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    Default Anyone prefer using a pick instead of fingers?

    Most of the people I have seen play ukulele with their fingers, however, I did run across a video of someone playing with a pick instead. I was wondering how many out there do use picks instead and their reasoning.

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    It's not uncommon for old time 'ukulele players in Hawaii to use a thumb pick combined with finger technique but most younger players go with finger flesh or nails. Plastic picks render a more twangy and bright tone than fingers, so not for everybody. I use a pick when I play electric and steel-string acoustic guitars but don't find a pick on nylon or fluorocarbon strings to be as nearly attractive as flesh or well smoothed nails. If you do use a pick, the heavier jazz style picks make a rounder tone than the thin praise band strummer picks.

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    I use picks sometimes, but I think I enjoy fingers better. Especially if I’m just noodling some stuff by ear. I use picks under .050 mm like “Ukulele for Dummies” suggests. I mostly use Dunlop .046 nylon or Red Prime Grips.
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    You can also do a search on the topic. There was a discussion a couple of weeks back about picks.

    FWIW- I recently tried a leather pick which has some attractive features- a little more bite than fingertips, yet less than a plastic pick. Overall, I still prefer fingertips/nails.

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    I use a pick 99% of the time. I do a lot of blue grass double pickin' on both guitar and usually, a baritone uke. Like others, I have a drawer full of picks searching for one I really liked with a nylon strung instrument. Right now my favorite is a Charmed Life Pick brown CLT.075 and CLT.088.

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    When I played guitar (for almost 50 years), I always used a pick, since playing ukulele 6 years ago, I never use a pick, as well as with bass that I took up 5 years ago.


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    I bought a special felt and cardboard pick for my ukulele. My dog ate it.

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    I've tried one but it didn't last long. A pick doesn't lend itself to my strumming style.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    I prefer the sound using a heavy smooth plastic pick I think my strings disagree as they seem to were quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gochugogi View Post
    It's not uncommon for old time 'ukulele players in Hawaii to use a thumb pick combined with finger technique but most younger players go with finger flesh or nails. Plastic picks render a more twangy and bright tone than fingers, so not for everybody. I use a pick when I play electric and steel-string acoustic guitars but don't find a pick on nylon or fluorocarbon strings to be as nearly attractive as flesh or well smoothed nails. If you do use a pick, the heavier jazz style picks make a rounder tone than the thin praise band strummer picks.
    Hahahahaha! As a Catholic boy who pioneered the "guitar Mass" at my Church back in 1969, I am getting a kick out of the term "praise band strummer picks"!!

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