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Magoosan
03-30-2011, 06:22 AM
I must say I'm against using a pick on the uke, but I'm also getting discouraged with breaking my picking nails just when they get to a good length. Have tried the brush on strengtheners, but don't really want to go the glue on route. These Alaska Piks (http://www.alaskapik.com/) look like an interesting alternative. Have ordered a couple of different sizes but haven't received them yet. Will report back when I've tried them.

ksiegel
03-30-2011, 11:15 AM
I must say I'm against using a pick on the uke, but I'm also getting discouraged with breaking my picking nails just when they get to a good length. Have tried the brush on strengtheners, but don't really want to go the glue on route. These Alaska Piks (http://www.alaskapik.com/) look like an interesting alternative. Have ordered a couple of different sizes but haven't received them yet. Will report back when I've tried them.

It looks interesting, but for those of us without nails, it also looks like a non-starter.

I look forward to hearing how it works out for you.

-Kurt

SailingUke
03-30-2011, 11:27 AM
It looks interesting, but for those of us without nails, it also looks like a non-starter.

I look forward to hearing how it works out for you.

-Kurt
There are many threads on picks. The Alaska works, but as Kurt said you need some nail.
I prefer bare fingrs, but there are times when I just wear out my index finger nail. I use the Fred Kelly freedom picks, but they are expensive when you lose them.
I use the clear and most folks can't tell I have a pick on. Both Alaska & Freedom picks are like a nail extention so you can pick and/or strum.
Depending on you strum style you may want to put a clear pick guard on your uke.

cb56
03-30-2011, 12:07 PM
I use a thumb pick and recently tried the freedom pick on my fingers. Might be a good alternative to the alaska pick. I decided I like bare fingers better but it works pretty good, and no nail required.
http://elderly.com/also/accessories/items/PKFP-POLY-L.htm

Teek
03-31-2011, 12:28 AM
I appreciate this thread and any other posters who might weigh in. I can't keep my right index nail recently and it's frustrating.

jbm
03-31-2011, 02:50 AM
I use the Fred Kelly freedom pick when my index nail gets destroyed. I find them pretty comfortable and I'm able to both strum and finger pick with one on.

UKISOCIETY
03-31-2011, 03:02 AM
I used the Alaska picks for a while on my banjo uke, but developed a picking style that uses my fingertips - not the nails, but the fleshy end of the fingers. I found it more comfortable and loud enough for me. But everyone is different.