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    Default Suggestions for a pick

    I am hoping to tap the collective wisdom of UU to help me with a new challenge to my uke playing.

    A few months ago, I sustained a minor injury to my fingernail. The injury was minor, but the pain and damage was major. Of course it's my right index finger. This week, the nail finally gave up the ghost and what I'm left with is a mess. It hurts to strum with and sounds terrible picking.

    Does anyone have a suggestion for a fingerpick that would allow me to pick and strum with my index finger until the nail grows back? I used to have metal fingerpicks in my guitar days, and they would work for the picking portion, but there wasn't anything on the top that would help cover the nail in order to strum.

    I may order several, and try them out in order to find works well. Any suggestions are appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Nick

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    Alaska picks might work for you:

    http://www.alaskapik.com/



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    epoxy on the fingernail
    subvert the dominant paradigm

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    I tore the fingernail on my index finger last winter and it was in-op for just a couple of weeks. I got pretty darn good with my middle finger, and just moving everything over. After a few weeks I switched back, without much problem. I'll admit, that for finger picking, it was a long time until I got that nice clear twang back, but I did eventually. Adapt and overcome. I actually got adept enough switching around, that I still do it on occasion just to mix it up. It is kind of fun.
    Last edited by Rllink; 06-09-2015 at 05:48 AM.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earljam View Post
    epoxy on the fingernail
    No nail left!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I tore the fingernail on my index finger last winter and it was in-op for just a couple of weeks. I got pretty darn good with my middle finger, and just moving everything over. After a few weeks I switched back, without much problem. I'll admit, that for finger picking, it was a long time until I got that nice clear twang back, but I did eventually. Adapt and overcome. I actually got adept enough switching around, that I still do it on occasion just to mix it up. It is kind of fun.
    This is what I've been doing, and it works. I admit, I kind of like the idea of having this constraint and seeing how I can adapt my playing around it. It's interesting, but it is, and I imagine would continue to be a lesser option for me than finding a pick that would allow me to use my index finger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichM View Post
    Alaska picks might work for you:

    http://www.alaskapik.com/
    Thanks for this, I will check them out.

    Nick

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    Quote Originally Posted by niwenomian View Post
    This is what I've been doing, and it works. I admit, I kind of like the idea of having this constraint and seeing how I can adapt my playing around it. It's interesting, but it is, and I imagine would continue to be a lesser option for me than finding a pick that would allow me to use my index finger.
    I just threw that out there. There is any number of options, and none are necessarily better than the others.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...tective+Agency

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    A Fred Kelly Freedom Pick should work just fine. It covers your fingertip like a fingernail. It allows for a downward brush stroke as well as upward single string picking. It's the next best thing to a fingernail. You can buy them on ebay.

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    Ralph Shaw mentioned going to a nail salon to have a fake nail put on when one of his broke.

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