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    Following up on previous comment, I want to share...

    Following up on previous comment, I want to share probably the best $10 I ever invested in musical theory. It is "The Chord Wheel" and it is an enhanced circle of fifths. It is a circle of fifths,...
  2. To be honest, I only buy with my eyes. I'm not...

    To be honest, I only buy with my eyes. I'm not saying that I am purchasing Sharks and Kalas with some unique festooning. That would be lunacy. I am buying quality instruments. Since that's the...
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    It seems like you folks are getting into...

    It seems like you folks are getting into analysis-paralysis. I'm not a music teacher or anything like that, but let me tell you how I treat the triads. You can either reject it, or embrace it, or...
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    If anyone has been reading this musical diary...

    If anyone has been reading this musical diary rather closely (by the way, if that is the case, I find it somewhat creepy), he or she would notice that I abuse modes. I don't actually use modes for...
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    Fretboard markers actually annoy me. I can't see...

    Fretboard markers actually annoy me. I can't see them, so why are they even there? When I bespoke my custom uke, the luthier understood my viewpoint but the guy who made my cigar box guitar seemed...
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    I have always felt that the pentatonic dots were...

    I have always felt that the pentatonic dots were also a homage to the African banjo and music that the slaves brought with them and which became the cornerstone of American music.
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    These types of things are difficult to talk about...

    These types of things are difficult to talk about but easy to see. I would recommend printing out a blank fret board chart and then just plot out, for example, Edim7 and all its inversions. Then...
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    some of the coolest parts of the dim7 are its...

    some of the coolest parts of the dim7 are its transitional aspects.

    For example since each dim7 is actually four chords, you can use it to transition between keys. For example, if you're playing...
  9. Oh I forgot to mention. It is London Plane with...

    Oh I forgot to mention. It is London Plane with a walnut neck and laburnum fretboard and bridge
  10. 130978130979 Those are a few shots of my...

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    Those are a few shots of my favorite uke. I have kept only one other, a long neck Kamaka tenor

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    and even that one trails a very distant second to my Yorkie.

    I like it...
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    if you play open, 3, 5, 7, and 10, you get the...

    if you play open, 3, 5, 7, and 10, you get the pentatonic scale.
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    I was reading about compensated saddles. Man! ...

    I was reading about compensated saddles. Man! Those guys are instances of the princess and the pea. They are sensitive. For them, these nuances, or lack thereof, make it awkward to play. I...
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    I'm not quite following. What's the issue here? ...

    I'm not quite following. What's the issue here? Is it an aesthetic/cosmetic concern? Is the uke not staying in tune? I'm just a bit curious because I have never given my bridges--let alone my...
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    I arrived home early tonight so that I was able...

    I arrived home early tonight so that I was able to play a little bit before my wife went to bed. I found a contrivance in my box of musical miscellany to attach my strap to the bottom of the tenor...
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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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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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