chord diagrams for soprano, concert or tenor ukuleles in standard C tuning (g´–c´–e´–a´). Baritone and bass ukuleles are tuned differently and will not be taught in this course.
2.A clip-on electronic tuner.
3.A pencil (and, perhaps, a rubber).
4.Short fingernails (particularly on the left hand, for pressing the strings on the fingerboard; ukulele and guitar players often have longer nails on their right hand for plucking the strings).
5.(Recommended) A spare set of strings in case of breakages. Aquila Nylgut strings are a popular choice.
A small stock of clip-on electronic tuners, felt picks and sets of strings will be available at the course for purchase at competitive prices.

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