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  1. I fret by using light pressure from my left arm...

    I fret by using light pressure from my left arm (biceps) bearing on the fingertips. The left-hand thumb stays fairly loose and serves as a guide rather than a clamp. It's a technique I learned as a...
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    'round here it's called "spanking da plank"

    'round here it's called "spanking da plank"
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    I've been using beads on both my classical...

    I've been using beads on both my classical guitars and 'ukuleles (pin, slot and string-thru) for many years. I buy them at a bead shop in Honolulu Chinatown (Kimmy's). It's a little hit or miss at...
  4. Music stand, pencil and a good chair are all I...

    Music stand, pencil and a good chair are all I need most days.
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    I agree, the stock Kanile'a tuner posts are silly...

    I agree, the stock Kanile'a tuner posts are silly short. I have a premium k-1 super tenor and wish it had a slotted head stock. Of course I'm used to classical guitars but I find the lotted head...
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    Jim's right those are not steel strings on the...

    Jim's right those are not steel strings on the TT6. Tiny ships strung with Pepe Romero Strings Guilele Set (UG1). These fluorocarbon trebles are smooth, long sustaining and warm, including the first...
  7. Thread: Nuts

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    You'll have to adjust the nut height to your...

    You'll have to adjust the nut height to your taste and cut string slots. The slots should fall away 20 degrees or so towards the headstock (to avoid strange harmonics and buzzes). Don't cut the slots...
  8. Musically confident, expressive and perfectly...

    Musically confident, expressive and perfectly under my fingers
  9. My first 'ukulele was a Kremona Mari I bought...

    My first 'ukulele was a Kremona Mari I bought Fall 2018—prior to that I borrowed my wife's Pono! Mari's neck is a bit of a broomstick but the sound is lovely, especially when I need a mellow...
  10. They also work great on guitarleles pitched A to...

    They also work great on guitarleles pitched A to A. More sweet and softer than fluorocarbon strings, but easy on the fingers. The high A string is like a darn burn button thread...
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    My Koa Elite Custom (tweaked Koa1) has a...

    My Koa Elite Custom (tweaked Koa1) has a beautiful voice, leaning to the mellow and dark side. Good volume but tends to blend in an ensemble due to the darker timbre. I use it a lot on multi-track...
  12. Maybe your Summer diet combined with a...

    Maybe your Summer diet combined with a temperature increase? We expand a wee bit with increased heat and extra salt makes it worse. I certainly get "fat" fingers when I consume salty food, and avoid...
  13. It's always tricky at first but if you throw...

    It's always tricky at first but if you throw yourself at it your brain eventually builds separate maps for each instrument. I switch between guitar, guilele, bass guitar and tenor 'ukulele while...
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    Most of the Romero Creations designs use fan...

    Most of the Romero Creations designs use fan bracing on the back—sort of a quasi-soundboard. It provides a significant increase in volume and sustain but, if your instrument rests on your gut, it...
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    I bought a Kala Elite 1Koa Limited in 2020 from...

    I bought a Kala Elite 1Koa Limited in 2020 from HMS. Stock comes and goes and I'm sure stock will eventually appear. I had to wait months to get a Kanile'a GL6 and RC Tiny Tenor 6, so Kala is in good...
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    All mine have the X bracing. But, yeah, assuming...

    All mine have the X bracing. But, yeah, assuming the quality of materials and design are equal, I've normally found koa to be a little brighter than mahogany. Not the case here.
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    I was unhappy with the Koa Elite after all the...

    I was unhappy with the Koa Elite after all the tuners broke and didn't play it much until recently. It has a mellow harp-like voice when strummed—basically less bright and aggressive sounding than...
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    The one with ebony fingerboard and binding was...

    The one with ebony fingerboard and binding was sold at HMS as a limited elite model in 2020. I almost bought one but got the limited elite 1koa instead. Both elites had defective Graph Tech tuning...
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    I also use those same Neewer LED panels. Much...

    I also use those same Neewer LED panels. Much cooler running and smaller than my old 8-bulb video lights and great for small jobs in tight quarters. I do miss the softboxes as these panels lose too...
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    I'm sure Pepe will build a 5 string for you. Or...

    I'm sure Pepe will build a 5 string for you. Or maybe buy a TT6 and ignore the 6th string.
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    I'm in the minority here but I merely own 6...

    I'm in the minority here but I merely own 6 'ukuleles. Probably would own more if I hadn't run out of space due to a serious infestation by other stringed critters...
  22. My Kanile'a super tenor started out at 2.75mm at...

    My Kanile'a super tenor started out at 2.75mm at the 12th fret (perfect for me) and, after 6 months or so, went up to nearly 3.25mm. An action touchup down the road is pretty common and I've had to...
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    Aolani means cloud from heaven. Kind of a...

    Aolani means cloud from heaven. Kind of a strangle moniker for an 'ukulele.
  24. Kala Elite simply refers to an entire line of...

    Kala Elite simply refers to an entire line of made in Cali 'ukuleles. Individual models like the Kala Elite Doghair, Kala Elite 1Koa, etc., are standard production models. When limited is added to...
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    Betty Lou of '52

    Betty Lou of '52, my original, and the last of 22 videos we shot for the 'ukulele classes at Leeward CC. The "headless" format was used to enhance fretboard visibility, and I used both finger style...
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