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    I would think a slimline one would be brighter...

    I would think a slimline one would be brighter (although maybe not so loud). If it were me limited just to Thomann, I'd give this one a try:...
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    I'm particularly fond of G major, or rather the...

    I'm particularly fond of G major, or rather the 2010 shape if only because whatever song I'm marking up with chord diagrams, it seems regardless of what key it's in, what tuning I'm transposing it...
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    I find Monkees songs usually fit my range well. ...

    I find Monkees songs usually fit my range well. Otherwise I'm with DownUpDave, and transpose where necessary.
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    The theme to "Family Guy". Claire and I always...

    The theme to "Family Guy". Claire and I always sing along. It's one of the most challenging tunes to strum on the ukulele too, and will be deeply satisfying if I can ever nail it so well that I can...
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    Assuming at least some of you will sing, you need...

    Assuming at least some of you will sing, you need to think about how many microphones you need. For a small band, the Yamaha Stagepas is a popular option. We use one, but we have found there aren't...
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    Yes I'm based in Corsham. I don't know the...

    Yes I'm based in Corsham. I don't know the Bristol scene at all.


    It might be worth keeping an eye on The Hot Potato Syncopators who are based in Bath, but seem to perform only very...
  7. I'm a glass half empty sort of person when it...

    I'm a glass half empty sort of person when it comes to politics, so I'm predicting Teresa May will lead the Conservatives in to the next election.
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    Whenever I think it needs it, which I guess...

    Whenever I think it needs it, which I guess equates to every fifth or so time I pick it up (once new strings are bedded in). The intonation on one of my ukes is so bad, it's hardly worth tuning it...
  9. 1. No, and the strings would wear out more...

    1. No, and the strings would wear out more quickly if you swapped them back and forth all the time.
    2. Not necessarily. Aquila Red strings are made weightier by adding copper, so the low G might...
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    The problem with most of these political...

    The problem with most of these political arguments is they become stupidly tribal. I did vote for one outcome not the other, but I don't think either side will be celebrating if the current deal or...
  11. Any member who publishes a blog can point to it...

    Any member who publishes a blog can point to it in their sig.
  12. Red Bandits playing Christmas Lights Switch-On, Corsham, Wiltshire, UK Fri 7th Dec

    The ukulele band I play rhythm ukulele with, Red Bandits will be playing to support the switching on of the Christmas lights in Corsham on 7th of December. Watch this space or check local press to...
  13. A Brüko tuned up to D can be quite loud. ...

    A Brüko tuned up to D can be quite loud. Personally I'd use a small amp as well though.
  14. My first uke was a no-name one I bought from the...

    My first uke was a no-name one I bought from the music shop in the arcade, Bristol along with a Mel Bay how-to-play book back in 1985 or so. I learned most of the chords, and a few songs from sheet...
  15. Frome Ukulele Festival, Somerset, England 23 March 2019

    http://www.fromeukulelefestival.org/
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    Fantastic!

    Fantastic!
  17. To me the main reason I can think of to call a...

    To me the main reason I can think of to call a ukulele a ukulele and a guitar a guitar is that if you learn to play one, there's a certain amount of new learning needed to play the other. Having...
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    I like a punchy, bright soprano. My Brüko fits...

    I like a punchy, bright soprano. My Brüko fits that bill nicely.
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    The Danelectro Honeytone, of my three cheap amps...

    The Danelectro Honeytone, of my three cheap amps I reckon is the best value for home use. As others have said, it's worth spending a fair bit more if you want a decent sound. Personally if I had...
  20. Thanks! Good idea for a tutorial. I'm sure I...

    Thanks! Good idea for a tutorial. I'm sure I can use those.
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    Absolutely, and this time of year I'm dusting off...

    Absolutely, and this time of year I'm dusting off those Christmas tunes and discovering how I can play them that bit better than last year, incorporating some of the skills I've developed during the...
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    Thanks! Our band will have Rockin' Robin in our...

    Thanks! Our band will have Rockin' Robin in our setlist for the festive season. I'm sure I can use some of those ideas.
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    So he really lived twice?

    So he really lived twice?
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    Whatever, it looks great. If it sounds good too...

    Whatever, it looks great. If it sounds good too that's what matters.
  25. I think I've only ever broken one string in six...

    I think I've only ever broken one string in six or so years of playing, and that was when I tried a new (to me) brand and tuned them up to BbEbGC (three semitones higher than what the strings were...
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