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    Today, 07:10 PM
    I made a nice stir fry with butternut squash noodles, ginger, and cilantro (as well as all the traditional ingredients). I regrettably had to put...
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    Yesterday, 07:57 AM
    Solid wood means that all the sides of the instrument are made from single-layered slices of wood. However sometimes two (or more) pieces of solid...
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    11-26-2020, 11:36 PM
    My practice has been rather desultory today. I started with that old folk song "500 miles" which somehow became lodged in my brain. I tinkered...
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    11-26-2020, 11:09 PM
    ripock replied to a thread Hushing the Uke in Uke Tech Support
    I am in a similar situation and here's what I do. Since I always play standing up with a strap, I walk to the furthest points away from my...
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    11-25-2020, 07:58 AM
    ripock replied to a thread Neck Shapes in Uke Talk
    For me, necks do not matter physically, but they do philosophically. I do not feel any comfort or discomfort from any neck shape. I play them all: ...
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    11-24-2020, 10:06 AM
    If I were going to buy an electric uke, my first and only choice would be a RISA. I don't know if they come in concert size; I've only seen them in...
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    11-21-2020, 06:04 PM
    Loren, To be honest, I never pay attention to Wolf tones. It is kind of like having a P90 pickup on a guitar: It buzzes when you stop playing. ...
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    11-21-2020, 11:23 AM
    Indeed. The only thing more difficult than playing a note is not playing it.
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    11-21-2020, 06:39 AM
    I lucked out this year. I am contractually bound to indulge my woman's whimsies. When she wants a proper holiday meal, I make it. You know the...
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    11-21-2020, 06:19 AM
    I don't use Aquila strings nor do I play sopranos. Therefore I don't have any particular information to relate. However, generally speaking, I...
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    11-20-2020, 04:43 PM
    ripock replied to a thread Covid Practice Blues in Uke Talk
    The restrictions mean nothing to my ukulele time. I still do the same: practice chord shapes, practice jazzier chord qualities, practice modes--all...
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    11-20-2020, 02:28 PM
    What's not to like about low G? It takes a three stringed instrument and turns it into a four stringed instrument. It doubles the amount of scales...
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    11-18-2020, 07:54 AM
    ripock replied to a thread Jazz Music Book ? in Buying Tips
    Glen Rose's books are cheap and effective, if you have the temperament for them. Here's what I mean by that: his methodology is to eschew theory...
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    11-18-2020, 06:26 AM
    I practiced the drone a bit. I'm still waiting for quantum leap. In the past, you practice and practice and nothing seems to change. Then, one...
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    11-18-2020, 04:19 AM
    When I was at this stage of purchasing my first ukulele, I obviated much of the noise and static of "what about this" or "what about that" by making...
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    11-17-2020, 08:04 PM
    I see chord patterns and scale diagrams wherever I look. When you drive behind semi-trucks at night their lights are composed of many little lights....
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    11-17-2020, 05:53 PM
    To be honest, I just play the same exact thing on the Baritone as I did on the smaller ukes. However, I do keep in mind that I'm playing in a...
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    11-17-2020, 11:10 AM
    I drove by a gallery (presumably, an art gallery) and noticed that its name was flat twelve. I thought that must be a discordant chord since the...
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    11-16-2020, 05:54 PM
    I once again find myself wondering what the hell is wrong with people. Our state is going into a two week lock down and I went to the store. All...
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    11-15-2020, 02:54 PM
    ripock replied to a thread Chord Shape Names in Uke Talk
    Oh. I finally see. I knew you guys had some motivation, but I just couldn't see what it was. Part of my problem is that I never thought about the...
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    11-15-2020, 02:42 PM
    The first thing I bought after my ukulele was the Mel Bay book of ukulele scales. It listed all the scales and their modes for the re-entrant...
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    11-15-2020, 08:59 AM
    ripock replied to a thread Chord Shape Names in Uke Talk
    This thread has been entertaining and illuminating, but I still don't see how it is very practical. For example, I never refer to the A-shaped...
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    11-14-2020, 07:15 PM
    ooooh boy. That bass line is hard to keep up. Doing two things at once is no joke. I really admire the Reverend Peyton and Justin Johnson, and...
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    11-14-2020, 06:57 PM
    Or if someone made it worth my while, I have a cedar topped kala that I haven't touched in almost two years. There's nothing wrong with it; it is...
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    11-14-2020, 06:54 PM
    ripock replied to a thread Chord Shape Names in Uke Talk
    Maybe I'm dense, but I think I am missing something here. I would call 2010 F, of course. But if I moved it up a fret I would call it F#. And if I...
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    11-14-2020, 07:19 AM
    ripock replied to a thread Tenor banjo thoughts in Uke Talk
    That's good to know. There are certain chord qualities that I avoid (depending on which root I use) on the ukulele. For example some add9's, some...
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    11-14-2020, 07:12 AM
    Still bouncing between the Lokrian shapes and enjoying it. I bought myself some Cairdeas, a variety of my favorite whiskey that has been aged in...
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    11-13-2020, 08:10 PM
    ripock replied to a thread Tenor banjo thoughts in Uke Talk
    I bought a tenor guitar that was tuned CGDA but I didn't want to learn anything new. So I just uptuned the fourth string to a D and downtuned the...
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    11-13-2020, 08:09 AM
    piggy-backing off what Ubulele said, I also play in the dark. A friend of mine who is a professional guitarist played in a closet to practice this...
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    11-13-2020, 05:49 AM
    Nickie is a pro and she knows the deal: each of us is excellent at what we practice. So she should practice not looking while she plays. I can...
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