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    I have notice that some of the members on posted videos use only or mostly their thumb for picking strings, I play like tha, I have tried to learn using all the fingers, but I get frustrated and lazy and revert to thumbing it. I never played guitar, Maybe that has something to do with it. Just curious, how many play like this. Thanks.

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    As I recall, there's a video clip out there, of James Hill doing a very cool slow jazzy tune, using just his thumb. A great example of how effective that approach can be!

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    Yeah, I definitely use mostly my thumb these days and I play mainly fingerstyle stuff.
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    I use my thumb on the top two strings. I'm not comfortable thumbing the bottom two. Index finger goes to E, and middle finger goes to A.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I use my thumb on the top two strings. I'm not comfortable thumbing the bottom two. Index finger goes to E, and middle finger goes to A.
    You are my hero. I'll try that

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    Quote Originally Posted by plunker View Post
    You are my hero. I'll try that
    That's the way I as taught - no heroism involved.
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    I noticed that many of the professional uke players use the thumb to play leads, so this definitely seems to be preferred technique. I have played guitar for many years and my thumb just wants to do bass and fingers go for the melody, so I find it very tough to switch to pure uke technique. In particular I find upstrokes with the thumb difficult, even for strumming it sounds terrible.

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    I was curious, how many "thumbers" are strickly uke players. Seems like the all the fingers guys started on guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plunker View Post
    I was curious, how many "thumbers" are strickly uke players. Seems like the all the fingers guys started on guitar.
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    I was a PIMA person (I did come from guitar) until I learned a load of tunes out of James Hill's Duets for One book. That totally converted me to thumbing, I am capable of a much wider expressive range using my thumb now I've practised it a lot as well.

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