Here is one of my favorite ukulele secrets. Taken from my harp ukulele original, King’s Rain, these artful and impressive arpeggios span the neck and will improve your agility and accuracy for both your left and right hands.
The ingredients for a UKULELE BADASS!
When I composed King’s Rain I heard these arpeggios in my head before I even worked them out on the ukulele. I wanted to write a song for the harp ukulele that sounded like a traditional harp being played. What I didn’t anticipate was how much fun they would be to play. I spent hours shedding on them, easily hundreds of repetitions. I liked the way they sounded and I really liked the way they felt under my fingers.
I still use them as a workout… or just to show off.
Performance Notes: Once again, three finger right hand technique. Thumb plays 4th string and index and ring fingers play the rest. See the instructional video for more explanation.
Left hand fingering should follow campanella judgement. Let the note on a string ring as long as possible before moving to the next note on the same string. This takes a bit of practice to do smoothly so go slow at first. This is important and when you get it faster it will sound like a harp.
Repetition. I don’t think you will get bored with these. Shoot for infinity.
USE THESE IDEAS TO CREATE YOUR OWN.
Please. As with any of my secrets, they are meant to inspire you to learn and expand.
The worksheet has 6 arpeggios written out in TAB with a chord diagram above each one.
Here’s the first example. Download all six examples below.
Download the full Campanella Arpeggio Workout.
Here is the demonstration video with helpful hints.
To refresh your memory of these being used in a song, here is the King’s Rain video. The arpeggio section begins at 1:18.
And one last thing… PRACTICE!!!
April 15th, 2012 at 3:52 pm
Another great lesson Tim. Campenella is a mind bender. You do a great job thinking your way through it.
April 18th, 2012 at 2:48 pm
Thanks very much Tim for these campanella exercises. They sound great and are a lot of fun to play,
May 8th, 2012 at 12:25 pm
Thank you! I feel like I found a kindred spirit when I found your site! You are so far along the path I want to take… I may never catch up but thanks for being my guide!
June 26th, 2012 at 6:59 pm
thanks so much for the lesson and the video to go along with it. i have been playing guitar for years and stuff like this makes the transition to ukulele a lot easier. great post keep up the hard work. check these out IStillGotMyGuitar
July 27th, 2013 at 3:13 pm
Great “arpeggio workout”! What a great way to practice the campanella-style playing. Thank you very much!
August 15th, 2015 at 9:43 pm
Share more uke secrets! This is great stuff man.
February 20th, 2016 at 2:49 am
thanks for sharing, you are is a ukulele professional 🙂