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    The new E. This is a revolution for me. I...

    The new E.

    This is a revolution for me. I have always used the 1402 chord for E because the 4442 or the 4447 always sounded shrill to me. Moreover those latter permutations never seemed to fit...
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    I am making some progress on clawhammer. I am...

    I am making some progress on clawhammer. I am starting to get the E string. I was trying to use too much force. I was trying to force my way through the E string and not doing much beside muting...
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    being a relative novice I can tell you what I do...

    being a relative novice I can tell you what I do and how I got to where I'm at. I fret the 1402 by using the index finger for the "1" and middle finger for the "2". On the C string I put the middle...
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    For the speed, I've been using a metronome, which...

    For the speed, I've been using a metronome, which seems to bother my cats to no end. I've stopped trying to get faster until I can play all the strings. I can tell that I only barely have it all...
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    thanks for the responses. I do fret my notes the...

    thanks for the responses. I do fret my notes the standard way. I was just wondering why the standard way is the standard way. Now I am wondering what campanella style is.
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    how's the clawhammering coming along? For my...

    how's the clawhammering coming along? For my part, I finally got the rhythm down and the A string is going strong. The E string claw is another matter. I am still working on getting the angle...
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    question about precision in fretting

    I fret notes like I play chords: with arched fingers...so this is more of playing the devil's advocate. Why does precision matter?

    If, for example, I wanted to play the F note on the fifth fret...
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    I was playing my Cordoba today. Obviously really...

    I was playing my Cordoba today. Obviously really enjoying it. The strings bend and the frets are where I know they'll be. The kamaka and I are still feeling each other out. The cordoba is...
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    Using the metronome I am dialing in the...

    Using the metronome I am dialing in the clawhammer rhythm. I am thinking of it as a 3/4 waltz type of thing: claw, rest, strum, thumb. I am primarily just clawing the A string. After a while, it...
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    I am still intercalating beats in the clawhammer...

    I am still intercalating beats in the clawhammer technique. It is time to unlock the mystery of the metronome. It is a mystery because I don't know how to open it. It is shaped like an obelisk and...
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    Some people strum with their fingers and some...

    Some people strum with their fingers and some with their wrists. I strum with the heart and my heart is a bit mercurial. So I basically do whatever I want to do. I do find myself doing a lot of...
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    Poll: I buy e-books and then forward them to Fedex...

    I buy e-books and then forward them to Fedex Office where they print it off and put it in a three-ring binder for me. This costs a little bit, but still monetarily and philosophically less dear than...
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    practiced clawhammer today. After studying and...

    practiced clawhammer today. After studying and trying I now see that a fundamental problem resides in my lack of rhythm. I am not keeping time consistently. I seem to collapse the interval between...
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    Like you, I am just beginning clawhammer with...

    Like you, I am just beginning clawhammer with similar hurdles. Here's what I found with the thumb: If I flick/pluck the G string with my thumb the sound, as you noticed, it a little underwhelming. ...
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    So far today I have, in terms of ukulele...

    So far today I have, in terms of ukulele activity, re-strung my Oscar Schmidt with clear Worth Low G's. This was my first uke and it has a pre-amp so I use it to wank around with distortion and...
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    I know it seems silly to people who have been...

    I know it seems silly to people who have been playing or have played stringed instruments for a while, but I am still fascinated with the rudiments. I'm still working on getting used to my ukulele...
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    I'm still getting used to the kamaka. It just...

    I'm still getting used to the kamaka. It just sits lower, and I think I like it that way. I adjusted the strap a notch and then the strap felt constricting and it slightly made my playing hand kind...
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    I re-strung my baritone with Living Water...

    I re-strung my baritone with Living Water strings. Musically, they are perfect. Personally, they leave much to be desired. I have always played Worth brown strings. With that context in mind, I...
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    I haven't really made discernible progress...

    I haven't really made discernible progress because I'm working on more technique oriented stuff that doesn't lend itself to annotation. Since my dedicated re-entrant ukulele is now free I have been...
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    if only she would tune up and lose her g-string...

    if only she would tune up and lose her g-string then we'd have a picture worth a thousand words.

    On a totally unrelated note, I just took a bath and took my Makala Waterman with me. I didn't...
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    Today, April 3, I finally freed my kamaka by...

    Today, April 3, I finally freed my kamaka by getting down to 175 lbs. I'll be playing that later tonight. In other ukulele news, I got tired of the buzzing of my D string on the baritone so I...
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    The random key of the week is F#. I had to...

    The random key of the week is F#. I had to actually think about what the IV and V of F# are. Glancing at my Chord Wheel, it suggests substituting a maj7 for the I, an add6 for the IV, and a add9...
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    I became totally sidetracked today with something...

    I became totally sidetracked today with something that I had to resolve. I don't want to appear pompous but I don't especially like playing songs. Other people do it better and that's what my cd...
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    Continued playing around in Bb. I realized why I...

    Continued playing around in Bb. I realized why I never play in Bb. I have a chord wheel. It is a circle of fifths with a lot of other useful info. It has a dial you turn. If you picture a clock...
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    You have a cedar? That's on my list. I like my...

    You have a cedar? That's on my list. I like my cheap baritone, but see that I would really like a quality baritone. I've been looking at cedar and redwood baritones. Of course, not for now...
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