This ukulele video lessons on chiming will get you started on the right path. One of the questions that many beginning players have when they start playing is how they can create the chiming sound, or harmonics, with the instrument. You will find that even though it sounds like it might be complex, it’s actually quite simple and you will love how much it adds to your playing repertoire. You can also use the ukulele chord chart in conjunction with the video. Let’s get started!
The frets that you will be able to chime on are the fifth, seventh, and twelfth. Now, it is important to remember that you are not going to fret these strings normally, meaning you will not put any pressure on the strings. What you want to do is hold the strings very lightly while you pluck them. This means that you will just barely place your fingers over them. Now, when you pick those strings after barely holding them, you will create a beautiful chiming sound.
You have a couple of options when it comes to how you will actually use these chimes in your playing. You may strum normally only instead of holding down the string you just muffle it a bit, as mentioned. Alternatively, if you don’t need to use a chord for what you are playing, you can simply pick the string instead. This will give you quite a bit of versatility, and it will sound great no matter how you are actually playing – strumming a chord or just picking.
Why would you want to use this technique? As you will see from the lesson, it creates a very different and special sound that is quite pleasing to the ear. This can add quite a bit to a number of sounds that you are playing, or even if you might just be “fiddling around” on the uke for a bit. It is nice to have this option, as it can diversify your style and the things that you can do with the instrument.
Another one of the great things about chiming is that it is extremely easy to learn. As long as you put in the practice, you can start chiming like some of the top players out there. All you need is a little bit of muffle on the strings and you are good to go! Watch this lesson to see how it works in practice.Return to Home Page
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