May2014

Phil Doleman Explains the Circle of Fifths

Beginners Lessons, General, Intermediate Lessons, Practical Theory

What is it? The circle of 5ths is nothing to be scared of! It’s simply a diagram that includes every single musical note, once only. Why? Of course, you could just go around the circle in alphabetical order, but on this diagram we go round in the musical ‘interval’ of[…]

  1. Andrew Robinson: Excellent exegseis! You don't mention, though you could, that Father Christmas and Blanket Exploded give the sharps and flats as…

  2. Tony Casey: I bloody love you, Dole Philman!

Phil Doleman Gives Exercises on Alternating Thumb Style Ukulele

Beginners Lessons, Fingerstyle Lessons, General, Intermediate Lessons, Tabs

Alternate Thumb Picking A great way of fingerpicking a song without losing the rhythmic drive you get from strumming is by using alternate thumb picking. It’s based on ‘Travis picking’ on the guitar, where the right hand thumb provides a driving bassline, going back and forth between two notes of[…]

  1. Paula Paul: Good information! It would be easier to understand if I could see your right hand as you played.

  2. Tallula: I'm just starting out with my ukulele and this looks like exactly the video I need... but like the comment…