Ukulele Video Lessons - Finger Exercise

In this series of ukulele video lessons, I'll be teaching you a finger exercise. A finger exercise is one of the first things that you want to learn when you are starting to play the ukulele. Proper warm up is important. It helps to make sure your fingers are nimble and ready to get into some of the more difficult work of chord progressions, songs, and picking. It’s a good way to start every session too. If you have only a few minutes, you can still get in some exercises that will help to improve the strength, endurance, and dexterity of your fingers.

The Finger Exercise In This Ukulele Video Lesson

Let’s get into the finger exercise. Basic warm-ups and exercises can help you to practice your rhythm and your techniques.

Start out on the second fret of the C string, and pick that string three times. Move to the third fret of the E string, and pick that twice. Then, on the third fret of the A String, pick once. Pick on the first fret of the A string, and then pick the open A string. Go back to the third fret on the E string, and pick that twice. Go back to the third fret on the A, and pick that once. Then go to the first fret on the A and pick that once. Pick the open A once. Pick the third fret on the E twice. Go back to the third fret on the A string, first fret on the A, and then open on the A. Repeat that A progression four times. Then press the third fret on the E string and pick that 3 times.

Does this sound confusing? When you first go through the movements and are learning how to play, it certainly can be. However, once you know your strings, and once you know the basic picking methods, it will become clearer to you and you will be able to move through the exercise easily.

With the above exercise, it’s a good idea to go through slowly while you are watching the accompanying video. A good way to learn is to take each step one at a time. Perfect each individual step and put them together a bit at a time until you can run through the entire exercise.  Once you gain speed, you will see that it actually sounds quite nice!

Keep in mind that this is just one of countless different types of finger exercise you can do with your ukulele. After you perfect this one, learn some more or even make up your own. It will keep warm-ups and practice fun, interesting, and beneficial. Just keep on practicing these ukulele video lessons.

Some players, particularly the newbie players, feel they don’t need to use these types of exercises. Let’s look at some of the best reasons to keep practicing them.

Summoning The Strength

When you play, your fingers need to be strong. You are creating chords that can feel awkward at first, and some of them can take quite a bit of finger strength. When you keep working on these and other exercises, you will be building that strength. However, that’s not the only way they can help.

Enhancing The Endurance

Playing for long periods is difficult on your fingers, and you might find that they tire easily. Just as with any muscle, you need to build endurance in your finger muscles if you hope to be able to play several songs in a row. These exercises will help build up you endurance just as much as your strength.

Developing The Dexterity

One of the other benefits of practicing the finger exercise is the fact that it can help to improve the dexterity and nimbleness of your fingers. You will be able to pick and pluck easier and faster, and your fingers will be able to find the right frets without you even needing to look.

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