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    Default Aloha from Seattle!

    Searching for my next uke, I found UU today. I'm a lifetime musician who can't focus. I play fiddle, mandolin, accordion, banjo, and a few other instruments. I bought my first uke on ebay from Music Guy Mic in 2012. In my present uke search (for a solid koa concert, Hawaii-built, maybe with a little aloha inlay), I learned that MGM died in Oct 2013, and I also found this forum. I have 3 ukes if you count the UBASS, and am teaching my 4yo grandson to play uke. His dad shows great promise, too. I gave the grandson a $40 painted uke when he was a baby, but recently upgraded him to a Makala soprano because we all deserve something that stays in tune for >2 min. I just bought his dad an Islander solid acacia soprano for his birthday next week.

    I live near Seattle, play a lot of bluegrass and folk, and go to a lot of festivals. I've taken my Islander soprano on some trips to Hawaii, which have become more frequent because the weather here has been lousy for ~7 months straight! I got to (bluegrass) jam with some locals on Maui last winter and hope to do that again. (I had a mandolin along on that trip.) Aloha has seeped into my brain on these visits. I heard Chad Takatsugi on Hawaiian Air's inflight channel and am learning Kanaka Waiolina (including the fiddle part; that's what hooked me).

    That's probably enough for now!

    Cara

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    Welcome aboard.
    Keith M --> likes a long neck - & being different.....

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    Welcome, fellow Pacific Northwest citizen. I am also new here, and I hope you find enjoyment and support from the other musicians here. From your intro, it looks like you're already involved in your local music community. Play on!

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    Aloha, Cara,

    STRUM (Seattle's Totally-Relaxed Ukulele Musicians) meets every Wed night at the Kona Kitchen Restaurant,
    85th and 5th NE, about a mile south of Ngate Mall on 5th NE, 6-8p. Everyone is welcome, all skill levels

    Shortly, possibly by the end of May, we will be changing our meeting venue to the Ballard Locks thru Aug,
    weather permitting. When it starts getting darker in the Fall, we return to Kona Kitchen

    please feel free to come and join us tonight or any Wed evening.

    keep uke'in',
    Uncle Rod Higuchi
    ( rohiguchi@gmail.com )

    MP3s: http://www.mediafire.com/?50db7nls4o6m6
    Ukulele Boot Camp, FREE Songbook, Holiday Songbook & More: http://ukulelebootcamp.weebly.com

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    Greetings and welcome, glad you joined us. I recently joined a Bluegrass Gospel Jam group. Had a ball with my banjo and reso ukes. I am in the process of stringing up a mandolin and a tenor for ukulele reentrant tuning. I also have a u-bass I need to practice on and who knows what else.

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    Welcome, from another neighbor in the Pacific Northwest!!!
    SOPRANINO: Caramel 17" Zebrawood "Cecil"
    SOPRANO: Ohana SK-35 (all-solid mahogany) "Clancy"
    Outdoor Ukulele (bottle brown polycarbonate) "George"
    CONCERT: Gretsch G9110-SK (all-solid koa) "Pearl"
    Ohana CK-28 (all-solid mahogany) "Manuel" *Nunes style vintage re-issue
    BANJO UKES: Magic Fluke Firefly (soprano, poly fretboard)
    Deering Goodtime Banjo Uke (concert)
    VINTAGE/ANTIQUE: 1920 Rolando banjo uke "Grace"

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    Welcome to UU Cara.
    All the best,
    Campbell

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    Thanks, Uncle Rod. Had I not committed to another jam, I'd have gone last night. The locks jams sound great. Do you play Hawaiian or pop or what? And at what age does Cousin this or that become Auntie or Uncle this or that in the ohana?

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    Thanks, y'all!

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    STRUM plays mostly Pops but we do have Hawaiian songs in our songbooks, even in 'olelo Hawai'i

    I asked that same question decades ago and was told, "If anyone can call you 'uncle' or 'aunty', you
    can use it." Some still want to be called 'cousin' or 'bruddah' or 'sistah' so, if you introduce yourself
    with any of those prefixes, it will most likely 'stick' once people get reminded enough times.

    Do you ever return to HNL? if so, please stop by the Ala Moana Makai Food Court and meet and greet
    the paper lei-making Aunties, and serenade them if you have your uke with you

    keep uke'in',
    Uncle Rod Higuchi
    ( rohiguchi@gmail.com )

    MP3s: http://www.mediafire.com/?50db7nls4o6m6
    Ukulele Boot Camp, FREE Songbook, Holiday Songbook & More: http://ukulelebootcamp.weebly.com

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