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    Any casual reader of these notes knows that i...

    Any casual reader of these notes knows that i don't play other people's music. That's what my stereo is for: to play CD's of other people's music. My rendition would be an etiolated version of my...
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    I mostly play standing or walking around the...

    I mostly play standing or walking around the room. I find it much better for form and, in theory, if I ever perform it will be standing up...so I'm just logging in hours for that muscle memory. ...
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    Hey Wineshop, I'm going to give slightly...

    Hey Wineshop, I'm going to give slightly contradictory advice.

    You don't need sound files or to play before you pay. After all, it is a ukulele and its tone isn't a variable in this equation. ...
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    I never trim my strings, and I don't have a...

    I never trim my strings, and I don't have a reason. But now, with your story, I have a reason.
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    I think we're missing the point a bit. We're all...

    I think we're missing the point a bit. We're all getting triggered by certain phrases and getting on own soap boxes, which is fine and entertaining, but all James Hill said was don't go from crappy...
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    Dang! this thread is erudite. I admit I prefer...

    Dang! this thread is erudite. I admit I prefer lighter gauges but I don't do all this science stuff and swappy-stringy jazz. I just buy strings designed for a scale smaller than my uke. I play...
  7. as an addendum to what I wrote: I think my...

    as an addendum to what I wrote:

    I think my friends who play guitar refer to these variations as positions, such as 3rd position or 8th position.

    I personally organize my chords in my head using...
  8. I've heard people call these variations...

    I've heard people call these variations "voicings" or "inversions"
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    I've had this discussion before and I know people...

    I've had this discussion before and I know people disagree with me, but buying a Kamaka is cheaper than buying intermediary ukes and then buying the Kamaka. So my opinion, in a way, coincides with...
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    There is actually quite a lot to do with the A...

    There is actually quite a lot to do with the A dim7 arpeggio. I just spent about ninety minutes exploring the arpeggio.

    It has been a fairly virtuous evening.

    I started off with exercise (I...
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    Thanks, guys. All 19 frets are playable, I get...

    Thanks, guys. All 19 frets are playable, I get seven pentatonic/modal shapes, and it is reclaimed wood from a London park. It cured my UAS. I don't even play my Kamaka that much any more.
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    Are we going to show some appreciation for Rob? ...

    Are we going to show some appreciation for Rob? Here is the apple of my eye which Rob custom built for me
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    I personally wouldn't worry about it. Worst case...

    I personally wouldn't worry about it. Worst case scenario is that you have a wolf-tone wherein the resonance of the sound board is interfering with the resonance of one of the open strings. If...
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    I saw a mirthful thread recently centered around...

    I saw a mirthful thread recently centered around people compiling a list of the "best" concerts for $250. I would say they should buy any $250 concert, they're all going to be the same...if not made...
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    Thanks, Merlin666. It must be the simplicity of...

    Thanks, Merlin666. It must be the simplicity of the bracing that earned the admiration of my luthier, whose purlieu is custom classical guitars. He seemed to be indignant that most ukuleles are...
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    Which style of bracing is typical? I ask because...

    Which style of bracing is typical? I ask because earlier this year I took my ukulele to my luthier because I sprouted a fret (I was being lazy and not humidifying my uke in a typical rel. hum. of...
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    I agree. With my body, to get a Dm I just make...

    I agree. With my body, to get a Dm I just make an F and then smoosh the middle finger down. For those straight-fingered barre chords like a D7 with the root on the C string, I too find it...
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    I, on the other hand, love to practice. And...

    I, on the other hand, love to practice. And nothing is better to practice than the blues. It is the cornerstone of western music and it is simple enough so that you can easily see the music theory....
  19. This is peculiar. Knowing Mike as I do, I...

    This is peculiar. Knowing Mike as I do, I naturally would have assumed his hackles would have been raised by the inappropriate capitalizations rather than by person's non-adherence to a somewhat...
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    I don't think I can explain where I've been the...

    I don't think I can explain where I've been the last two hours. It was a sort of musical trance.

    I started out with a combination of the A Dorian #11 and the D# dim7 arpeggio. I did reach up to...
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    Earlier today I made a statement and perhaps it...

    Earlier today I made a statement and perhaps it sounds arrogant. I said that I find playing a song boring...and I do. But I didn't mean to say that learning a song is so easy and so beneath me. ...
  22. Excellent. A few years ago, I noticed the scale...

    Excellent. A few years ago, I noticed the scale and I used the aiolian mode to play the melody. It was fun 'til it got depressing.
  23. I make my own up. I really like scales and...

    I make my own up. I really like scales and improvising. That's been my goal for the last couple of years, and I can now do it with a modicum of success.
  24. I will add not to follow other people's goals. I...

    I will add not to follow other people's goals. I know that sounds like a vague Chinese fortune cookie, but here's what I mean. Other people's goals can be intoxicating and may motivate you somewhat...
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    Elin, Instead of pressing into the fretboard...

    Elin,
    Instead of pressing into the fretboard with ever-increasing pressure, try pulling down. Make your hand heavy and let it drop the way gravity wants it to, and grasp your fretboard with the...
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