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    I made a nice stir fry with butternut squash...

    I made a nice stir fry with butternut squash noodles, ginger, and cilantro (as well as all the traditional ingredients).

    I regrettably had to put my Yorkie away. It had been out a while and...
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    Solid wood means that all the sides of the...

    Solid wood means that all the sides of the instrument are made from single-layered slices of wood. However sometimes two (or more) pieces of solid wood are glued side by side to make, for example,...
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    My practice has been rather desultory today. I...

    My practice has been rather desultory today.

    I started with that old folk song "500 miles" which somehow became lodged in my brain. I tinkered around and worked out the melody.

    Then I worked...
  4. Thread: Hushing the Uke

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    I am in a similar situation and here's what I do....

    I am in a similar situation and here's what I do.

    Since I always play standing up with a strap, I walk to the furthest points away from my sleeping wife to play. For my floor plan, that means the...
  5. Thread: Neck Shapes

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    For me, necks do not matter physically, but they...

    For me, necks do not matter physically, but they do philosophically. I do not feel any comfort or discomfort from any neck shape. I play them all: my tenor guitar has a thin bulbous neck, my...
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    If I were going to buy an electric uke, my first...

    If I were going to buy an electric uke, my first and only choice would be a RISA. I don't know if they come in concert size; I've only seen them in tenor. And they aren't acoustic/electric. They...
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    Loren, To be honest, I never pay attention to...

    Loren,

    To be honest, I never pay attention to Wolf tones. It is kind of like having a P90 pickup on a guitar: It buzzes when you stop playing. The solution? Never stop playing. So I just keep...
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    Indeed. The only thing more difficult than...

    Indeed. The only thing more difficult than playing a note is not playing it.
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    I lucked out this year. I am contractually bound...

    I lucked out this year. I am contractually bound to indulge my woman's whimsies. When she wants a proper holiday meal, I make it. You know the deal: turkey, white stock gravy, stuffing, cranberry...
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    I don't use Aquila strings nor do I play...

    I don't use Aquila strings nor do I play sopranos. Therefore I don't have any particular information to relate. However, generally speaking, I think it is time you learn to mute strings--in this...
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    The restrictions mean nothing to my ukulele time....

    The restrictions mean nothing to my ukulele time. I still do the same: practice chord shapes, practice jazzier chord qualities, practice modes--all with the intention of being a more fluid...
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    What's not to like about low G? It takes a three...

    What's not to like about low G? It takes a three stringed instrument and turns it into a four stringed instrument. It doubles the amount of scales you can play. I do keep one of my ukes in the...
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    Glen Rose's books are cheap and effective, if you...

    Glen Rose's books are cheap and effective, if you have the temperament for them. Here's what I mean by that: his methodology is to eschew theory and technical aspects, and just play groups of chord...
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    I practiced the drone a bit. I'm still waiting...

    I practiced the drone a bit. I'm still waiting for quantum leap. In the past, you practice and practice and nothing seems to change. Then, one day, your skills take an apparent quantum leap and...
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    When I was at this stage of purchasing my first...

    When I was at this stage of purchasing my first ukulele, I obviated much of the noise and static of "what about this" or "what about that" by making my first priority money. Once you commit to a...
  16. I see chord patterns and scale diagrams wherever...

    I see chord patterns and scale diagrams wherever I look. When you drive behind semi-trucks at night their lights are composed of many little lights. And those lights (or lack thereof) form shapes...
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    To be honest, I just play the same exact thing on...

    To be honest, I just play the same exact thing on the Baritone as I did on the smaller ukes. However, I do keep in mind that I'm playing in a different key. For example, if I learnt a song in C on...
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    I drove by a gallery (presumably, an art gallery)...

    I drove by a gallery (presumably, an art gallery) and noticed that its name was flat twelve. I thought that must be a discordant chord since the dominant degree is altered. When I got home I...
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    I once again find myself wondering what the hell...

    I once again find myself wondering what the hell is wrong with people. Our state is going into a two week lock down and I went to the store. All the ramen noodles were gone. Why do people buy...
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    Oh. I finally see. I knew you guys had some...

    Oh. I finally see. I knew you guys had some motivation, but I just couldn't see what it was. Part of my problem is that I never thought about the chords in that way. Instead of thinking of it as...
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    The first thing I bought after my ukulele was the...

    The first thing I bought after my ukulele was the Mel Bay book of ukulele scales. It listed all the scales and their modes for the re-entrant tunings. Those will keep your fingers busy for a while.
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    This thread has been entertaining and...

    This thread has been entertaining and illuminating, but I still don't see how it is very practical. For example, I never refer to the A-shaped movable chord at the seventh position; I call it E. ...
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    ooooh boy. That bass line is hard to keep up. ...

    ooooh boy. That bass line is hard to keep up. Doing two things at once is no joke. I really admire the Reverend Peyton and Justin Johnson, and they both have that drone doing on. It is going to...
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    Or if someone made it worth my while, I have a...

    Or if someone made it worth my while, I have a cedar topped kala that I haven't touched in almost two years. There's nothing wrong with it; it is just that my tastes have moved onward and upward.
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    Maybe I'm dense, but I think I am missing...

    Maybe I'm dense, but I think I am missing something here. I would call 2010 F, of course. But if I moved it up a fret I would call it F#. And if I moved it another fret I would call it G. Am I...
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