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  1. To my mind, the only time swapping instruments...

    To my mind, the only time swapping instruments might slow me down is if I find an instrument physically uncomfortable to play. Trying to learn a new tune using an instrument on which I have to...
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    Whatever spacing you settle on initially may well...

    Whatever spacing you settle on initially may well need to be varied, depending on your strumming/picking style and once you've made a choice of strings. I'd suggest not putting too much effort into...
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    The U-tube examples shown show nothing about the...

    The U-tube examples shown show nothing about the capabilities of the instrument(s) and a lot about the capabilities of the player(s). Rig any instrument with a pickup, string it and tune it to suit...
  4. Well, IMHO, if the OP wants to sound like the...

    Well, IMHO, if the OP wants to sound like the video he'll need six strings. It's the rocking bass notes from the thumb pick that carry the song through, the jangly treble arpeggios just "sound nice"...
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    As has been noted, the tail-piece appears to be...

    As has been noted, the tail-piece appears to be missing, so I'd sort that first, probably just with a temporary loop of stiff wire to tie the strings to, then string it with three strings, using the...
  6. Thread: Dry Skin

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    Not a problem (yet) with my stringed instruments,...

    Not a problem (yet) with my stringed instruments, but I find a spot of hand-cream on my fingertips to be beneficial for my woodwind ... recorder, whistle, open-hole flute, clarinet etc. ... to help...
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    On the occasion I "stumble" into the wrong...

    On the occasion I "stumble" into the wrong octave, usually low and usually if re-stringing from scratch with no strings on the instrument, I use a tuning fork or pitch pipe to find my starting point,...
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    Aaron Keim's site...

    Aaron Keim's site http://quietamericanmusic.com/storestore?category=Digital+Downloads shows downloads in pdf format, which you can print (or have printed) ... I've purchased several, good value ;)
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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...
  13. 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...
  18. 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 ;)
  22. 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) ;)

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