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    Uncle Rod's Boot Camp via Skype

    Anyone teaching Uncle Rod's Boot Camp via Skype? I'm wanting to teach my niece, and Skype is the logical medium. Looking for tips and insight about lesson via Skype. What works well, or maybe not so...
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    Congrats! The grain pattern is stunning. Looks...

    Congrats! The grain pattern is stunning. Looks like flames turning into smoke. What a scene!
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    OK. Camera acclimated and cooperated.

    http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t206/mgeimer/HotTubUke_zps02a48531.jpg

    http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t206/mgeimer/HotTubSide_zpsb30cd5c3.jpg
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  4. Slice of Life: Almost like The Islands there for a second...

    Wow! Big WeatheróWeather with a Capitol Wójust rolled through. I was caught outside... 75-80F temps, pouring down buckets of rain, watching the steam rise up from the steep green forested mountains...
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    Poll: I was in a "serious band" for many years (record...

    I was in a "serious band" for many years (record company, tours, CDs). The band leader would not let me sing. In truth, blocking me was a personal-turf, ego-protection racket, but it kept me silent...
  6. Coming on thirty years this June. I was a...

    Coming on thirty years this June. I was a teenager in the suburbs at a time when a kid could have a paper route. Collected the route, bought a guitar and paid for my own lessons.
  7. *shrug* I use an electronic tuner maybe once a...

    *shrug* I use an electronic tuner maybe once a month. I keep everything in tune, and I know instantly when I'm out (or if someone else is out). I do not have perfect pitch, but my sense of pitch has...
  8. ^This! Emphatically! Thanks billcarr for that...

    ^This! Emphatically!

    Thanks billcarr for that video. You saved me some $$ I think.

    I once hired the piano tuner from Davies Symphony Hall in SF to tune my lowly spinet (because the shop was...
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    Cable Cars are incredible! One benefit of...

    Cable Cars are incredible! One benefit of performing at that cafe was that all the brakemen knew me and would sometimes ring the bell as they passed me by. Way cool!
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    (3) is the correct answer. This mystery...

    (3) is the correct answer.

    This mystery bothered me for many years. I had read McTeague, and lived in the Nob Hill/Polk Gulch neighborhood—where Frank Norris Alley honors the author. Most every...
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    Frank Norris describes Post-Gold Rush SF in great...

    Frank Norris describes Post-Gold Rush SF in great detail. His protagonist, McTeague lived at Clay and Polk with a view of the cable-car wheelhouse from his Clay St window. Well, I used to play at The...
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    Maybe just get the one you think looks the best?...

    Maybe just get the one you think looks the best? I also do not think the wood choice is going to make a huge difference in the sound. That is, they will both sound pretty good! I have an MC-4 that I...
  13. I have printed sheets for most every song I've...

    I have printed sheets for most every song I've every learned (assuming I learned it from a chart of some sort originally). The stack is almost two inches high and most of it is "memorized" LOL....
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    +1 for Big Muddy Mandolins. Been playing...

    +1 for Big Muddy Mandolins.

    Been playing mandolin for over ten years, guitar for thirty years now (ohmyhowtimeflies), and uke for only this last year. I think the uke is so much more like the...
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    Playing dead simple rhythms in time will get you...

    Playing dead simple rhythms in time will get you further faster than attempting to play more complex strumming than your current skill allows, perhaps because you don't wish to sound boring. Plain,...
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    In the first KoAlana threads HMS posted an...

    In the first KoAlana threads HMS posted an excellent video. At one point there is a suggestion that this now-sold-out production run is it for these as we currently know them, adding on they may come...
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    I mostly play "unplugged", whether it be a jam...

    I mostly play "unplugged", whether it be a jam party or a house concert or just porch picking. Years ago, I had a trio which performed sans amplification at coffeehouse. Of course, most of this...
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    Double-blind tests are flawed IMO because they...

    Double-blind tests are flawed IMO because they are are tests and not musical performances. There is no test I can think of that would help me determine which uke will perform the best in a large...
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    Enjoy every taco. I once went into the place...

    Enjoy every taco.

    I once went into the place for our gig and the server informed me one of the regulars had passed. I knew him well enough, and our lead guitarist knew him personally as a good...
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    I cruised with Holland America last December and...

    I cruised with Holland America last December and played on our deck area every day, and sometimes on the beaches. When crew took notice they always commented nicely about it, some of them played uke...
  21. Paracho, Mexico is very well known as guitar...

    Paracho, Mexico is very well known as guitar building city.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paracho
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    ^This is where it's real, around campfires and...

    ^This is where it's real, around campfires and other social gatherings where the uke comes out and the songs begin. Better than any mp3 playlist IMO.

    The whole lip-synch phenom is hardly new....
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    Islander MC-4 has exceeded my expectations. The...

    Islander MC-4 has exceeded my expectations. The play-ability is excellent and I appreciate the wide fretboard. The geared tuners are of good quality. The sound is quite good, but obviously does not...
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    I wonder if HMS will attempt to repair any ukes...

    I wonder if HMS will attempt to repair any ukes and make them available? Might be an opportunity all around.

    ...watch this space...
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    Last photo! ...

    Last photo!

    http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t206/mgeimer/KoalanaConcert_zps25faa12d.jpg
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