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Thread: James Hill - Cherry Picking / Cheri Picking

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    To my ear, that has a distinctly Appalachian kind of sound to it. At least that's what I get out of the tune he plays at the end of the video. OK, I now have watched the 2nd video above. It's the Irish in it that I'm hearing. Of course, the Irish settled Appalachia, so that accounts for that.
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    I've read all this and searched the internet trying to demystify the technique. It's an elusive customer! I still don't get it!

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    Dear xyz,

    I think at least a couple of us would dance little circles out in the street if you made a video, (slow motion), of your interpretation of the technique.
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    I'll try to make a video. Don't have a video camera but I'll try.

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    My suggestion is to get hold of any 15 year old relative, they carry the technology around on their phone and know how to use it, and thanks for considering my request. I have been working on computers since the early 80s but I carry an old flip phone. When I need something tricky done from a phone, I call on one of my children.
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    Great thread. James Hill has done so much for the mighty 'uke movement.

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    In my musical circles "Cherry Picking" is called "Dead Thumb" Technique. Usually used by guitarists and particularly for the Blues. It is a natural technique for a reentrantly tuned instrument like Ukulele.

    I too liked this version of St Anne's Reel. It is an Old Time dance tune from Canada not Appalachia. But Canada was settled by the Scots-Irish too.
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    I've done a small video I'll upload later today. I've watched a few "Dead Thumb" tutorial videos and it doesn't look like "Cherry picking". For example the thumb can play any string. I'm no expert so I'll let you judge from the video later today.

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    I had the pleasure of playing with Tobias in the Czech Uke Fest this Summer. He and Nicolaj joined me on stage during my set. We chose to play Smash The Windows as we all enjoy Celtic music. Tobias played using this cherry-picking technique while I used my more regular fingerpicking style. The recording quality isn't great, but you can hear clearly the different techniques in action.

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    Thanks for sharing, what a great performance !

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