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    Looks like it's been 11 months since my last...

    Looks like it's been 11 months since my last Seasons recording. Been busy, I guess.

    Anyway, here's a simple, straight-ahead version of a song of rebirth and renewal.

    Take to the hills/
    right...
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    Stella tenor guitar repairs and demo

    So, I got this broken tenor guitar and made it playable again. If you're interested in hearing about that, here ya go!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otm8z_3RnII
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    And here's the other; same band, same album, same...

    And here's the other; same band, same album, same '90s.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZA41GTGUS8
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    I'm SUPER bummed that there's totally no chance...

    I'm SUPER bummed that there's totally no chance I'll be able to record anything this week. I have a couple of '90s songs on my 'to do' list, and I wish I had time to work them up for this! Also, I...
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    Two covers in one take—and my second take, at...

    Two covers in one take—and my second take, at that! The one is on my lowest-tuned instrument—an octave ukulele with low (low) G—the other on my highest-tuned—a cavaquinho in high Bb (1st string...
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    Yay! It seems like forever since I've...

    Yay! It seems like forever since I've participated in the Seasons, but I managed to make time for it this week.

    This one features an A/E Bari that I tuned as a linear octave ukulele—so, a low-G...
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    Oh goodness. My kids would be very, very happy if...

    Oh goodness. My kids would be very, very happy if I were able to learn the two songs from Song of the Sea, a movie which I recommend to everyone. (Streaming free on Amazon Prime, FWIW). I'll see if I...
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    OMG I don't even, but that intro video was...

    OMG I don't even, but that intro video was fabulous. I love it!
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r57CTgsqDo ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r57CTgsqDo

    This is a baritone ukulele strung in Eddie Freeman reentrant fifth tuning strings—so the chords are mandolin/tenor guitar shapes. I like the tonal...
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    Here's a fun little ditty for you: ...

    Here's a fun little ditty for you:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh1C9ZnChzQ
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    I record this song with my daughter every year....

    I record this song with my daughter every year. This theme arrived just in time for this year's recording!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt6KSyB57Xo
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    I've got a tiple Columbiano I've played for the...

    I've got a tiple Columbiano I've played for the Seasons before. I mean, it's like a uke, just larger . . . and with 12 metal strings . . .


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riJENkZQiUk

    I've...
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    I mentioned to frisbee fred that I was planning a...

    I mentioned to frisbee fred that I was planning a happy song this week, with no death or sorrow or anything. He was pretty surprised. But then I told him it was a Death Cab song, and I think that...
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    Very cool! Thanks especially for the pictures!

    Very cool! Thanks especially for the pictures!
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    Cool! That sounds fun. Oh—I'm looking at...

    Cool! That sounds fun.



    Oh—I'm looking at six-string arrangements specifically to avoid adding tension (or tuners!). I figure this should work with just cutting a new nut and grooves in the...
  16. Here's another Magnetic Fields song with the...

    Here's another Magnetic Fields song with the other instrument in a new, mandolin-family tuning.

    These are Southcoast 5th tuning strings on a tenor uke, providing a high re-entrant mandola tuning...
  17. I've been playing around with a couple new...

    I've been playing around with a couple new tunings, so, these days, when I pick up and instrument and mess around on it for a few minutes, it's been directed toward learning new mandolin-family chord...
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    Thanks for sharing your experience!

    Thanks for sharing your experience!
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    FWIW, I use Southcoast 8U-SW strings—they put my...

    FWIW, I use Southcoast 8U-SW strings—they put my 8-string Baritone in the key of Bb. They've been great for me and for this instrument. I don't have any trouble barring or fretting. Again, YMMV!
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    Pono PBE

    So, there's a Pono PBE for sale locally. Can't find much online on the "PBE"—looks like an older build. Baritone, pickup, high gloss finish. Mahogany (all solid, I assume), but not light-colored like...
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    Converting 6-string guitar

    Not a building question, but just converting—I figured this was the closest board on the forum, though . . .

    Anyone have experience/advice/angry ramblings about the idea of putting custom strings...
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    Amen, redpaul1, well put! The other really...

    Amen, redpaul1, well put!

    The other really useful thing about the numerical notation is that it tells you about the functions of those chords as well, which helps with playing expressively,...
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    That's the way I learned as well—I learned voice...

    That's the way I learned as well—I learned voice and composition starting about 20 years before I picked up an instrument. With the uke, though, I find it easier to remember C-F-G-Am-Em-Dm and...
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    Me too. Gets confusing sometimes, but I'm getting...

    Me too. Gets confusing sometimes, but I'm getting better at it.

    I play with a couple friends once a month—one plays bouzouki and concertina; the other guitar and autoharp. Um, but not at the same...
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    Songwriter John Darnielle used to be a...

    Songwriter John Darnielle used to be a psychiatric nurse. He's said of this song: "The narrator of that song is involuntarily hospitalized. He's not quite sure how he got there."

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    Like a...
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