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01-05-2010, 10:21 AM
Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great new years! I came up with this idea before the holidays and we're getting 2010 rolling in style! There are a lot of really great posts here in the forum, so much so that finding the really great ones is becoming a little difficult. So we're going to create a book consisting entirely of the forum posts here.

Please link in this thread the most useful posts you can find in UU.

If your post is selected, you will have the option to participate or not. If you do participate in the book, you will have your name (real or screenname) and picture (or avatar) on the page of your post. You will also receive a free copy of the book if you appear in it.

The whole idea is to give more recognition to those who took the time to add serious value to UU. There are many of you who have gone above and beyond to turn this little place on the internet to one of the definitive ukulele resources. The book will hopefully be available sometime in April if we get enough submissions.

Deadline for Submissions is Jan 31, 2010.

Posts submitted must be helpful to other ukulele players
No song help please (dealing with copyright is a pain in the butt)

01-05-2010, 10:23 AM
Great idea.

Would NukeDOC's 'uke theory for noobs (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?11264-ukulele-theory-for-noobs)' thread be too much to add? It's a lot of info but it's very helpful.

His ukulossary (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?2218-The-Ukulossary) is also great.

01-05-2010, 10:25 AM
Great idea.

Would NukeDOC's 'uke theory for noobs (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?11264-ukulele-theory-for-noobs)' thread be too much to add? It's a lot of info but it's very helpful.

no this is the kind of stuff we're looking for!

01-05-2010, 10:37 AM
String Trials:



01-05-2010, 10:50 AM
Sweet Water blue has a great reply in this thread


01-05-2010, 10:53 AM
Uke Scales by GrumpyCoyote


Floyd Blue
01-05-2010, 11:08 AM
How about some very simple folk picking?


01-05-2010, 01:15 PM
Uke Scales (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?9272) by Acoustic Monster.
12 Tips for Practice from Wynton (http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19976) posted by Grumpy Coyote.
How To Read Tabs (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?809-How-to-Read-Tabs-Thread) by davoomac

01-05-2010, 06:51 PM
Howlin Hobbit's cheater theory is great stuff - but I'm having a Dickens of a time (capitalized for Shane's benefit) finding a specific post by him - can we include things like that?

01-06-2010, 04:28 AM

Don't know if this is what you had in mind, but it's the first place we look for songs. It seems that this was an incedible amount of work for Seeso to gather all of this into one place.

01-06-2010, 05:53 AM
That's an awesome idea! Can't wait for the book :'D

01-06-2010, 06:11 AM
I have learned so much form this forum since I joined. Many times, it isn't just one post that is helpful, but several posts in a thread. Sometimes it is several different threads. Getting a consensus of opinion from the group is as informative as input from experts. These are the subjects that seem to come up a lot:

How to choose a ukulele.
What is the difference in sizes?
How do the materials affect the sound (wood types, plastic, etc)?
Gloss finish verses Matte finish.
Strings. (My favorite post here was about using fishing line, and what sizes work for each string.)
How to hold the ukulele.
Pick or no Pick. Also, what is a safe pick guard?
Strap or no Strap.
Information on different makers of ukuleles... cost verses quality.
How to adjust nut and saddle (for playability, and avoid buzz).
Strumming technique.
How do I read tablature?

Also, maybe a review section, for ukes, books, and cases etc.

Maybe there are "stickies" on some of these subjects, but they might make good chapters.

01-06-2010, 09:24 AM
koalohapaul posted a thread a few months back that included an extraordinary essay on his experience as a master builder, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to find it. Searches only go back to when the new forum format got implemented, so I'm guessing when that issue is resolved I'll be able to find it. Anybody remember the name of that thread?

01-06-2010, 10:49 AM
Case humidifiers & humidity!

Can't find the threads right now...

01-06-2010, 11:20 AM
Jorma from Winkler woods has some great posts about the differences in Koa Grading


01-06-2010, 11:21 AM
Yeah our search function went from bad to worse. Try using the advanced search and selecting one year ago for the date option. it helped me. still a ghetto fix.

01-06-2010, 04:19 PM
Yeah our search function went from bad to worse. Try using the advanced search and selecting one year ago for the date option. it helped me. still a ghetto fix.

Thanks Rayan, the ghetto fix did the trick! Here's my must-have suggestion:


Just a great, well articulated piece of writing.

01-07-2010, 04:57 AM
I ended up using Google as the search (recommended in a Site Suggestions thread) by typing in: site:www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum [enter search words without these brackets]

Case humidifiers & humidity!

Can't find the threads right now...

Here's a few. The first one has some comments from koalohapaul:

Here's a discussion about hanging ukes on the wall and humidity:


And a link to an outside article regarding humidity and guitars:

01-07-2010, 10:44 AM
not in a thread that i know of (didnt look) but this is nice


01-07-2010, 02:27 PM
ricdoug's $10 pickup


Seeso's action adjustment


01-07-2010, 02:32 PM
If you add a links section, this YouTube on stringing helped me get the technique down:


01-09-2010, 05:19 PM
If this double posts, sorry... I didn't see the post come up last time.

I vote for this post:

01-09-2010, 05:23 PM
Seeso's action adjustment


I have to modify that post.

01-09-2010, 07:47 PM
how about information on humidifiers?


that what you are after??

01-12-2010, 12:58 PM
ricdoug's $10 pickup


Seeso's action adjustment


in addition to these DIY projects, how about:

Aldrine's dehumidifier that he made in one of the uke minutes (i think it was uke minutes)

Fred Miu's Homemade Strap

04-06-2010, 08:30 PM
I think this thread is starting up something good:


--Dave E.

04-29-2010, 03:02 PM
I found Ukulele JJ's response to a post in the Song Writing section ("Breaking Free of C, Am, F, G") to be really helpful as a crash course in chord progressions.


05-04-2010, 08:14 AM
hey i give up with my PM box....

10-14-2010, 07:26 PM
I give up with my PM box,

12-29-2010, 09:42 AM
I'm a newbie who came to your forum recently because I have an old Martin in terrible condition. There's a lot on how to keep the uke in top form with humidifiers and so on, but some info about what to do once they need work might also be useful. Refinishing, restoration, potential loss of value, that kind of thing.
I don't know how to link to one post in a thread, but Pippin's post on this page was enlightening. The whole thread was very informative.


09-14-2011, 06:33 PM
Jorma from Winkler woods has some great posts about the differences in Koa Grading

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10-07-2011, 07:18 PM

Chopped Liver
01-22-2012, 03:58 AM
Hate to revive a deadish thread, but did this book ever get made? I sure could use something like this ....

01-22-2012, 05:50 AM
I'd be in line for "the book of knowledge", too! Happy to donate. Letting it slip away would be a shame. I always get excited when I get a post notification, thinking it's available in some form.