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    Quote Originally Posted by zztush View Post
    Hi, Lapyang!

    I think your Em and Am are like these below.



    In similar case, thumb for Am is natural.
    If you have to use your thumb for those chords then you are truly doomed when it comes to really hard chords.

    -- Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by sculptor View Post
    If you have to use your thumb for those chords then you are truly doomed when it comes to really hard chords.

    -- Gary
    You might try explaining that to Jorge Glem

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    Quote Originally Posted by JosÚ de Londres View Post
    You might try explaining that to Jorge Glem
    With Jorge Glem and Jake, possibly the two top "Ukulele" players extant both using their thumbs, you certainly don't want to dismiss this technique, even if it doesn't suit you personally. But I'd emphasize two things in this discussion.

    First, even if you prefer not to thumb fret, muting the 4th string can be very useful in some pieces; it's generally easier to do with your thumb.

    Second, ZZ refers to the Standing Position. Obviously it's easier to use your thumb when you also have a strap, as is customary when standing. But strap use isn't confined to the Standing Position. From "Early Romantic Guitar":

    Nearly every period guitar came with a strap button. In the early 19th century, classical guitarists often played using a strap. A period portrait of Giuliani depicts Giuliani playing the guitar standing up and wearing a strap; ...(but) the strap was also worn to help hold the guitar body in position, even while sitting.

    We've always put a strap button on our instruments, in large part to make it easier for those who like to use their thumbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southcoastukes View Post
    With Jorge Glem and Jake, possibly the two top "Ukulele" players extant both using their thumbs, you certainly don't want to dismiss this technique, even if it doesn't suit you personally. But I'd emphasize two things in this discussion.

    First, even if you prefer not to thumb fret, muting the 4th string can be very useful in some pieces; it's generally easier to do with your thumb.

    Second, ZZ refers to the Standing Position. Obviously it's easier to use your thumb when you also have a strap, as is customary when standing. But strap use isn't confined to the Standing Position. From "Early Romantic Guitar":

    Nearly every period guitar came with a strap button. In the early 19th century, classical guitarists often played using a strap. A period portrait of Giuliani depicts Giuliani playing the guitar standing up and wearing a strap; ...(but) the strap was also worn to help hold the guitar body in position, even while sitting.

    We've always put a strap button on our instruments, in large part to make it easier for those who like to use their thumbs.
    In the case of Glem it's a bit different though. It isn't that he's getting away with using the thumb because he's a technical wizard. The use of the thumb is an established and accepted technique in the cuatro repertoire. It's the norm when it comes to the cuatro, which interestingly is an instrument traditionally played strapless.

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    Hi, Lapyang!

    Michael Jackson's multi-millionaire model daughter Paris plays Am like us on her ukulele.



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