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    Quote Originally Posted by Davoravo View Post
    I have heard that some professional guitarists use clear nail varnish to keep their nails intact even if male.
    I know of classical guitarists who use a variety of options. I have see them repair or maintain nails with super glue.

    There are players who do a wonderful job with picks. Besides Aaron Keim, who was mentioned previously, The guitarist/string wizard Rob Bourassa uses a thumb pick.




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    Nope. Just fingernails. But enjoy and keep playing whatever your style/technique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandarb View Post
    Nope. Just fingernails. But enjoy and keep playing whatever your style/technique.
    Yes, It should be about the music, not the tools

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    I use both (not together of course). Got a nice collection going on!
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    Solid Mahogany Tiny Tenor from Pepe Romero/Daniel Ho. Low-G. I named it "Lumière"
    Kala Soprano KA-ASOV-S Spruce and Ovangkol. High-G I named "Blood, Sweat, & Tears"
    KLOS Carbon Fiber Tenor Deluxe Acoustic/Electric Ukulele wound Low-G
    Cynthia Lin Performance uke. Concert scale with a cutaway Low-G
    Kala Soprano KA-KCT-S Ziricote fitted with Ernie Ball clear High-G
    Custom solid body steel string Tenor

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    I primarily play with shaped, polished nails, but when the music demands that I use a plectrum, I prefer to use Cool Juratex Jazz picks. They produce an excellent tone and provide plenty of player feedback. IMHO, felt and leather picks don't provide enough string feel.

    I also find that the Butterfly Finger Picks finger picks with the plastic coating work well for making up the difference in volume when I break a nail (the finger picks feel similar enough to playing with nails yet provide a volume boost vs. bare flesh and can be used to strum).

    Unfortunately, neither the juratex nor the butterfly picks are especially kind to 'ukulele strings. Extended play with either type will dull the surface of 'ukulele strings quite rapidly, resulting in a loss of brightness and sustain.
    "Who hears music, feels his solitude Peopled at once -- for how count heart-beats plain / Unless a company, with hearts which beat, / Come close to the musician, seen or no?" - Robert Browning, "Balaustion's Adventure"

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    It must be a practice thing. I've tried picks a couple of times, but it's like they're getting stuck between the strings. I guess I've just been using long fingernails as picks. Short nails on fret side, long on the picking side lol.
    Maybe I'll try a thumb pick just for fun.

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    For some reason I can’t control volume with a thumb pick but have no trouble with a normal pick.

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    I started playing ukulele with a pick after 25 years of playing guitar. Then, after a while, I stopped looking for picks and used my fingers so much I started using them on guitar as well. Now that’s what’s most comfortable to me, but I always have a pick handy for when I want to play jazz leads on uke or punk/rock/metal on guitar. It’s all what the song calls for.

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