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    Default Define "Bark"

    Is it an actual tone...or a characteristic...like the sound doesn't fall apart when you dig in and play hard? Any video examples?
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    A sort of percussive "hit" when you dig in that rattles the ear wax.
    A sound that has a sharp attack; may have a sweet sustain, but strong initial impact...?

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    Actually the word contains all the clues: think of a dog bark - all initial impact, grabs attention...
    Also the word "bark" is a bit onomatopoeic.
    All up a perfect description.

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    Interested, following.
    I also became curious about the word "attack" when someone used it yesterday or so as an adjective to describe the sound quality of particular uke sizes rather than the style of playing it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    Define the colours red or blue. Define the sound of an A note. "Bark" is a sound, 1000 words wont describe it all. You have to learn what it is by listening to it. Whether it is made by a dog or a ukulele.
    Yep. Play a Kala spruce top. Then you'll know. That did the trick for me.

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    Most of my small collection have the ability to be
    played softly, as quietly as you can strum/pick them;
    but ALL of my instruments,have the ability to 'Bark'
    when strummed/picked with the right amount of attack
    from my strumming hand. It's something you will pick up
    if you work at it and get the full pleasure from your uke!
    All power and respect to you Concert,Tenor and Baritone players, but Soprano is what does it for me every time!

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    I'd have been hard pressed to know what bark is based on my uke collection, until I got my KPK acacia concert and most especially my Kamaka white label soprano.

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    A good soprano will bark when you attack the strings sharply. The sound is crisp, percussive and decays quickly. Concerts and larger bodies tend to produce a more rounded and mellow sound. If you watch and listen to Roy Smeck and guys like him, you will hear their uke bark.
    Last edited by Barrytone; 08-12-2017 at 05:04 AM. Reason: Stupid auto correct

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