Poll: Strumming or Fingerstyle (your primary style of playing)

What is your PRIMARY style of playing?

  • Strumming

    Votes: 13 27.7%
  • Fingerstyle

    Votes: 34 72.3%

  • Total voters
    47

GVlog

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Well, the results thus far are certainly not what I would have expected.

Which makes it clear that I shouldn't make any bets with real money. :p
 

johnnysmash

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Chord Melody and finger style melodies for me. I am learning to strum along with all other techniques using Baritone Ukulele Aerobics, but otherwise I have no interest in strumming. I cannot sing.
 

ukudancer

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I strum more than I fingerpick. I suck at singing however, which is why I use a looper and learn the melodies on top of the rhythm.
 

ripock

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I wonder what everyone means by fingerstyle? There seems like a lot of possible variations in style when a finger is employed. You can do those inner string/outer string patterns like Cotten picking, or Carter scratching, or a modified Travis picking. You can do some Flamenco-inspired galloping picado picking. You can play melodies using scales.
 

ampeep

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Normally fingerpick but sometimes strum, depending on the song. For variety, may play shaker or cabasa.

Daniel Ward & Heidi Swedberg sat in with us at a gig where they fingerpicked & occasionally strummed. Provided welcome variation to those who were strumming.
 

LukuleleStrings

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I really try to mix strumming with fingerstyle so I can keep the rhythm and add the melody - that way nobody asks me to sing. Sometimes it works out pretty well.
 

GVlog

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I wonder what everyone means by fingerstyle?

We could probably split hairs on what counts as fingerstyle (broken/arpeggiated chords, pattern-picking, single-finger runs, et al).

But I think the general difference may be playing in a style intended primarily for vocal accompaniment versus not.
 

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that is actually a very trenchant definition.