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  1. Of the three (the pen cap, Banjo Highway, and...

    Of the three (the pen cap, Banjo Highway, and Reagan), I like the Reagan best, but if you're interested in something beyond a quick hack, I think railroad spikes are best.



    Clawhammer banjo...
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    Here’s a simple trick for a banjo 5th string capo that would probably work for a ukulele 4th string. NB: I’ve tried it on a banjo but not on a ukulele.
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    Oh, and speaking of Aaron Keim, I noticed that he...

    Oh, and speaking of Aaron Keim, I noticed that he seems to have worked out fluorocarbon string gauges that work for tuning his mini 5-strings (which have an even shorter scale length than the Gold...
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    I had a sort of similar experience, but the other...

    I had a sort of similar experience, but the other way around maybe. I got a banjo years ago, tried to learn 3-finger picking but gave up (mostly because it was just too loud for my living situation...
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    There might be some dialect drift going on here....

    There might be some dialect drift going on here. In four decades of playing various keyboard instruments and the violin and singing in choirs, I had never heard anyone use arpeggio to refer to broken...
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    I agree that many strummed chords will not be...

    I agree that many strummed chords will not be arpeggios and also that you can play arpeggios by playing strings out of order.

    What I meant to point out is that if you, say, slowly strum a G chord...
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    There seems to be constant confusion on this...

    There seems to be constant confusion on this thread between “non-inverted” and ”in order”. An inverted chord is simply one where the bass note is not the root. Even by the strictest...
  8. I’m not sure we’re watching the same video,...

    I’m not sure we’re watching the same video, but the opening of the one I saw when I clicked through was B E B E B ...
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    You could use the Aquila strings for violin-style...

    You could use the Aquila strings for violin-style 5ths tuning (GDAE). You would just have to tune the 2nd and 3rd strings each down a whole step. You’d be limited to a soprano scale, though, I...
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    Beautiful playing, and a lovely piece, too! My...

    Beautiful playing, and a lovely piece, too!

    My daughter happened to hear me listening to it, and at her insistence, it's now become a part of her bedtime routine (both your performance and my...
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    Speaking from my experience starting out with a...

    Speaking from my experience starting out with a $25 ukulele from Amazon, I found that the worst setup issue was that it was really sharp at the first couple of frets because of a too-high nut. This...
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    My daughter really wants a purple ukulele ... ...

    My daughter really wants a purple ukulele ...

    David
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    I have several of these tuners, and they all have...

    I have several of these tuners, and they all have the same problem, at least on ukes with normal headstocks. On the one slotted headstock I have, though, there's no buzzing. I still like them quite...
  14. Oh, and in response to your question about...

    Oh, and in response to your question about strings: ukulele strings are usually nylon or fluorocarbon, but you can get wound strings, which have a nylon core and a metal winding, for the lower...
  15. One thing that can make a ukulele sound more like...

    One thing that can make a ukulele sound more like a small guitar is having a low fourth string, rather than the more traditional high fourth string, i.e., tuned a fourth below the third string rather...
  16. I actually got the Risa Stick partly because it...

    I actually got the Risa Stick partly because it was so compact---not that I really travel all that much, but being so compact, it's easy just to take with me everywhere. It is true that after a...
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    Thanks for all the advice, and the pointer to...

    Thanks for all the advice, and the pointer to Peter's video review, which was great (I especially liked hearing Bizet and Schumann played on the ukulele).

    Now that I've been playing it for a week,...
  18. Thread: D tuning

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    zztush: Your spreadsheet does not appear to even...

    zztush: Your spreadsheet does not appear to even attempt to address whether chord shapes are the same or different when you tune up or down.

    If you think in terms of named chords, then the shapes...
  19. Thread: D tuning

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    zztush: In most of the tuning threads that come...

    zztush: In most of the tuning threads that come up around here, you spend a lot of time defending GCEA tuning on the basis that the key of C is somehow sacred. For the purpose of teaching children...
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    NUD / advice: Risa tenor stick

    I got a Risa tenor stick this week, and while I'm quite impressed with the precision of it (it has far and away the best intonation up and down the neck of any of my ukuleles, and the whole thing...
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    Most of my playing time is on a linear C6 tenor...

    Most of my playing time is on a linear C6 tenor and a reentrant C6 concert, but I do have a cheap soprano tuned in 5ths (GDAE) using the Aquila set. I mostly use it to try to play classical violin...
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    I've actually been using some classical guitar...

    I've actually been using some classical guitar materials and just transposing them (and adjusting for missing bass notes, as needed). It's been good practice writing out music, too. I'm currently...
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    I'm confused---IIUC you are among those that find...

    I'm confused---IIUC you are among those that find it acceptable; after all, you could have just chosen not to order from them. Do you not understand yourself? I don't think anyone is saying that...
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    Since discovering the ukulele last summer, it's...

    Since discovering the ukulele last summer, it's been my only musical outlet, even though the house is full of musical instruments (piano, harpsichord, toy piano, violin, banjo, harmonica, tin...
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