View Full Version : Picking a 6 string uke?

07-31-2012, 06:55 AM

I've been slowly falling in love thinking about buying the KALA KA-S6E, a 6 string tenor, and I'm somewhere in between a 'picker' and a 'strummer'. Is a 6 string uke too tough to pick? I've played around with an 8-string tenor and I wasn't able to pick around on it, but I feel like the space on a 6-string would be easier.

Has anybody ever played the ka-s6e? If so, what do you think about it, and can you pick it?


07-31-2012, 07:00 AM
Any stores in your area to try one?

07-31-2012, 07:00 AM
No, I really wish there were though.

07-31-2012, 07:03 AM
That is a shame. Hopefully some others will chime in. I think it is like anything though - it might be a little difficult at first but with some time and practice you will be fine. Good luck with whatever you decide.

Uke Republic
07-31-2012, 07:23 AM
You can pick on that model easy as long as you have a bit of thumb and forefinger nail to get those C and A apart.

Paul December
07-31-2012, 07:45 AM
I find a 6 string much easier to pick than an 8 string.

07-31-2012, 08:20 AM
Here's my 2 cents.
I play a mix of strum and picking. I have my 6 string tuned with unison high "A's". I find I can play a melody and pick just fine.
I like the sound of a 6 string with a low "A" when strummed. In fact I played a Lanakai tuned that way last night in a shop and really liked the sound.
When I tried a melody however it was pretty bad when I hit that low "A".
So my dilemma is how do I tune octave or unison "A" ?

08-01-2012, 01:16 AM
I'm somewhere in between a 'picker' and a 'strummer'.
This is great! I also like picking the 6 string uke. I own Lanikai LU-6E.
Now try "Carter style."
Here is my recording on Youtube
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