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  1. #11
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    Huh. I've never really given picks much thought for my uke playing. I've always used my fingers and never really needed or wanted to start using a pick. I will have to try out these leather picks. I'm intrigued.

    Also, I've never heard of the "Alaska pick" that goes under the fingernail. That sounds like it would either be painful or just awkward to use. I'll have to do some more research.
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    Peterís work shops ARE terrific- exhausting, but terrific. This will be my third. And the first that will be a day tripó only 15 miles away.
    I can get my fingers moving rapidly, I played piano and clarinet and saxophone. Iím just having a little difficulty in extending my fingers with the pick. Knowing where the end of my Ďlongí finger (pick) is at.

    The first Peter pick as smooth. The second had a rough surface, which I like better. But Iíve never paid attention to thickness or heavy vs. light. Alaska or Lohanu. Perhaps Iíll start buying different types of picks every time I visit a Music Store.

    Yíall have given me ideas to consider.

    Thanks

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    I use picks sometimes especially when my nails are worn. Alaska pick, I don't tuck it under the nail, it hold on fine around the finger. Thinnest guitar pick, Dunlop .27, noisy but fine in a group. Homemade using plastic roofing material with just the right flex, there's a punch for making picks. I don't like leather or felt picks. Best is to try them all.

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    I occasionally use picks, and like the ZeroGravity Orbit pick.

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    Does a plastic pick wear out Aquila super nyguts quickly as my soprano is only a couple of months old and the picking area of the strings has started to sound gravelly and if I rub the pick anywhere else there is no noise.

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    Just use your finger/nail. If you can't grow nails, learn to play with flesh. Plenty of players do fine without nails. Picks are cheap so if you want to try, it's low cost. But the vast majority of greats that are playing on very expensive instruments don't use them... and it's not because they can't afford a 50 cent pick.

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    Perfect thread for me as I was thinking of getting some picks for my uke, and was gonna ask whether people prefer leather or felt. Also I imagine it would be quieter than strumming with my fingers! I do have guitar picks but on uke, strumming fast, its clicky. And uke picks are bigger than those for guitar. But leather or felt, hmmm...
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    These are good picks for ukulele:

    Wedgie Rubber Picks
    If music be the food of love, play on! -Bill Shakespeare

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steedy View Post
    These are good picks for ukulele:

    Wedgie Rubber Picks
    Unfortunately, like a lot of stuff, they're not available in the UK
    You don't stop playing when you get old. You get old when you stop playing

    Tanglewood TU13M concert called Kalea
    Brunswick BU4-B baritone called Kalua
    Fender DG5 Dreadnought guitar named Tilly
    Tanglewood Discovery guitar
    Valencia hybrid classical guitar

    My Music Blog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steedy View Post
    These are good picks for ukulele:

    Wedgie Rubber Picks
    I tried those a number of years back. I did not care for the feel as they seemed to grab or drag on the strings. I also found they left rubber dust residue on my instrument after playing for a while.

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