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    I had the same problem when I first started and after time it just went away, so I can't explain exactly what I did differently. I want to say I was fretting too hard and my technique wasn't as great when switching. It could be the strings because when I first started I used Aquilas, but I swapped them out and haven't had a problem since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey View Post
    Maybe I'm pressing two hard and perhaps the strings are embedding into my pads a bit too deeply. My pads are already quite hard but they do have a groove in them.

    I'm using Aquila strings, which I like because they have a nice full sound. Is there a different flavour I could try?
    My wife uses Aquila New Nylgut strings and they sound great on her uke. I don't notice the sound you are talking about when she plays or when I play her uke.
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    Naturally , the instrument will make noticeable pull-off sounds just slightly even with clean fingers, good strings, and proper technique.
    So if you do practice or play quieter songs (also slower tempoed as well) , it is worthwhile to practice legato, as this musically will help in hiding the pull-off sound. Legato meaning lifting off the played string at the time of playing a future or next note.
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    I notice that too with mine when I'm doing a practice scale run. I'm on Aquilas which have been on since 2014 (tho I didn't really play it the first year I had it)

    It's worse on the classical guitar with its wound bass strings because of the squeak. Is it caused by soft fingers? Mine are just now getting toughened up.
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    Those sounds will become more controllable as you mature as a player. Or you may grow to expect them and enjoy them. My guitar instructor once told me that when his daughter, then grown and living on her own, heard the sound of a guitarist's fretting hand squeaking as it moved between chords, it always reminded her of him and the hours he spent playing, and practicing, and squeaking at home. For her, it was comfort food to the ears.

    Or you can just check out this thread: http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...kulele-Strings

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    On the ukulele it's more annoying because it's like a hammer off each time I jump strings when doing a scale run, and it's quite loud
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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryS View Post
    On the ukulele it's more annoying because it's like a hammer off each time I jump strings when doing a scale run, and it's quite loud
    I would say that you likely need to concentrate more on lifting your fingers straight, up and away from the strings before you move them toward the next position. As always, practice at the slowest speed you need to get the technique down. Don't be in a hurry. Speed will come later.

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    I cleaned my strings and it really didn't make much difference, so I was considering trying one of the other sets that's been recommended. The killer for me is releasing a barre, my index finger seems to cling to every string on the release and I get a perfect Am7 which can sound awful. However, my dad always said "a bad workman blames his tools"; words which ring in my ears in such situations.

    So... I have started lifting my fingers slower and that seems to help. I also noticed how gracefully many players move around the fretboard and how little they raise them from the fretboard. When I'm trying to keep time, I'm in a big hurry to lift my fingers, move and plant them elsewhere, so it's almost like three movements rather than one fluid movement. Seems like an obvious solution but just playing at a slower tempo, get everything sounding sweet, then maybe picking up the pace as and when I can cleanly move around the fretboard (with all fingers moving in unison and in one movement).
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    Worth Browns on the Brueko seem the "cleanest" for me, but I bought it used and don't know if that was how they originally felt. To me, they have a tension that makes it great for fingerpicking, but harder for barring. But that may be the higher action, too.

    My new Kala ASOV S that was the Overstock deal a few weeks ago still has the stock Aquila New Nylgut. I felt like my hands were needing to be washed after playing for a bit. I attributed it to the powdery coating that seems to be on their new strings, as I noticed the same thing when I purchased my Luna that came with the same strings. Now that the strings have been on for a while it is not as noticeable, as was the case with the Luna. I was leaning towards changing the strings to Martins, but they sound so much better after a few weeks. It wasn't a staying-in-tune issue as much as a odd sound to the uke. Now it is good to my ears

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