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    Default Fretting practice without a ukulele

    Forgive me if this is a stupid question but I am just starting out. Is there a means to practice finger positions and chord transitions on a fretboard without using a ukulele? I was thinking about a mocked up copy of a fretboard without the uke body, something that can be carried almost in a pocket or at least in a brief case and used on the train or odd moments while waiting etc. - just thinking of ways to increase practice time as a beginner. Thanks

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    Go for it.

    I saw one, complete with strings, for classical guitar.
    It covered about the first 5 frets, or so.

    Let us know if you create one. Pictures would be nice too.

    Don't be surprised if you get 'orders' for one or several from fellow UUers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timruss View Post
    Forgive me if this is a stupid question but I am just starting out. Is there a means to practice finger positions and chord transitions on a fretboard without using a ukulele? I was thinking about a mocked up copy of a fretboard without the uke body, something that can be carried almost in a pocket or at least in a brief case and used on the train or odd moments while waiting etc. - just thinking of ways to increase practice time as a beginner. Thanks
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    I have a ukulele in my car, it's a Dolphin (it was free on CraigsList with a broken neck, which I fixed with glue). I put a strap on it (with one of those Command sticky hooks), and put it around my neck while driving. I can practice strumming, picking, and hitting chords, all separately, while driving. In traffic and at stops, I can play, sometimes I make it all the way thru Crazy G.
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    Buy the cheapest piece of junk Ukulele you can find and saw the neck and headstock off. Fit eyelets or hammer 4 nails in either end and wind strings around them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckellogg View Post
    I have a ukulele in my car, it's a Dolphin (it was free on CraigsList with a broken neck, which I fixed with glue). I put a strap on it (with one of those Command sticky hooks), and put it around my neck while driving. I can practice strumming, picking, and hitting chords, all separately, while driving. In traffic and at stops, I can play, sometimes I make it all the way thru Crazy G.
    Ah crap, here we go again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckellogg View Post
    I have a ukulele in my car, it's a Dolphin (it was free on CraigsList with a broken neck, which I fixed with glue). I put a strap on it (with one of those Command sticky hooks), and put it around my neck while driving. I can practice strumming, picking, and hitting chords, all separately, while driving. In traffic and at stops, I can play, sometimes I make it all the way thru Crazy G.
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    I know. Seriously though, if the strap breaks while you're driving the Uke' is in danger of falling into your Froot Loops or knocking over your makeup.

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    Welcome Timruss and thank you for this thread. Oh by the way ckellogg..."If you don't like the way I drive then stay off the sidewalk. HaHa!!"

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    Or you could get a tattoo on the outside of your right forearm: nut at the wrist, 12th fret at the elbow, with strings and fret markers drawn in, and you'll never be without a practice fretboard.

    And Timruss, seriously, welcome, I didn't see you were brand new here or I would have been less aggro!
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