Should I use a pick with my ukulele?

The main point for this question is to understand how a pick may be used with a ukulele. If you are a beginner and haven’t started to learn how to play ukulele, then pick is still something you probably want to avoid. The pick is designed to have a very specific tone (that’s the best thing you can have with any instrument), so if you go up the fretboard too high, or get too much action with the string, and you end up picking too low, there’s a decent chance you’re damaging the uke’s overall tone.

The guitar pick is made to be placed in between your thumb and fingers (similar to a pick in the case of playing the ukulele), and to stay put in exactly where you would want to play your strings (with the pick), so it is a different angle and position to the ukulele’s pick. The same goes for drumming with a pick, it works differently to the ukulele pick as it doesn’t move with the string, so it would probably be best to stick with your drumsticks for drumming.

Another question that comes up a lot with pick use is “Why do you pick?” and most people answer this with something along the lines of “it’s just a lot easier to use in a certain situation”. The truth is that when ukulele players learn to pick, they pick in order to maintain that specific and comfortable sound, and they’ll learn to pick more with the help of additional tips and lessons with their teachers or teachers from other instruments. The pick is not designed to be used in one specific order – that is just a very limiting idea. You probably already have your own method for picking that makes perfect (or close to it) sense to you, but don’t feel obligated to have one of those just because you’re a beginner, you can learn a lot with just practice and a little advice with people who know everything you need to know, at that.

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