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Thread: Steel Strings: Use a Pick or Use Fingers

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    Default Steel Strings: Use a Pick or Use Fingers

    Yesterday I got my Vorson FSUK-1 electric ukulele. It sounds great with the Fender 10G amp. This has steel strings, and strumming with my index finger has a different feel. I imagine that it would act like an automatic nail file after a lot of playing. I tried strumming with a pick, but the pick makes noise as it hits the strings, and it's something new for me.

    So, what do those of you who have steel strings use to strum?

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    I usually use a pick if I'm primarily strumming. You might try a different pick if you don't like how yours feels or sounds. Or turn up the amp so it overwhelms the acoustic pick noise. If finger picking then I'll occasionally strum with thumb or finger nail, or I'll pluck a chord rather than strumming it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcy View Post
    Or turn up the amp so it overwhelms the acoustic pick noise.
    I don't think the pick noise is coming through the amp, but I can hear it, and it's distracting. Maybe a felt pick would be better.
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    Either technique is useful depending on the sound you want.

    Mark Knopfler used his fingers mostly.
    Eric Clapton used a pick.

    Learning to play with a pick can be useful and I suggest you buy yourself some Dunlop Nylon picks. 0.73 gauge I think. These are the easiest and quietest picks to use to start with anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyg View Post
    Either technique is useful depending on the sound you want.

    Mark Knopfler used his fingers mostly.
    Eric Clapton used a pick.

    Learning to play with a pick can be useful and I suggest you buy yourself some Dunlop Nylon picks. 0.73 gauge I think. These are the easiest and quietest picks to use to start with anyway.
    Thanks. I've received lots of plastic picks with other orders. I'll look at the Dunlop.

    EDIT: Wow! A whole new world has opened up to me - the World of Picks. Too many choices.

    https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=Dunlop+...f=nb_sb_noss_2
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    Charmed Life Picks are great. I used the gray Dunlop .073 and like them okay. The Brown CK73 is the one I'm using now for flatpicking and general playing. I play an 1893 Bay State Parlor and Thomas Contra baritone thru a Phil Jones Double 4 amp.. The Charmed Life Picks use a material developed by the owner and glides across the strings with out the usual clicking sound from a plastic pick.

    Yep, a whole world out there when it comes to picks and capos; I have a drawer full of them. The Charmed Life Pick is expensive but well worth the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    Charmed Life Picks are great. I used the gray Dunlop .073 and like them okay. The Brown CK73 is the one I'm using now for flatpicking and general playing. I play an 1893 Bay State Parlor and Thomas Contra baritone thru a Phil Jones Double 4 amp.. The Charmed Life Picks use a material developed by the owner and glides across the strings with out the usual clicking sound from a plastic pick.

    Yep, a whole world out there when it comes to picks and capos; I have a drawer full of them. The Charmed Life Pick is expensive but well worth the money.
    "Brown CK73" - Google doesn't always work.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=Brow...hrome&ie=UTF-8
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    i bought a couple of picks, but normally use cut up (credit type) cards of various thicknesses & shapes.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    I sometimes use leather picks from an outfit called SkinTone picks https://shopskintones.com/

    I use them for bass guitar and guitar. I haven't tried them with ukulele, though. You're right, there are an overwhelming variety of picks out there. These leather picks don't make any clickety clack noise at all, at least when I use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    "Brown CK73" - Google doesn't always work.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=Brow...hrome&ie=UTF-8
    I should have posted the link Jerry: https://www.charmedlifepicks.com/online-store

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