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    I've been practicing the problematic strums: ...

    I've been practicing the problematic strums: clawhammer and travis.

    I made a bit of a discovery. I can now play D minor in the regular fashion. I had always played it by playing an F but...
  2. I don't know if this would be helpful or not, but...

    I don't know if this would be helpful or not, but I play the Em by just playing a G major chord with the addition of the pinky fretting the 4th fret of the C string.
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    I have been a bit pre-occupied lately, but I have...

    I have been a bit pre-occupied lately, but I have squeezed in some ukulele. I have been obsessed with a chord progression that is the basis of a Tarrega composition that is on Sam Muir's blog. I...
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    have you guys ever considered avoiding the...

    have you guys ever considered avoiding the problem by not playing the G string. Instead of 5343 or 1343, just play 343. All you have to do is play the G chord we all know and love, but play it up...
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    Really? That's it? It seems a bit base to be...

    Really? That's it? It seems a bit base to be grousing about paying the cost of a breakfast to get three or more years of playability from a package of Worth strings. I tend to agree with you. It...
  6. Thread: Riffs and licks

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    I watched the video and it was obviously a blues...

    I watched the video and it was obviously a blues progession in C. I don't have a good enough ear to tell you what that steel guitar was doing. However I do know a country blues in C that uses as...
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    okay. I have to admit it: I don't get it. ...

    okay. I have to admit it: I don't get it. Worths are made of the same material as fishing line; Aquilas are made of the same material as panty hose. What's the significance? That only an...
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    it sounds like you might be groping for the...

    it sounds like you might be groping for the turnaround. E.g., a very rudimentary turnaround between G7 and C is F, F#, G. Or a new favorite of mine is G7sus4, A7, Dm7, G7. However, if you could...
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    I understand and, to be honest, I almost never...

    I understand and, to be honest, I almost never play the blues. I essentially just use the progression with a new rhythm and strum pattern to create my own tunes. This is a topic for another thread...
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    Keep practicing the Bb. Once you nail it, move...

    Keep practicing the Bb. Once you nail it, move the shape to the 7th fret and you're playing E!

    Or, like me, you can just play the 1X02 E chord which, despite what was said earlier in this thread,...
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    The temperature has dropped appreciably the last...

    The temperature has dropped appreciably the last 48 hours. However I did still manage to practice. I took my polycarbonate soprano to work and during my breaks I practiced clawhammer strum. I am...
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    Easy to explain, but not easy for my hand. When...

    Easy to explain, but not easy for my hand. When I do the C# shape, the E string gets muted. I have practiced and it worked itself out. It is interesting that we are playing the same instrument,...
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    For me, it is C# major. Regarding the Dm...

    For me, it is C# major. Regarding the Dm fingering: I use a two-finger approach instead of three. I just make a F chord, but instead of keeping it arched I slant my middle finger so that it frets...
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    I went to work early and practiced with my mango...

    I went to work early and practiced with my mango tenor with the strong Worth strings. I didn't practice too much--under an hour--because it was rather cold. However the interesting thing was that I...
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    Went back to basics today. I just practiced...

    Went back to basics today. I just practiced playing random sequences of major chords with natural roots. I did it without looking. The B is lagging behind the rest. All the rest were very quick,...
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    practiced with my linear tenors, as planned. ...

    practiced with my linear tenors, as planned. Getting a feel for the strong vs. the regular brown Worths is going to be difficult because my Cordoba just plays so much better with its lower action...
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    strings

    okay. All my strings arrived--even some strings I hadn't anticipated. A set of guitar strings arrived with my new Worth strings. I vaguely remember a few months ago browsing guitar strings that...
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    This place is incredibly liberal. Every two...

    This place is incredibly liberal. Every two hours you get a fifteen minute break.
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    One thing to mention in this regard is that a...

    One thing to mention in this regard is that a player shouldn't use the thumb out of necessity. While I have been attaining proficiency with the instrument I have been frustrated and I did some silly...
  20. Here's the long and short of it for me: I...

    Here's the long and short of it for me:

    I started with a Cordoba tenor, which run a bit small (more of a long-neck concert) and then I got a long-neck kamaka tenor (485mm scale). Now I am hooked...
  21. dgame, I came to strings after a few decades...

    dgame,

    I came to strings after a few decades of other kinds of instruments. My hint is to stay loose and take things as they come. Ukuleles are very laid back and that can be very frustrating...
  22. Andrew, I have to pay homage to the...

    Andrew,

    I have to pay homage to the iconography of your video. The magical mystery chord that begins Hard Days' Night is the clarion call of rock and roll. Van Halen is so historically...
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    I took a ukulele to work to play on my breaks. I...

    I took a ukulele to work to play on my breaks. I took my old spalted mango tenor. It has become, by default, my junker since it cost $200 and the kamaka over $2000. I hadn't picked it up for some...
  24. I know. Despite--what?--about three pages of...

    I know. Despite--what?--about three pages of responses, the original post is completely non-controversial and common sensical: there are two tunings and you'll need two ukuleles. I came to the...
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    I took my poly-carbonate soprano with me to work...

    I took my poly-carbonate soprano with me to work today and on my breaks I practiced some in the back of my jeep. I mostly practiced clawhammer and improvising with the gypsy scale in the key of F. ...
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