how to anchor thumb when switching – still in UUU 100

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    Hi,

    I just got my uke a few days ago and I’m trying to practice! I know several chords (and have a piano background) but I’m finding it incredibly difficult to anchor my hand/thumb (in my case right since I’m playing left handed) when switching for example for an F to a C in the early exercises. I am petite with small hands, though I’ve heard that doesn’t matter when it comes to a good uke player ultimately. I can hit the chord F fine, but then not in a way that’s anchored– my thumb is flat against the back rather than curled over– and then I sort of end up dropping the head of the uke/losing control in order to get back to a C. I can’t seem to reach when my thumb is wrapped around.

    Any thoughts?

    #23832

    Thanks so much for watching! As with any chord switch, you’ll have to play around and find out what works for you – but it may be helpful to check out the Songs Made Easy Tutorial that Aldrine did for Melt With You:

    Songs Made Easy – I Melt With You

    He starts teaching the chords just before the 3:00 minute mark, so take a look at how he positions his hands just to keep the neck stable. C and F are really important chords that you’ll most likely be using all of the time, so find what is comfortable for you and figure out what requires the least amount of movement and repositioning. Try it out and let us know how it goes!

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