What to Strum WITH

Pay attention to the details here. I know a lot of folks were able to instantly start strumming with something, and never thought about it again. But it's good to have an arsenal. — With a few choices to choose from, you can make changes on the fly, as dictated by the context.

Each technique creates a slightly different sound and allows for different bits of flexibility, which you'll want as you increase the variety of your strums.

Once you get a few different methods under your belt, you'll be surprised how often you make changes, and mix-n-match as you go.

Finger OR Thumb:

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Thumb AND Finger Together:

Like the lion and the lamb, like the farmer and the cowman, the thumb and the finger can be friends.

This is the method I used most of the time.

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Thumb and Finger–SPLIT:

Here the thumb and finger are like the “boys” and “girls” entrances at a Victorian school. Everyone is together, just slightly apart from each other.

I use this one a lot, too.

Note 1: This is really the same as the “lazy strum,” which shows up in the tricks section.

Note 2: Don't confuse this with the split stroke, I talk about in the “George Formby” strum. The “split” here just indicates the way you hold your fingers.
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Nail Rake:

I use this one a lot, too.
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The Pinch:

Not as common, but still useful.
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Playing with a pick?

Generally, I don't recommend 'em. But here's a whole page on Amazon of (mostly) felt ukulele picks–so clearly some people still want them.

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Choosing what's best for you:

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