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  1. thehappypm

    No Saddle

    I build most of my cigar box instruments without a saddle, as do many. We use keys, bolts, drawer handles, anything that works. The bridges I make are hardwood oak and the very top slopes in and is narrowed to the width of a saddle. The bridge floats so I just move it to set it at the correct...
  2. thehappypm

    Longtime Lurker

    Welcome trippy_uke! Well, in a way they are toys, we do "play" with them - haha!!! Sounds like you're having a blast playing. Great stuff!!!
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    Greetings, Ukuleleists!

    Hey Quick - welcome to UU! 😊 "That is how my habit of making my own tabs and chord sheets started. I can annotate them however I want and format them in a way that makes sense to me, and then share with others." I hear you, I do the same! I don't always find the tabs are faithful to the...
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    Thinking about getting a pad

    In addition to moving my music to the iPad with forScore, I also picked up (Christmas present) a bluetooth page turner pedal. It is great for turning to the next page when you have a multi-page song. it is also great for searching through a playlist for a specific song, just tap with your toe...
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    Thinking about getting a pad

    ForScore question: I play at different venues and for each song I play, I write the venue name on the sheet. If I play it a second time at that venue, I put a check mark beside it. I do plan to abandon my paper system for ForScore. I downloaded the ForScore manual, browsed it, I do see there is...
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    Greetings from Canada

    Check out your Community Centres for any musical get togethers, jam sessions. I participate in a Circle Jam at a Citizens Centre in Bolton. We go around the circle, each person plays a song, it's often a well known song, or an easy to follow 145 progression. I am the only ukulele in the circle...
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    Greetings from Canada

    Hello and welcome from a fellow Canuck from Woodbridge Ontario! Wow! You are playing very well after just a year and a bit.
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    Total Immersion Hobbies before Discovering Ukulele

    Personal Computer - how could I not get into this. I was a mainframe systems programmer in the late 70s and the original 8088 based PCs gave me a chance to poke and probe and program all on my own at home. I "tinkered" a lot. The last 5 years or so though, I am happy just to "use" a computer and...
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    Harping Again

    I can kick myself. I remember as a kid, yes 50s, getting a Marine Band harp as a Christmas gift from a friend of the family, nobody thought anything of it, it was only a buck or two. Oh how I wish I'd take better care of it and not treated it like a "toy"
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    Introducing myself to the forum members

    Welcome, rydenbrook! I’ve only been here a short time myself, but I am amazed at the wealth of information I’ve picked up so far. Do look through the list of postings on the forum, I’m confident you’ll find something that catches your attention.
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    Thinking about getting a pad

    BE AWARE: if you playing off a tablet in bright sunshine, it may heat up and shut down. Yes, it happened to me. I got a BLACK SCREEN OF DEATH on my iPad and a message along the lines of "Shutting down as the iPad is over heating", while sitting on my deck and checking out playing from an ipad...
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    How did you end up here?

    I agree. I’m discovering songs in the key of C, capo fret 1, work much better with my voice. I chose not to stumble while relearning closed chords to accommodate this. A friend has finger muscle issues, the capo helps.
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    How did you end up here?

    A music teacher made the comment that 'capos are for lazy people'. So I set off in search of comments by ukulele players regarding the use of capos. And I found Ukulele Underground. And I am thrilled with the discussions and knowledge that is shared here. So happy to find this site.
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    Which movies made you cry?

    Cinema Paradiso - the last scene, the ending. And towards the end, when he enters the theatre to look around, just before it gets demolished.
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    Ashokan Farewell Fingerstyle Arrangement for Tenor Uke

    A beautiful build Jason. 👏👏👏 And we’ll played. 👍
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    I like to play for audiences. Summer is great, farmers markets; autumn, a local fall fair...

    I like to play for audiences. Summer is great, farmers markets; autumn, a local fall fair. Otherwise, open mics, seniors centres and related venues. Occasionally, I’m invited to play a bar gig with my group the Ukulele Fab Five. Winter is also spent in the workshop building cigar box guitars and...
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    Greetings from Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada

    Hello Jim, great to hear from you. I saw some postings on the Seasons and wasn’t clear on what it was all about - thanks for clarifying. 😊
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    Easy songs to play

    Jambalaya - 2 chords - C and G or C and G7
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    Greetings from Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada

    Thanks for the suggestions Nickie - with the Farmers Markets shut down, we were looking for other opportunities to play - we’re ok playing for free - I’ll take these up with my partners 😊
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    Greetings from Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada

    Hello Chicago! 😊