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  1. Down Up Dick

    Uke Display

    Do you keep your ukes in cases or gig bags or do you display them? I have a sunny, dusty room, so mine are in cases or gig bags.
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    Mandola (Mandolin)

    Anybody ever play the Mandola? How did/do you like it? I’m thinking of buyin‘ one, but I dunno . . .
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    Tooting the Flute Too.

    Since I quit playing my Baroque Flute, I’ve taken up the concert flute again. Now my embouchure is pretty strong, and fingering has come back to me. I really enjoy playing wind instruments better than strings. I just never really got into them. The battle continues though.
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    Ahhh, Those Dodgers

    TV has become so boring with all the reruns and multitudes of commercials and depressing news that watching it has become unbearable to me. My wife watches PBS a lot and Dodger baseball, so I’ll watch those with her and that’s all. I find baseball on TV slow and boring, and I can’t hear or...
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    My Baroque Flute

    Yesterday I was talking to another UUer about Recorders, so, my interest piqued, I went looking for mine. However, I ran across my Baroque Flute instead. It took me a while to find all its music, but I did and had a good time playing it. My embouchure was a bit weak (I could barely make a...
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    Hi D-GBE

    I‘m pretty sure some UUers have ukes tuned to Hi- GBE. What do you think of a concert or tenor tuned that way. I have a lot of Uke music, but it’s tuned to GCEA. Ahhh, shoot! Well Hell! I tried to cancel this +#$%=* thang, but no go . . . I guess spell check is gitten even wid me
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    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    Happy St. Patricks’s Day! I just finished an Irish Music Concert for my neighbors on my flute. Nobody threw anything so I guess it was okay. My wife’s making corned beef and cabbage, and we’ll toast with a little Merlot. Cheers!
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    Buying From Sweetwater

    Anybody, ever buy from Sweetwater? Okay? Horrible? Terrific?
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    Special Day

    Happy 2/22/‘22 Day UUers. Make the most of it!
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    Singing Sessions

    I often have a singing and/or whistling 5 day session at the end of the month. It’s about the only time I strum my ukes. I sing in C, D, or F, and, because I have an old man’s memory, I mostly use lyric sheets. I like to sing old folk music, old pop and some gospel. I also sing and whistle...
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    Does anyone wear his strap over his right (right handed blokes) shoulder like guitar/mandolin players? I’ve tried it before, but I just couldn’t get usta it. It kept slippin’ off. However, with wearing the Uke the regular way, the small bodied Uke swings to the right makin’ it difficult to...
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    &@#¥§!! Restringing!

    Yesterday, I restrung my GT Tenor Banjolele from Fifths to (hi G)CEA a truly abominable task. I really hate doing it. The only thing good about it is that it’s easier than a mandolin. The worst part, that makes my heart pound, is turnin’ the tuners up to key with that ungraspitible (?) little...
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    Soprano Fifths

    Has anyone tried the Aquila fifths (GDAE) on a soprano? Concert? Got any info?
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    To all you Uke Bassists, especially KohanMike. What do you play on your basses? Melodies . . . Harmony . . . Or just plain ol’ bass thumps? When I was playing my tuba a lot, I played it like a trumpet (only a bit lower). Is that what you guys do? I really like low down tones. They move me.
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    Harping Again

    I helped a member who was having a harmonica problem a coupla days ago. Then yesterday I played one of my harps just to see if I could still draw and blow bend and if I could remember how to play. And, doggone, it pretty much all came back! Well, I thought about how much I usta enjoy the...
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    Guitar Playing

    I find that playing My Blueridge 6 or even my Kala TG while seated is very uncomfortable. I know the right leg and the left leg positions, but don’t care for them. So I’ve been using a classical guitar foot riser. Does anyone else use one? It works pretty well for me. I‘d really rather...
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    Little Gem Banjoleles Giveaways

    Gold Tone Music is giving away three (3) Little Gem Banjoleles. A red one, a white one and a blue one. I saw it on Facebook. I don’t know whatcha gotta do. Check it out if you’re interested. :old:
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    Button Accordions

    Anyone play button accordion? I looked at some on eBay with two rows of buttons on the left hand which I understood, but what are the eight buttons on the right hand side for? Chords I suppose. Can anyone explain? I’m semi-interested in them. :old:
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    To heck with ukuleles! Where can one buy some darned toilet paper? :old:
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    #$@&* Bb,

    I am gonna learn to play a clean, clear Bb chord today even if I have to play it over and over ‘til my fingers bleed and the neighbors beg me to stop. I have tried before and failed, and quit playing in F. Now I’ve decided to conquer it. I just hope my fingers hold up. I want to play the C...