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    Any Way to Print or Save a Thread?

    In Firefox, I went to File, then print screen and when I told it to print, I got this: So it prints...
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    Using CNC To Build Ukuleles - Good or Bad?

    A number of years back, while he was still active on UU, I visited Rick Turner in Santa Cruz and toured his shop. He has a pretty good sized CNC machine, and had different programs for different instruments. They were able to turn out many appropriate parts for many different instruments, from...
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    I'm Easy

    A cross post of my very, very late Season 504 entry - My version of I'm Easy by Keith Carradine
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    SEASON 504- Music as an empathetic friend

    Okay, so I'm late, as I said I would be. Did the video in my car, in the parking lot at a Doctor's Office this morning. A 5-day overdue entry I'm Easy ©1975 Keith Carradine Keith won the Academy Award for Best Original Song - he wrote this for the movie "Nashville". What does it mean for me...
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    Second Look at Concert Size

    When I started with ukes, my now late father-in-law gave me a 1950s Harmony Soprano student uke. I could play it for a bit, but my hands would cramp up due to the small size. Soon, I bought a Kala from MGM, and a Fluke Tenor, then a Cordoba TM20. All very comfortable, and easy to play. I didn't...
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    Price increases

    Among my most expensive ukes are two Donaldsons (One a custom build, one Bradford built on spec), a National Triolian I am the third owner of (And the prior two owners are UU members), a Timms I bought practically unused on eBay when I couldn't get a new one for love nor money, and my KoAloha...
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    Ukulele Instruction

    San Jose Ukulele Club does that. Using a projector and PA, showing and explaining hand positions. It works out well. (Hi, Gillian!) When we were meeting in Troy, we tried that, too. Sometimes it worked. And I recall using the chalkboard at the Guilderland Library to draw the chord diagrams...
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    SEASON 504- Music as an empathetic friend

    An under-appreciated song; I remember when it first came out, was over-played and derided by some, but - sadly - the lyrics are still germane. I just heard a version on SiriusXM, with a hip-hop background, slight lyric change (ommited "I'm still an embryo with a long, long way to go", replaced...
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    SEASON 504- Music as an empathetic friend

    Hey, Dave... I apologize - I had two songs planned, but Nancy's yarn shop had a booth at the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (aka Rhinebeck), and this week was spent preparing for it. Took 1/2 day off from School on Thursday to rent the U-haul, pack the booth contents, drive downstate...
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    SEASON 504- Music as an empathetic friend

    Hey Liz - drop an email to Jim and Liz (The are easy to find), and tell them you'd like to post a video of their song. They will give you permission, I have no doubt. Then, when you post it PUBLICLY, state that they gave you explicit permission to use their song. And do post it publicly - Liz...
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    Magic Flea sound

    When Magic Fluke moved to Sheffield, MA, I was one of the first (if not the first) customers in the not completely finished shop. I played every instrument that was for sale, and played two of the Firefly prototypes (The instrument wasn't for sale yet.) I even played a Timber bass prototype. I...
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    'Best' Keys for Song Circles, your opinions please

    For the majority of the beginners I've run into, C is the easiest key, both in terms of playing and singing. Then there's me. I need a capo for my voice. Sometimes C works quite well, and others I have to hunt around to find the one my voice like at that particular time. Which is pretty simple...
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    Can anyone ID this uke for me? Some kind of Vita

    It looks like a mahogany copy of the original Harmony Roy Smeck Vita-Ukes, which had a spruce top and nothing around the sound holes. The end of the fretboard also differs significantly from the Harmony models, and the shoulders on yours look shallower. I remember seeing what looked like an...
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    Legal advice

    When I post on YouTube, I do include a disclaimer. I do NOT make any attempt to monetize my videos. I did received one of the "someone has made a claim" notification once, and did nothing. What happened? That particular video now has ads, and I have no part of it. (Seems like almost all of...
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    sci-fi novel with uke wielding heroes

    Sounds like a self-contained wash tub bass... While I can't play one of htem worth beans, I was privileged to play in a Jug Band Jam with Canada-based musician Ken Whitely at the Old Songs Festival of Music and Dance one year. I played my Firefly in a group of about 15-20, and Ken was on the...
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    Season #502 - Look What They've Done To My Song Ma!

    Life is still ganging up on me... I think I've had about 20 minutes of ukulele play time in the past month... I wanted to do this song, but didn't get the time, so this link is just a reminder that even Melanie does parodies (using an existing song, and writing new lyrics.) I first heard this...
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    Increased Shipping Costs

    My experience with almost anything sent via FedEx Ground or FedEx Surepost (Last Mile" delivery by USPS) is that I'm better off taking the cash I planned on spending, and burn it. Still waiting for $250 worth of textbooks that were shipped from Cedar Rapids, Iowa in February. FedEx no longer...
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    Increased Shipping Costs

    This could go political real fast - it is very interesting that the Postmaster General's plans to save money have ended up costing more than was saved... and we end up getting the mail later, for more money. Whee!
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    Aaron/anaka fixed my VIP account.

    And Mahalo to you, as well!
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    Aaron/anaka fixed my VIP account.

    I got his message last night, but didn't see it until just now: So they are working on it - Yay!