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oregonuke
02-16-2016, 07:10 PM
I'll be attending the Reno Ukulele Festival in April. This will be my first time attending a uke fest and I'm curious as to what suggestions experienced attendees have regarding things to bring. Specifically, I'm interested in how people deal with handouts that have chords or tabs for a workshop. Use a clothespin or tape to affix it to a chair in front of you? I'm sure somebody has (or has seen) a clever way to deal with this.

Nickie
02-17-2016, 03:17 AM
I carry a lightweight music stand. Sometimes though, there's barely any room for it. I pin worksheets to it with a clothespin.

spookelele
02-17-2016, 04:14 AM
maybe blue tack?

Ukulele Eddie
02-17-2016, 04:27 AM
You can use a clothes hanger on the chair back in front of you and clothes pins to attach the handout to the hanger.

SailingUke
02-17-2016, 09:52 AM
Doug has the handouts posted to his web site for download. I load mine to my iPad.

Tootler
02-17-2016, 12:00 PM
I use a table top music stand. Another alternative is a cookery book stand. I've used those as well.

Nickie
02-17-2016, 02:35 PM
Someday some geeky clown will find a way to put it up on the back of everyone's head so the person behind can see it.

oregonuke
02-17-2016, 03:20 PM
Thanks for the ideas. With information given here and some other discussions it appears that there isn't any one method that works best, particularly since there is not necessary any commonality among venues. Think I'll just go and be prepared to wing it. Thanks again for the replies.

RonT
02-18-2016, 03:45 AM
I made a few of these, a ~2" x 6" piece of foam insulation, a tab on a file card and I'm strummin'.
Cheers,
R
http://i65.tinypic.com/18hc2b.jpg

Booli
02-18-2016, 07:40 PM
I made a few of these, a ~2" x 6" piece of foam insulation, a tab on a file card and I'm strummin'.
Cheers,
R

Ron, that's a great idea! Easy enough to build. I'm going to try that.



I saw this a while back and thought it would be great to use when out and about and a full music stand was either unavailable or inconvenient:

For sale at Elderly, and link below:

http://www.elderly.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/7/0/708-1.jpg


Kani Ka Pila Klip $8.99

Say "goodbye" to clumsy music stands, clothespins, and whatever you use to hold your music in place. With 2 sturdy knuckle-joints, a 2-inch-long extension bar, and a coated clip that expands more than one inch, the Kani Ka Pila Klip attaches easily to the headstock of most ukuleles and guitars to hold music, song lists, or chord charts. Weighs less than one ounce and folds down to less than 4" square. The soft surface helps protect even the finest finish. Any material may interact with your finish, however, so we recommend it be removed regularly. Boxed, in a black velour bag.

http://www.elderly.com/kani-ka-pila-klip.htm

kohanmike
02-18-2016, 07:55 PM
I had a Kani Ka Pila Klip but you have to be careful with it, I snapped one of the ball socket stems when trying to position it on my uke.

When I go to a uke festival and attend seminars, I always use a double tenor gig bag, one compartment holds the uke, the other holds my music stand.

ralphk
02-19-2016, 03:34 AM
That double bag approach is really good.

EmmaQ
02-19-2016, 04:12 PM
Here's a totally new suggestion for what to bring to the Reno UkeFest- your own lunch. I've been to this Fest and I've enjoyed it a lot! However, I was not particularly impressed with the one cafe I ate at in the casino. It was designed to be quick- roll your tray down the counter and tell the server what kind of sandwich you wanted. There was a long line and I found it rather frantic and expensive. I do know there are other restaurants in the casino so perhaps I just picked the wrong one. This year though I plan to take my own simple, but tasty, lunch and eat it in a leisurely way somewhere in the main area. After a couple of great workshops, a quiet break is a welcome addition to a busy day.

oregonuke
02-20-2016, 06:14 AM
Great idea EmmaQ. I've stayed at the Nugget several times so am familiar with the restaurants there. I have had some good food in a couple of them but the cost and time can be a factor. Good idea to pack a lunch and mingle with the uke crowd. Also encouraging to hear you enjoyed the Reno UkeFest. I'm usually not too keen on large crowd functions but am hopeful that the power of the ukulele will prevail and make it a positive and joyful experience.

Tootler
02-21-2016, 02:31 AM
I've just come home from a uking weekend. The table where I was sat got very cluttered and I ended up with both workshop h/o's and song sheets resting on my leg. Not ideal but needs must.

