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Thread: Picks or no picks ?

  1. #21
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    I am a strong supporter of no picks just because I was taught that way. But I would love a pick for my guitar! Painful I tell you.

  2. #22

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    Usually no picks, but I sometimes use rubber picks for some songs/styles. It doesn't have to be an either/or thing. Be wary of anyone who tells you there is a "right" way to play the uke.

    For me the rubber "wedgies" were the deciding factor. They sound great, don't tear up my soundboard, and in a pinch can be used as an eraser. While I don't use them often, For a half dozen songs or so, they are the perfect thing for the sound I want.

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  3. #23
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    I never used a pick when I played guitar for 48 years,so
    it was natural on the ukulele,not to use one.In truth,I had
    used a pick (very rarely) when playing a bit of bottleneck
    on guitar,but not as a general rule!

  4. #24
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    Me, neither. I never use a pick. I use too many different techniques within one song ( fan, split stroke, triples, and rolls) to go back and forth. I use nature's uke pick, the index finger. You can never drop it, and never have to try to get it out of the c-hole.

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    I voted no picks, but.... when my nail is really worn down and I just can't get the tone I like, I slip a Fred Kelly freedom pick on my index finger. I'm still able to switch between strumming and finger picking with this pick on.
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  6. #26
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    I say whatever makes you feel good....that's what the uke is all about.
    This guy seems to do alright with an imaginary pick:

  7. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by buddhuu View Post
    Not taboo, mate. Whatever works for you is fine.

    I'm a guitar and mandolin abuser myself, so a pick is almost like part of my hand, but never use one for 'ukulele. IMHO it limits the control you have over your tone, limits the techniques available (makes fingerpicking awkward) and, most importantly to me, ruins the lovely tactile experience of playing a uke.
    Agree with the first part - do whatever works for you. No rules. It's your music.

    Second - mmmm. Somewhat.

    I use a pick sometimes. I'm also a former guitar player and for me it depends on the instrument, the sound and the music I'm playing. I use a pick with my steel-string, soild-body electric ukes about 99% of the time, and mostly play rock, blues and a little jazz on them. Just fits the sound and feel. Fingerpicking those slim steel strings doesn't make the sound I want.

    On my acoustics, I use a pick - a regular, thin, plastic guitar pick - about 10-15% of the time. I don't feel a pick limits my control - I feel it gives better control for certain styles of music. But I don't use it a lot.

    I tend to play fingerpicking songs - folk, or folk-style arrangements of vintage and pop music. A pick sounds a bit harsh for this stuff, at least to my ears. I belong to the fingertip school of play, too, not the fingernail school. I keep my nails cut to the quick, and use different parts of my fingers and hand for different sounds and different effects.

    However, when I play along with backing tracks to do some blues solo practice, I often use a pick, even with an acoutic uke. And for a couple of pop pieces I used to strum aggressively on guitar, I find a pick gives me the sound I like. And with a pick, my other fingers act as a sort of counterweight when I'm strumming and I can open or close them depending on the speed and strength of the strum.

    Anything with a slide sounds better to me with a pick, too. I like having a choice.

    I don't like those big, fat and soft felt picks you sometimes get with ukes. To me they're like trying to string a uke with oven mitts on. I prefer a thin, light plastic pick. I can hold it at the end for strumming flexibilty or choke it at the tip for controlled lead picking. I also find hard picks a bit too rigid when strumming. But that's my taste.
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  8. #28
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    I don't like pick on nylon strings....it sounds quite weird to my ears....But I really like the way UV gel coating on fingers sounds like... It gives me a tone that I can't get without them...

    From all the kind and brands that I've tried, the only fingerpicks that is not that bad with nylon strings are the Alaska pik....but it takes some time to get used to it!!
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  9. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by fumanshu View Post
    ... I really like the way UV gel coating on fingers sounds like... It gives me a tone that I can't get without them...
    UV coating? What is this?

    I never use fingerpicks - tried metal and plastic and mizrabs. Didn't like any of them. prefer my bare fingertips. But I'm talking about a flat pick. It can really give some sounds a bite.
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  10. #30

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    I think it depend on your style of playing and preference. I prefere to play with just my fingers.
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