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    Yesterday, 08:39 AM
    It has been a while since I updated. The main thing I have been doing is practicing m7 chords. I watched a video or two by Brian Liu. The videos...
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    Yesterday, 08:28 AM
    That's a strange photograph of me jamming around a B mixolydian on my Yorkie. It is strange because of the angle and because it looks like it is...
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    06-14-2019, 10:37 PM
    ripock replied to a thread Overlooked features in Uke Talk
    when I designed my custom uke I was cognizant of these matters but I eschewed most of them. 1. radius fret board--what's the point? I don't have...
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    06-10-2019, 12:05 AM
    Here's what I did when I started. 1. I decided how much I wanted to spend. For me that was $200. So I bought a $200 ukulele. 2. Then I...
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    06-06-2019, 12:00 AM
    ripock replied to a thread Niche? in Uke Talk
    You forgot the niche of open tunings. You need, in my opinion, open A, C, D, and G.
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    06-01-2019, 12:12 PM
    ripock replied to a thread Look at these tuner posts in Uke Talk
    The headstock in the first photo must be scarf-jointed...or rather, have the angle of a scarf joint even if it is solid wood. Consequently the posts...
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    05-31-2019, 10:01 AM
    ripock replied to a thread Beautiful Tone Woods in Uke Talk
    The apple of my eye is this plane tree uke that I bespoke. Aside from being beautiful it is more redolent than instruments made from more...
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    05-29-2019, 11:38 PM
    Since there's been mention of "proper" instruments, I have been ruminating or ratiocinating or whatever R-word. Well...not any. I once read in an...
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    05-27-2019, 09:41 AM
    I've had an opportunity to listen to the companion recordings to Daniel Ward's Melodic Meditations and it is faster than I thought. And he plays...
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    05-27-2019, 09:29 AM
    This sounds like a variation of the old joke: what do you give a 500 lb. gorilla? Whatever he wants. Similarly, what ukulele do you give a big...
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    05-27-2019, 01:33 AM
    I've been up all night playing around. It is now 7 a.m., the sun is up, and I reluctantly have to go to bed. First I have to make a good...
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    05-27-2019, 12:42 AM
    My favorite piece of finger terminology is "chico" the 5th element of the PIMAC. I want to use the pinky merely for the reason that its name is...
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    05-25-2019, 02:15 PM
    I have been reluctant to say this, but to some degree I see the point of the stupid comment. After all, the ukulele isn't a piano with 88 keys. The...
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    05-25-2019, 12:43 PM
    I have a luthier job to do. The neck came off my cigar box guitar. It was glued to the top of the cigar box. It may be excessive, but I'm just...
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    05-25-2019, 12:26 PM
    My thought is that you should stick to your guns. You have that four-finger style going on, so keep it going on. When the bass line requires the G...
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    05-24-2019, 10:54 PM
    I also use PPIM when pattern-picking. I use the index finger to finger pick. I use the ring finger on downward strums and the knuckle of the thumb...
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    05-23-2019, 05:04 AM
    I started out usin’ pima, but I didn’t like it and switched to pim. I also used just my index and thumb for clawhammer. But then, just noodling...
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    05-23-2019, 03:29 AM
    Down Up Dick replied to a thread what do you sit on? in Uke Talk
    That certainly would not work for me. If I lie down anywhere I go to sleep, sitting up sometimes too. Ahhh, the Golden Years . . . :old:
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    05-23-2019, 12:13 AM
    well, tomorrow Daniel Ward is scheduled to upload supporting videos for his Melodic Meditations book. It will be interesting to see if my...
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    05-22-2019, 07:07 PM
    Down Up Dick replied to a thread what do you sit on? in Uke Talk
    I’m using my tuba chair now days. It’s simply a dining room chair with an elongated seat. It’s a “tuba chair” because it sticks out enough in front...
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    05-22-2019, 03:58 AM
    Down Up Dick replied to a thread Target pratice in Uke Talk
    Boy, I dunno how many times I’ve felt like doin’ that to a whole bunch of different musical (?) instruments. :old:
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    05-19-2019, 12:35 PM
    Down Up Dick replied to a thread Cartoon in Uke Talk
    Where are the harps? Or maybe a pipe organ? There seems to be plenty of room for a choir loft, but the choir’s too busy havin’ donuts and coffee. ...
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    05-19-2019, 07:53 AM
    By the way, when I play my new (second hand - gift) cornet, I go in my wife’s big closet full of clothes and blast away. I’m practicing to play a...
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    05-19-2019, 07:47 AM
    Since ya got yer ol’ strummin’ uke out, go in the bath room, turn on the shower, flush the toilet and belt out a line two. No body can sing until...
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    05-19-2019, 07:16 AM
    Well, Joyful, if I may call you that. One can play or change anything as he/she pleases. If they pay the money, they can make a birdhouse out of...
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    05-19-2019, 06:15 AM
    Well, here I go . . . I sorta think of a ukulele as a “my dog has fleas” instrument. Fun to strum and sing at the beach under a palm tree, or in a...
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    05-18-2019, 08:54 PM
    ripock replied to a thread Nomenclature in Uke Talk
    BBegall, I haven't been satisfied with this thread. People are saying a lot of true things with many words, but I don't feel they are addressing...
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    05-18-2019, 01:22 PM
    I made a bit of a commitment and I started practicing Daniel Ward's first Melodic meditation for ukulele. It is written for high G, so I am playing...
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    05-17-2019, 03:17 AM
    ripock replied to a thread Kamaka HF-3L, strings in Uke Talk
    from what I've noticed, lighter tension doesn't alter the sound, there's just less of it. It isn't as loud nor resonant, which doesn't bother me...
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    05-17-2019, 01:48 AM
    I suppose I don't see what all the fuss is about. I have ukuleles with both tunings and I play them the same way. When I am strumming chord...
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