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    A "standard" (approx 1 1/2" - 4cm) ring binder...

    A "standard" (approx 1 1/2" - 4cm) ring binder will hold 250-300 sheets of paper. With a song on each side of a sheet that's about 600 songs. 3,000 songs would likely need at least 5 A4 folders,...
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    I use a Windows-based tablet both as an e-reader...

    I use a Windows-based tablet both as an e-reader with the Kindle app and a pdf reader, but mostly I use it in conjunction with ABC files to both display music notation whilst playing the music at the...
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    One criteria that may not be sufficiently...

    One criteria that may not be sufficiently emphasised is to keep the plucked string fretted for absolutely as long as possible. The "typical harp sound" is, in part, caused by the strings not being...
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    As with so many things, it's all down to practice...

    As with so many things, it's all down to practice ;)

    Your "picking angle" shouldn't be so steep as to be able to hit the top of the instrument on the "follow-through", yet it needs to be steep...
  5. I'd guess the "BU4" is someone simply saving...

    I'd guess the "BU4" is someone simply saving themselves a bit of typing, they are typically BU4S (Soprano), BU4C (Concert) etc. Note there is also a BU5 range, in "blonde" wood, constructionally...
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    Herein lies problem one ... practicing an...

    Herein lies problem one ... practicing an instrument isn't something that can be done a couple of times a week, you really do need to find 15-30 minutes every day, in two or three shorter sessions if...
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    In the UK, my suggestion would be a Brunswick...

    In the UK, my suggestion would be a Brunswick BU4T or BU5T ... well rated and well within your budget. I have one, and the "big brother" baritone, and have been totally satisfied with them :)
    My...
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    An old acquaintance of mine used to play his...

    An old acquaintance of mine used to play his guitar and these days plays his ukulele "upside down", that is to say, he plays a conventionally strung instrument left-handed. Certainly allows him to...
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    Tuning in 5th's, as per a violin or mandolin,...

    Tuning in 5th's, as per a violin or mandolin, seems to be quite popular. I have a pineapple soprano tuned the same as a mandolin and my baritone is tuned an octave lower, like a tenor banjo. They are...
  10. Poll: The poll is invalid ... there's no entry for...

    The poll is invalid ... there's no entry for banjolele ;)
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    There is/was a series of books from...

    There is/was a series of books from "International Music Publications" called "70 Years of Popular Music", with each ten years from the '20's to the '80's in a separate book. The layout is the usual...
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    Or you could re-string your guitar with nylon...

    Or you could re-string your guitar with nylon strings ;)
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    Or you could re-string your guitar with nylon...

    Or you could re-string your guitar with nylon strings ;)
  14. I use ABC notation to transcribe and re-print...

    I use ABC notation to transcribe and re-print sheet music that is inconvenient to play, either because of the way it is laid out or if it is an awkward key. The very act of having to read the...
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    For myself, I think in "instrument keys" rather...

    For myself, I think in "instrument keys" rather than just C, F, G etc., so I'll play in "Banjo G" on my 5-string banjo but "Mandolin G" on my 4-string banjo (or mandolin).

    So I've also got "Guitar...
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    I've bought several collections of arrangements...

    I've bought several collections of arrangements for high-G fingerstyle so that defines that reason ... I sometimes wonder why I bother with low-G arrangements on a ukulele when I can do the same on a...
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    The problem with 64-bit code is all those long...

    The problem with 64-bit code is all those long words ;) ...---... (programmers' joke) ;)

    :music:
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    Being an "ex-coder", albeit mostly amateur, I...

    Being an "ex-coder", albeit mostly amateur, I found the use of ABC to be significantly helpful on my learning curve. Being able to take a sheet of staff notation, in ANY key and convert it into a...
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    I think that sums it up ... get your basic...

    I think that sums it up ... get your basic technique sorted, then decide if adjusting the instrument will improve things further. You may well find that by holding the instrument "correctly" - (do...
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    I'd been strumming/chording for over 40 years...

    I'd been strumming/chording for over 40 years before I finally decided to learn to read music ... it gets easier :)

    I'd suggest, from my experience, not to try to learn too many things all at...
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    I play four-string tenor banjo as a melody...

    I play four-string tenor banjo as a melody instrument, mostly Irish jigs and the like, but really anything that takes my fancy. It's tuned GDAE, an octave down from a fiddle or mandolin.

    I also...
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    The sound difference is definitely down to the...

    The sound difference is definitely down to the "open" resonator on the Gibson. My old "John Grey & Son" had a similar (metal) resonator, until I removed it, simply because it was far too loud for...
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    Let's face it, anyone who's "optimistic" enough...

    Let's face it, anyone who's "optimistic" enough to pay that sort of money for some piece of juju pseudo-science is bound to say that it improved their instrument ... no-one's going to own up to being...
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    As both a ukulele and banjo player I'd suggest...

    As both a ukulele and banjo player I'd suggest removing the 5th string completely, also be prepared to choose some compromise tuning for the long neck, then fit a capo to bring the instrument up to...
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    I suffer from arthritis in my fretting hand. I...

    I suffer from arthritis in my fretting hand. I also play guitar, mandolin, banjo and a variety of ukuleles (+ other stuff) ... my most "comfortable" stringed instrument? ... my Antoria "J200 copy", a...
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