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    Default Plectrum / Pick etc

    I am a Carlisle United supporter and thus my fingernails are of negligible size.

    I have heard that some well known players of stringed instruments use a small coin or fashion a plectrum / pick from an old plastic card etc.

    What type of orthodox plectrum / pick do you use or what do you use as a plectrum / pick by any other means?
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    Ukulele players generally do not use a plectrum. I have never used one. Fingers, mainly the index finger when strumming, is all I need. Sometimes the thumb will join in as well.

    Like you, I also have negative fingernails. I find a get a nice mellow tone when fingerpicking with the pads of my fingers. I like the sound and feel I use it to my advantage.

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    Del Rey often has at least one banjo pick on her fingers, usually her thumb.
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    I have horrible nails that break off as soon as they extend beyond my fingertips. As a fingerstyle player, I'm able to keep my index, middle and ring nails just long enough to work, but my thumb nail is hopeless so I use a thumb pick. Specifically, the Ernie Ball medium thin, which I file down so the pick part isn't so long.

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    I use Dunlop 1mm or a Bill Stokes (Showcase) custom pick. I may fingerpick a bit but mainly use a pick. There is a whole subculture on picks and capos; mostly in the guitar, banjo and mandolin players. It's a search for a pick that has the old tortoise shell sound. Some cost 50 dollars or more. My thumbpicks are custom and use the Alaskan fingerpicks if needed.

    Thinner the pick equals a brighter sound. Thicker means more mellow.

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    I use a pick when I play - I use the small Dunlop Jazz III's in various materials. I use the red nylon, black stiffo, and ultex. I get different tones from the different materials. I also have some custom made offerings in the same shape, but in bone and horn materials.

    I don't play in a strumming fashion, but rather melody picking. If I were to mostly strum, I would be using a thinner pick. Something in the medium celluloid range.

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    I own a huge and diverse collection of picks from my mandola and mandolin playing. But alas, not a single one of them made a sound on my ukes that wasn't cringe-worthy to my ears. So I taught myself to use my thumb and two fingers.

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    I just started using these:

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    from guitarplayernails.com.
    Not a pick or plectrum, so must be etc.
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    I use Jim Dunlop .038 or .046 Nylons for picking my banjoleles and my baritone uke. I strum chords with my fingers on the rest of my ukes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MopMan View Post
    Ukulele players generally do not use a plectrum. I have never used one. Fingers, mainly the index finger when strumming, is all I need. Sometimes the thumb will join in as well.

    Like you, I also have negative fingernails. I find a get a nice mellow tone when fingerpicking with the pads of my fingers. I like the sound and feel I use it to my advantage.
    Me too! Even playing guitar with steel strings its just the pads of me thumb and fingers.
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