The big strum was OK as the song book had been emailed out beforehand so I had it on my iPad and was able to stand that on the table. Others could share it too if they wished.

Rllink
02-21-2016, 02:54 AM
The few ukulele festivals that I've been to, the instructors in the workshops projected their presentations on a screen, and people could follow along. Otherwise, I'm much like Tootler, I just find some place to put my music where I can see it. That might be on a table, on an empty chair, or on my knee. When it comes to open mic, they usually have everything you need, and more, already set up. But I've seen all sorts of setups, some clever, and some not so much. Sometimes it is quite entertaining, just to see what people drag along with them.

dandbtucker
03-26-2017, 06:37 AM
Hi Oregonuku....

There is also a In-n-Out Burger just across the street from the Nugget. Fast, cheap and yummy.

ukulelekarcsi
03-26-2017, 09:12 AM
Southerners say there's nothing you can't do with a roll of duct tape...

acmespaceship
03-26-2017, 09:33 AM
Southerners say there's nothing you can't do with a roll of duct tape...

True that. Wrap a pencil with a few feet of duct tape. Then wrap a few feet of masking tape next to the duct tape. Keep this Emergency Pencil in your gigbag along with your uke, tuner and car keys. Now you have everything you need. I hate lugging a lot of stuff around at festivals.

A bit of masking tape (duct tape not recommended) will stick lead sheets to the back of the chair (or person) in front of you. Might ask permission first. :-)

Martinlover
03-26-2017, 11:37 AM
Do people take more than one uku to these festivals? I brought a Martin soprano (high G) and a Martin tenor (low G) to a Lil Rev workshop but it was in someone's home with a small group so I knew no one was going to walk off with anything. I am going to my first big uku fest in a few months and am thinking I should just take my Blackbird concert only. It can take the heat and humidity where I'm going and I'm not so afraid of dinging it.

Rllink
03-26-2017, 11:54 AM
Do people take more than one uku to these festivals? I brought a Martin soprano (high G) and a Martin tenor (low G) to a Lil Rev workshop but it was in someone's home with a small group so I knew no one was going to walk off with anything. I am going to my first big uku fest in a few months and am thinking I should just take my Blackbird concert only. It can take the heat and humidity where I'm going and I'm not so afraid of dinging it.I only take one, but then I don't have a big variety of them to choose from.

jimavery
03-26-2017, 12:18 PM
I've not been to a ukulele festival yet, but have had this conversation about both cycling and motorcycling events - conclusion being it's best to cycle (or ride) to these events than drive the car - that way there's less carrying capacity and therefore it's easier to resist the temptation to bring back another bicycle or motorbike or whatever. So.. when I do go to my first ukulele festival, I'll cycle there and just take some cash, no cards. As it happens, there's going to be a ukulele festival just a few miles from home soon so cycling there will be easy.

PhilUSAFRet
03-26-2017, 12:28 PM
Some uke fests do not allow music stands. They could be used later in jam sessions however. I take 14", give or take an inch or two, canvas shoulder bag or brief case to carry my handouts, tuner, cloth, and anything smallish I may buy such as CD's, books, supplies like strings, etc. etc. I also bring a plastic pocket folder for any handouts I may get that aren't part of the book you are given. If remaining in the same room after a class, I just put my uke back in the case. Too many folks milling about, etc. I once saw a guy with a Kanilea tenor without a case or bag. He just laid it on a chair. I saw it get knocked on the floor at least 2 or 3 times that I know of. Didn't seem to bother him (some folks don't deserve a Kanilea, LOL).

Choirguy
03-26-2017, 03:20 PM
I have an iPad with a AirTurn goStand with Manos Mount. If materials are available online, I tether to my phone and download them--if not, I use my phone and take scans with Scanner Pro and upload them to Dropbox and back to my iPad. I generally use forScore for reading. I am REALLY looking forward to the new 12.9" iPad Pro; whenever that comes out.

Rllink
03-26-2017, 03:30 PM
I just put my uke back in the case. Too many folks milling about, etc. I once saw a guy with a Kanilea tenor without a case or bag. He just laid it on a chair. I saw it get knocked on the floor at least 2 or 3 times that I know of. Didn't seem to bother him (some folks don't deserve a Kanilea, LOL).I was thinking about that as well. It can get crowded. There are always a lot of people walking, talking, sitting and not paying attention. It really isn't a place to bring your ukulele collection to show off.

