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    Very few of us are self-taught. While I have not...

    Very few of us are self-taught. While I have not taken what we think of as "music lessons" on the ukulele, (I did take a couple of years of accordion lessons when I was in public school) I don't...
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    I have a dulcimer capo that I've been using for...

    I have a dulcimer capo that I've been using for 30 some odd years. It's made of a chopstick and an elastic. I've had to replace the elastic a few times, but the chopstick is the same one I started...
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    I really like those Paige capos for banjo (up to...

    I really like those Paige capos for banjo (up to the 4th fret on a 5-string), but I believe they're a little too narrow for many ukulele necks.
    Just a little too narrow for my Cordoba tenor.
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    It takes no time to screw this capo on. ...

    It takes no time to screw this capo on.

    Another thing I don't like about spring loaded capos is that some folks leave them on the headstock when they're not using them and it looks ugly,...
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    Planet Waves has a nice compact adjustable capo. ...

    Planet Waves has a nice compact adjustable capo. I haven't tried it on a uke yet, but I've been using it on my bajo for a couple of years and it works really well and is small and light. I would...
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    There are these two groups for banjolele players:...

    There are these two groups for banjolele players:

    1. https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/group.php?groupid=145

    2. https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/group.php?groupid=113

    Neither of...
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    I have bought things like capos, Autoharp parts,...

    I have bought things like capos, Autoharp parts, inlay, fret wire. . . from on-line/mail order stores, but the idea of buying an instrument without first playing it seems strange. I've played D-18s...
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    Kyle's version of Grandfather's Clock

    I don't know if this'll work, but here's a video of one of my first Ukulele students, Kyle, from about a decade ago. Kyle and I used to call his mom down at the end of each lesson for a mini-concert...
  9. Wonderful Brenda! I really enjoyed the way you...

    Wonderful Brenda! I really enjoyed the way you played that.
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    I really like Herco Flex 52 blue thumb picks. ...

    I really like Herco Flex 52 blue thumb picks. They are a couple of bucks at the most and are very flexible and comfortable.
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    Guitars seem to be the only instruments that have...

    Guitars seem to be the only instruments that have the 9th fret marker. Banjos, mandolins, tiples, ukuleles. . . all have a tenth fret marker. I bought a banjolele with a twisted neck and had a...
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    A downward slide with no specific target.

    A downward slide with no specific target.
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    This was my Mom's favourite song. I recall her...

    This was my Mom's favourite song. I recall her singing it while washing dishes or working in the kitchen.
  14. If you intend to play chord melody style, you...

    If you intend to play chord melody style, you will want the melody note on the 1st (sometimes 2nd) string, so it helps to know several forms, "inversions" of the same chord.
    A C chord, 0003 or 5433,...
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    Mr. Noah

    Last summer there was a really high water level on the Port Hope Waterfront Trail and this tune came into my head. I learned it from the Dave Van Ronk - Folksinger LP in the mid-sixties, but had...
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    I would think one solution to your problem is not...

    I would think one solution to your problem is not to bring up your cigar and pipe smoking hobby. I think it's only natural for people to wonder why you would indulge in such a harmful "hobby".
    If...
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    After listening to Aaron Keim's arrangement, I...

    After listening to Aaron Keim's arrangement, I realise that my arrangement was only an approximation of Pete's tune. Thanks for posting that Gary.
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    Here's what I came up with this afternoon. 124499

    Here's what I came up with this afternoon.
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    I'm sure that it could, but I figured it out on a...

    I'm sure that it could, but I figured it out on a re-entrant uke.

    Pete played it on a 12-string guitar. I had 1/3 as many strings, so I modified it a bit. I wrote out this for one of my students...
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    For finger-picking, I used to think Low G was...

    For finger-picking, I used to think Low G was best, but lately I've been doing a lot of finger-style on the re-enrant uke. Try this one, Pete Seeger's Living In The Country on a high G. This...
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    I have an old yard sale small tenor guitar that I...

    I have an old yard sale small tenor guitar that I bought for my son over 40 years ago. I have recently (about 15 years ago) switched the strings to nylon, making it essentially a large baritone uke....
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    If it is in an insulated hard shell case, then I...

    If it is in an insulated hard shell case, then I might leave it for a couple of hours to equalise the temp/humidity, but if it's in a cardboard box, which won't be very well insulated, it won't take...
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    Here's Tom Jones ...

    Here's Tom Jones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXl98QQcVxM

    And Odetta in the mid sixties https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyMBn0OO-Cw Odetta was supposed to sing at Obama's inauguration, but...
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    I first heard this song by David Ray on the...

    I first heard this song by David Ray on the Blues, Rags & Hollers album during the sixties folk boom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgL0mM2qPGY

    The liner notes caused me to look up Lead...
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    My first real uke was a Kala and I was very happy...

    My first real uke was a Kala and I was very happy with it. 124099
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