Little did I know until very recently that the guitalele has another name- the kiku (pronounced k-eye-kyoo) ukulele. And furthermore,I discovered it's the modernization of the quint guitar.
As I stated before,this unique member of the ukulele family can be played in a few ways- as a regular ukulele,focusing mainly on the upper four strings, as a regular ukulele with two additional lower bass strings,or,as a 6 string ukulele. I mix and match all of the above.....which I discovered when the used kiku uke I won in an online auction arrived missing the bottom string.
Presently,I'm working on chord charts and a string note guide for players just starting out. Tho I love my collection of 4 string ukes,this one is the one I feel most at home on,possibly due to guitar being my first instrument. You can play of course,with fingers or a pick. For a pick, I prefer the "Famous" brand of leather pick. It is just stiff enough to do the job,and soft enough that it hasn't left any hairline scratches on my nylon strung guitars or kiku ukulele.
I'm also working on the possiblility of providing video lessons on this wonderful variation of uke.
If you have any questions about playing this particular type of ukulele,please contact me and ask!