Futurethink
03-26-2017, 04:58 PM
Spare set of strings (maybe two sets)
Spare batteries for your tuners

mds725
03-26-2017, 09:47 PM
I was hoping the OP would return to this thread to post about his experience at the 2016 Reno Ukulele Festival -- what he ended up bringing that he didn't need, what he wishes he had brought but hadn't, what he learned generally about going to an ukulele festival, etc.

Rllink
03-27-2017, 04:50 AM
One thing that is most aggravating is when someone shows up at a crowded workshop with a two wheeled cart full of ukulele stuff and then spreads out, taking up enough space for two or three other people.

Choirguy
03-27-2017, 07:28 AM
Rollie, I was just trying to keep you from sitting next to me!

Just kidding--looking forward to cycling down to Iowa to hang out this summer! :)

Rllink
03-27-2017, 09:55 AM
Rollie, I was just trying to keep you from sitting next to me!

Just kidding--looking forward to cycling down to Iowa to hang out this summer! :)I used deodorant. Yes, I do too. I'll have to get to work on the old Yamaha to get it running. I have to do that every spring.

Mahalo Mike
03-31-2017, 08:18 AM
I'll be attending the Reno Ukulele Festival in April. This will be my first time attending a uke fest and I'm curious as to what suggestions experienced attendees have regarding things to bring. Specifically, I'm interested in how people deal with handouts that have chords or tabs for a workshop. Use a clothespin or tape to affix it to a chair in front of you? I'm sure somebody has (or has seen) a clever way to deal with this.

"What to take to a uke festival?"
CASH!!!!!

Mahalo Mike
03-31-2017, 08:23 AM
Southerners say there's nothing you can't do with a roll of duct tape...

They didn't win the Civil War with duct tape, did they?

Cornfield
03-31-2017, 08:31 AM
Southerners say there's nothing you can't do with a roll of duct tape...



For car repairs it's known as Kentucky Chrome.

redpaul1
04-01-2017, 07:50 AM
True that. Wrap a pencil with a few feet of duct tape. Then wrap a few feet of masking tape next to the duct tape. Keep this Emergency Pencil in your gigbag along with your uke, tuner and car keys. Now you have everything you need. I hate lugging a lot of stuff around at festivals.

A bit of masking tape (duct tape not recommended) will stick lead sheets to the back of the chair (or person) in front of you. Might ask permission first. :-)


Southerners say there's nothing you can't do with a roll of duct tape...


They didn't win the Civil War with duct tape, did they?

I'd be careful with that duct tape...

https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?126569-USPS-Package-Inspection

http://maryrobinettekowal.com/journal/no-duct-tape/#comment-16346



For car repairs it's known as Kentucky Chrome.

I use #FiberFix, cos I'm a manly man!! :-D


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haPvuhznuyI

Ukecaster
04-01-2017, 06:24 PM
I'd be careful with that duct tape...

https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?126569-USPS-Package-Inspection

http://maryrobinettekowal.com/journal/no-duct-tape/#comment-16346




I use #FiberFix, cos I'm a manly man!! :-D


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haPvuhznuyI

He's a real man...he uses it on his wood. :)

kohanmike
04-01-2017, 08:04 PM
I have an iPad with a AirTurn goStand with Manos Mount. If materials are available online, I tether to my phone and download them--if not, I use my phone and take scans with Scanner Pro and upload them to Dropbox and back to my iPad. I generally use forScore for reading. I am REALLY looking forward to the new 12.9" iPad Pro; whenever that comes out.

The 12.9" iPad has been out for a while, just saw one at Best Buy yesterday. A couple of years ago I used my iPad 9.7" for a while with both OnSong and ForScore, but the screen was too small for me. The 12.9" was being developed, but I wasn't ready to spend $800-900, so I searched and found an Android based 13.3" tablet for $150 on Amazon. I've been an exclusive fanboy for Apple since 1986, but I gave in, couldn't pass up the price.

I only use the Android tablet for the music, all else is with my iPad (I prefer iOS to Android actually). I remake all the charts, then save as PDF and transfer to the tablet with Dropbox. I use MobileSheets Pro, which I actually like better than either OnSong or For Score, and have about 200 songs with audio tracks saved.

As I mentioned earlier, I bring a dual compartment gig bag, the uke in one, a stand with eNue eNue hanger, Manos holder and tablet in the other (since my earlier post). Very convenient.