The Slider – Instantly Make Your Uke Playing Sound Amazing

Yes, my dear uke friend, you are somebody!

You have “it”!

You’re a real go-getter, a hum-dinger, and how!

BUT...

I'll bet all your ukulele songs sound more or less the same.

And worse, they also sound exactly like ever other uke player on the planet. (And you do know we’re multiplying...)

So, right now you get a ukulele insta-lesson that will help you add some variety to your songs. You’ll stand out even if you’re blending in.

This is a simple technique that I use constantly in my own playing. Well -- not constantly... I don’t want it to be my annoying trademark (see previous article here).

I’ve seen this technique called waggling or scrubbing.

I’ve also seen it written in to song sheets in a confusing way that it seems like you have to learn a whole new batch of chords.

But it’s not that complicated.

I just call it “sliding a chord.”

From that title (thanks, four years of creative writing class!), you may have already worked it out.

Take a chord. And slide it.

A few details:

  • Think about the chord as a shape. You’re going to slide the SHAPE, and you don’t care what chord name it would be given at the new location. It’s just the SAME SHAPE in a NEW PLACE.
  • The more strings you have covered, the better this sounds. G works better than C. A full barre D7 works better still.
  • Practice on G (because that’s an easy, common chord).
  • Move all your fingers (holding the G chord shape), down a fret. (Down toward the tuning pegs). Strum it.
  • Move all your fingers back to the usual fret for G. Strum it.
  • Get a strum pattern going, and move your fingers from normal position to “down a fret,” and back up. When? Whenever it sounds good to you!

NOTE: Yes, you can go UP a fret, too. Less common, but sometimes you gotta go way out, man!

BONUS (This is big):

You don’t have to start on the home position (home, down a fret, then back home). You can start “down a fret” and slide up to the home position. This can give a nice, meaty drive to your chord changes.

your pal,

As mentioned, this trick works best on chords that cover 3 or 4 strings. You know, like D and E. What’s that you say? Those chords are too hard? Then hie thee over and take a gander at “Defeat the E,” my video mini-course to help you master these difficult chords.

 

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