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    I also use PPIM when pattern-picking. I use the index finger to finger pick. I use the ring finger on downward strums and the knuckle of the thumb for upward strums. At least, those are fingers that have been muscle-memoried as my default fingers. I can certainly use other fingers when I set my mind to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prb035 View Post
    I've been practicing with the thumb, index, middle & ring, it's seem a logical way to pick as there is one digit per string. The difficulty arises when there is an alternating bass played by the thumb on the 4th & 3rd strings, you end up with one finger to spare for the 2 remaining strings! Which finger do you drop out?
    My thought is that you should stick to your guns. You have that four-finger style going on, so keep it going on. When the bass line requires the G string, use your thumb, when it requires the C string, use your index.

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    There are so many different ways to approach fingerpicking I think once the basics are mastered it's probably up to the player to decide what feels right for them & what works for them. What suits one player may not suit another. I use thumb. index, middle & ring as a general rule, but when I play using an alternating bass style, I drop out the index finger, I didn't make a conscious decision to play this way, it simply evolved over time & it feels comfortable for me as it adjusts & regulates the spacing of the picking fingers to suit the available strings

    Here a quick video, you'll notice that the index finger is not actually picking.

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    Fabulous playing Campbell, as always!

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    Hi, prb035!

    Quote Originally Posted by prb035 View Post
    I've been practicing with the thumb, index, middle & ring, it's seems a logical way to pick as there is one digit per string. The difficulty arises when there is an alternating bass played by the thumb on the 4th & 3rd strings, you end up with one finger to spare for the 2 remaining strings! Which finger do you drop out?
    There is a nice guitar pro file of jingle bells. It is alternate bass (see the photo below). I play only with thumb and index finger. You need TuxGuitar (Free) or similar app to open the file.

    http://gtptabs.com/tabs/3/christmas/...s-ukulele.html


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    1. Picking sounds great!
    2. After you all sent me to Google, I learned that I, too, use PIMA. hahaha... Always good to learn more terminology.
    3. Uke on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkbrantley View Post
    1. Picking sounds great!
    2. After you all sent me to Google, I learned that I, too, use PIMA. hahaha... Always good to learn more terminology.
    3. Uke on!
    My favorite piece of finger terminology is "chico" the 5th element of the PIMAC. I want to use the pinky merely for the reason that its name is chico.

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    Camsuke,

    beautifully picked. I do the same on guitar when i use a thumb pick. I find the index finger just feels too crowded

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    Thumb index and middle for me. Whether guitar or uke, thatís all Iíve been able to pick up. Especially since I always play alternating thumb, if I try to add fingers with a uke then I get double thumps on a string too often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshiNee View Post
    Camsuke,

    beautifully picked. I do the same on guitar when i use a thumb pick. I find the index finger just feels too crowded
    My son uses the thumb, bird and ring fingers as well when he's picking acoustic guitar. I figure that's because when he plays his Tele, he holds a flat pick with his thumb and index and picks with the bird and ring fingers.

    I use the index or index and bird when I'm using alternating thumb. Usually two fingers on guitar, but one on ukulele.

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