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Dane
04-18-2010, 01:51 PM
Just a place to post things you have a lot of trouble with on your uke, I have problems with switching between E and Em, I really want to get it down smooth. I also can't seem to grasp reggae strum, I should maybe work on it more, but everytime I just konk out for some reason. I'd also like to get my 5 finger roll working properly =/

So what are yours?

Brad Bordessa
04-18-2010, 01:55 PM
Getting a decent amped sound. Piezo pickups just don't give you a lot to work with.

mailman
04-18-2010, 02:25 PM
Taking enough time off from UU to practice playing....

cornfedgroove
04-18-2010, 03:41 PM
I'm lazy

whats the reggae strum?

eleuke
04-18-2010, 04:38 PM
I'm with Hippie Guy. Piezos suck. No offense Mr. Piezo... Interesting and useful electric effect you discovered, but not in my uke, thank you very much...

Melissa82
04-18-2010, 04:48 PM
Actually playing my uke. I've been in a slump for quite some time now. :(

RyRod
04-18-2010, 05:08 PM
the super fast strummy thing with my index finger. You know, where your hand looks like a crazy fan. It's killing me right now. I've been working on crosscurrent for awhile now, and the fast strumming parts just aren't gonna happen right now.

Brad Bordessa
04-18-2010, 05:21 PM
I'm with Hippie Guy. Piezos suck. No offense Mr. Piezo... Interesting and useful electric effect you discovered, but not in my uke, thank you very much...

I don't think they suck, they are just hard to work with. Here's hoping that the pickup people come up with a fantastic new way to naturally amplify my 'ukulele.

Teek
04-18-2010, 10:58 PM
Actually playing my uke. I've been in a slump for quite some time now. :(

Yeah, me too, work has ramped up pressure and hour wise and takes a lot out of me, my half hour in the bathroom today inspired by the toilet uke thread was great fun, and I played a couple of the babies last night and that's a record for the last month for me, taking a uke out of the case twice in 24 hours.

Dane
04-18-2010, 11:09 PM
Yeah, me too, work has ramped up pressure and hour wise and takes a lot out of me, my half hour in the bathroom today inspired by the toilet uke thread was great fun, and I played a couple of the babies last night and that's a record for the last month for me, taking a uke out of the case twice in 24 hours.

haha cuz of that thread I went and did a recording in there, I forgot how good the acoustics are

brickerenator
04-19-2010, 07:56 AM
I still can't decide what strings to buy. Any thoughts?
























































































































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csibona
04-19-2010, 08:35 AM
Rhythm and timing are two big demons. I also would like much stronger right hand technique - Bo Diddley strum, Formby, etc.

pulelehua
04-19-2010, 09:12 AM
Fan strum with even triplets
10-finger roll at all, in any way shape or form
Keeping my 3rd finger tucked behind the fret on Dm, so it doesn't go slightly sharp
REALLY, REALLY fine tuning
Playing E with B on the first string, instead of E
Good thumb tremolo

That'll do for now. I could go on and on.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
04-20-2010, 10:14 AM
For me, it has to be the FM7 form. (2413)

Do you 'guys' really form it properly when you get to it?

I cheat by doing a 3-finger (2410).

Keep uek-in',

Mim
04-20-2010, 11:31 AM
Strumming and rhythum in general. Also, I am bad about not wanting to stop singing along to songs enough to actually work on technique. But I suppose that would take some of the fun out of it for me!

Public Enemy
04-20-2010, 11:54 AM
Music theory.... i just dont get time to sit and read through everything. Every time i do i seem to pick up my Uke for a bit of practice while rading and it turns into a practice sesh instead !

StereoJoker
04-20-2010, 12:03 PM
I'm still not completely used to the re-entrant tuning; I'm used to hitting the last string while fingerpicking for a bass line, and I keep forgetting that the lowest string on the uke isn't the fourth. It's more of a habitual thing with how I use my thumb, but it's still demonic.

The finger roll strums are also up there on my list. I still can't figure it out, even looking at Aldrine's videos and some others (it makes me feel so "slow", geez!). I bet I'd be able to pick it up if I saw it live.

Oh, and I almost forgot, using the pinky on my left hand for anything because it's still pretty weak and spazzy. I keep avoiding using it, but I really do need to quit avoiding it and just get down to practice with it for real.

arashi_nero
04-20-2010, 01:04 PM
Oh, and I almost forgot, using the pinky on my left hand for anything because it's still pretty weak and spazzy. I keep avoiding using it, but I really do need to quit avoiding it and just get down to practice with it for real.

try practicing scales. before i really started learning songs, i did scales up and down the fretboard and it really got my pinky strong.

my deamon would be a little buzzing since i changed to the pro artes. if i'm not 100% pushing down on the strings, i get some buzzing now.

eleuke
04-20-2010, 06:18 PM
I don't think they suck, they are just hard to work with. Here's hoping that the pickup people come up with a fantastic new way to naturally amplify my 'ukulele.

I stand corrected.. 'Suck' is a bit too harsh. I'll try to curb my rash generalizations in the future. Suffice to say I've never met a piezo I liked... :-)

salukulady
04-20-2010, 06:44 PM
I don't think they suck, they are just hard to work with. Here's hoping that the pickup people come up with a fantastic new way to naturally amplify my 'ukulele.I installed (or my husband did) Shadow pick-ups in two of my ukes. Didn't like the sound in electric guitar amps. Then I bought an acoustic guitar amp, made all the difference. An acoustic amp keeps the uke sounding like a uke. Very happy with my Roland AC60.

luvdat
04-21-2010, 12:50 AM
Rhythm and timing are two big demons. I also would like much stronger right hand technique - Bo Diddley strum, Formby, etc.

Rhythm and timing are THE demons for everyone IMO, and I've been saying this since I joined the forum. Frankly I think a lot of ukulele players (and guitarists) would do better to listen and hang out with drummers and bass players...I also think that R&T have an underestimated effect on acquiring what comes down to people "doing the notes" and even chording, and not just the more obvious stuff like fans and rolls, etc...

Why? I think playing is like speech production, talking. When problems arise, it's not just because of the sound at the beginning of the word but the anticipated sound at the middle and even the end.

There's not enough listening in playing.

Skitzic
04-21-2010, 02:18 AM
I installed (or my husband did) Shadow pick-ups in two of my ukes. Didn't like the sound in electric guitar amps. Then I bought an acoustic guitar amp, made all the difference. An acoustic amp keeps the uke sounding like a uke. Very happy with my Roland AC60.

x2. If I plug mine into my Crate I hate it (I actually almost cried the first time I hated it so much). When I plug it into the male's acoustic amp it sounds wonderful.

salukulady
04-21-2010, 04:04 AM
x2. If I plug mine into my Crate I hate it (I actually almost cried the first time I hated it so much). When I plug it into the male's acoustic amp it sounds wonderful.Another problem solved by women.:o