View Full Version : Tonal quality variation for youe picking.

06-15-2008, 10:13 AM
Ever noticed the difference in tone pending on where you strum or pluck the ukulele strings?
Through simple experimentation I find that this is due to the taughtness of the string, "that is, how tight the string is" when you pluck it. If you pluck the a string right next to the bridge one can procure a staccato sound similar to playing with a pick. This is because the string has less room to vibrate. If you pluck a string right over the 12th string "halfway mark for a string from saddle to bridge" one can procure a mellow laggato sound that resonates for a long time. This is because the string has plenty of room to vibrate to its fullest.

It's lots of fun to diddle with this effect for solo's and keeping time alike!
Have a blast.

06-15-2008, 03:22 PM
i remember aldrine talking about making a video for uke minutes about ways to attack the string. that could also affect the sound you make.

06-15-2008, 03:31 PM
thanks for contributing the tip BB! i'm sure this will help many to add variety to their pickin'.

06-15-2008, 08:41 PM
Slack key guitarists frequently take advantage of that, they'll commonly move their picking hand back near the bridge when they execute chimes (harmonics), it gives it a more "brilliant" sound.