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stirman
11-18-2008, 02:53 PM
May be a dumb question, but from viewing many videos, it seems like everyone has their own style...

Which fingers hit the strings on your down strum?

I am opting to NOT use my thumb going down (most of the time), to get the added volume from hitting the strings with the my fingernails from my first and second fingers.. but since I am new, I am wondering if there are any pros and cons to which fingers you use on your down strum. I figured, may as well try not to develop bad habits in this early stage of learning!

Thanks!

thejumpingflea
11-18-2008, 03:33 PM
May be a dumb question, but from viewing many videos, it seems like everyone has their own style...

Which fingers hit the strings on your down strum?

I am opting to NOT use my thumb going down (most of the time), to get the added volume from hitting the strings with the my fingernails from my first and second fingers.. but since I am new, I am wondering if there are any pros and cons to which fingers you use on your down strum. I figured, may as well try not to develop bad habits in this early stage of learning!

Thanks!

Typically I just use the pointer finger for the down strums. When I want to 'attack' a chord though I tend to use the pointer, middle and ring fingers.

There is no *right* way to do it, but you can get the most speed typically using your pointer finger.

Hope that helps some!

hoosierhiver
11-18-2008, 03:36 PM
I mostly use my thumb.

BTWriter
11-18-2008, 03:41 PM
Not that I know anything, but I've been practicing with both my index finger alone and a thumb-down-index-up strum to produce different sounds. The thumb seems to give a soft, fleshy sound, with a bit of bounce, whereas the index alone gives a consistent rougher sound.

Waterguy
11-18-2008, 03:43 PM
I get a much sweeter sound when I stum with my finger tip then I do when I strum with my nail. I may be using the word sweeter incorectly here BTW, I am not a music expert by any means but I do recognize differences in sound. Based on what I hear, I try to strum with a finger nail when that is the sound I am looking for and I try to strum with skin when that is the sound I am looking for.

Bottom line, there is never any right or wrong way. What you think sounds best is right for you.

hoosierhiver
11-18-2008, 04:25 PM
Bottom line, there is never any right or wrong way. What you think sounds best is right for you.[/QUOTE]

That's one thing I love about ukuleles

grappler
11-18-2008, 05:11 PM
Just My 2cents

i strum down with both my pointer AND thumb

for some reason, when im ripping the uke on songs like crosscurrent, my point finger starts to get like a "paper cut" and really get annoying after when it hurts.


Should stop mucking around with that song and play properly LOL ;)

stirman
11-19-2008, 05:01 AM
Great feedback... maybe I shuold stop worrying about the "right" way to do things, and just do what feels best to develop my own style!

Thanks!

Kanaka916
11-19-2008, 05:25 AM
Great feedback... maybe I shuold stop worrying about the "right" way to do things, and just do what feels best to develop my own style!

Thanks!
Couldn't have said it any better. There is no hard and fast rule about strumming, if you're comfortable with it, go for it.