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    Default Fingerstyle Practice

    I've been playing guitar for a while and, when I crossed over to ukulele, assigned four fingers (picking hand) to individual strings, but I've never been too stoked on the tone or the speed. I was talking to a friend who plays ukulele way better than I do, and he said that he only uses four fingers when plucking a chord. Generally he just uses three (T, I, M) and alternates the thumb between the G and C strings.

    So I started re-learning this and it's tough!

    Also, just an aside: usually I don't play with fingernails, but greatly prefer the tone of fingernails and have found that the angle of attack from the thumb in particular has a huge impact on the tone and it's something else I'll have to focus on learning.

    But it's still a lot of fun.


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    I use 4 fingers

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    Quote Originally Posted by prb035 View Post
    I'm currently just using the thumb
    That how I play. Guess I'm too lazy or satisfied with the status quo to change. But that inspires me to try,

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    Thanks! I really appreciate it.

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    Interesting. I try to stick to PIMA, but occasionaly just use my thumb when the picking tends to be mostly sequential. I'll have to try this out.
    Glenn

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    I usually use PIMA when fingerpicking, but when playing Travis-style patterns with alternating bass as you do here, I always switch to PIM and use the thumb to play the alternating bass.

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    Very nice picking Russ.
    Fast, accurate, and very musical.
    What's the chord sequence?
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    I started out usin’ pima, but I didn’t like it and switched to pim. I also used just my index and thumb for clawhammer. But then, just noodling tunes, I started using just my thumb.

    Now, when I play on Aquilas at all, I use pim, or strum. For my other axes, I use picks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maki66 View Post
    Very nice picking Russ.
    Fast, accurate, and very musical.
    What's the chord sequence?
    Thank you!

    C, F, C, G, C, F, C, G
    Em, F, Em, F, Em, F, Dm, G

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    I use PIM, Ukulele Mike and Aaron Keim teach that method. It is very effective with Travis picking as you use alternating thumb and when you pinch the 3 and 1 string together.
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