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Thread: New to Ukulele's, Are felt picks worth it?

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    Default New to Ukulele's, Are felt picks worth it?

    Hello everyone. Pretty new ukulele owner here, but I'm liking the learning process so far.

    Saying that, I really am used to strumming on a guitar with a pick. I heard that felt picks were the right ones for ukuleles, as normal picks would ruin the strings quicker.

    My question is, are felt picks worth it, or does strumming with my hand provide better benefits?

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    This is just my opinion of course, but one of the things I like about playing the ukulele over the guitar is that I don't have to use a pick. I don't have to worry about that extra piece of equipment, I don't have to worry about losing it, I don't have to worry about it slipping in my fingers and having to reposition it. I'd advise you to try and learn the ukulele without a pick. It's going to seem odd at first but I think the transition will come pretty quickly to where it will feel very natural to play without it. Also, I think you'd find that a small minority of people use a pick when playing a uke. Everyone is going to do what works best for them but I'd recommend having a go at it without the pick. I think it gives a feeling of more connection to the instrument.
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    Felt picks are a matter of taste. Based on my own experience, not that many people use them. I have tried soft picks made from felt, rubber, and leather, and felt came in a distant third; I like leather the best, followed by rubber. In the end, though, I almost never use a pick. I really feel the uke is an instrument meant to be played with the bare hand, and a lot of uke technique is built around that.



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    Give your bare fingers a chance. I played guitar first as well, and I felt kind of naked without a pick. After a few days, however, I began to feel that I actually had more control over my strum, and the ability to create more sounds with my bare fingers than with a pick. I never miss it now - I tried a pick about a month ago and it felt alien to me.
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    +1 on His Sinfulness: I came from playing guitar (badly) with a pick. Bare hands felt weird at first, but it's way more versatile and you actually get a lot more meat out of a strum with multiple fingernails doing your bidding.

    That said I haven't tried the felt/rubber/leather pick thing. Maybe for surf music vibrato?

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    No. They're like trying to butter toast with a phone book.

    If you must use picks, then try various guitar picks. I prefer thin, flexible ones, myself, but your mileage may vary.
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    I've never cared for the sound or feel of strumming with a pick on a ukulele, felt or otherwise. But I am a recent convert to using a thumbpick when fingerpicking.

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    I tend to use picks because my strumming sucks! Felt are good for me, but give a mellower, almost muted sound. Leather is tops for my tastes but does soften very quickly so they don't last long. The only reason I don't like plastic guitar picks much is because of the "clacking" sound you tend to get when they hit the strings.
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    I have a very experimental style and some of my songs have a lot of extreme dynamic contrast.
    At the loud points if there's a lot of downstrumming I do reach for a plec, and I use a very thin nylon plastic guitar plec.
    I had looked into felt picks but I never went for it, I'm happy with the sound I get with my plastic one.
    I would quite like to hear a felt pick being used though, does anyone have any videos or sound clips?

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    I've always likened using a pick on a ukulele as being like using drumsticks on bongos. (So I guess felt picks would be like using mallets on bongos?)

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