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07-03-2009, 06:53 PM
Do you guys use your nail when you strum down with your thumb? For example Dominator seems to strum down with his thumb a lot, do you guys usually use the flesh of your thumb or the nail?


07-03-2009, 08:56 PM
I used the flesh of my thumb to strum, but really it's whatever works best for you.

07-03-2009, 09:07 PM
I hold my index finger(pointer) and thumb together like i'm holding an imaginary pick, the index strums down and thumb strums up. :rock:

07-03-2009, 09:08 PM
You can use any part of the thumb that feels good to you, using the nail will result in a different sound, just experiment, there is no hard and fast way of strumming the ukulele.
Generally the fleshy part of the thumb and fingers produce a more mellow sound and the nail part gives a brighter tone, it all depends on the sound you are trying to creat.

07-03-2009, 09:44 PM
I use both. I prefer to use the nail, but it breaks so often I spend the majority of the time using the flesh. :mad:

(I've tried AlaskaPiks and they seem quite a good substitute if you like the nail sound but don't have a long enough nail!)

07-03-2009, 10:14 PM
I just strum with the flesh

07-03-2009, 10:44 PM
If I want an unassuming subtle sound, I use the thumb. If I want something more pronounced or am not paying attentiuon, I use the nail on my index finger.

07-03-2009, 10:45 PM
My nails are kept short because it's easier to get the tone I'm looking for with the pad or tip of my fingers.

07-04-2009, 05:23 AM
thanks guys that makes sense. I usually strum with my index, but to get a mellow sound I use the flesh of my thumb. I tried growing my thumb nail; when I used my thumb nail my nail would either break or get stuck while strumming down. Short answer, I'll stick with using the flesh when I strum with my thumb.