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    I focused today on playing around the 11th fret...

    I focused today on playing around the 11th fret which is my favorite. There's a lot to do there. There is the B Phrygian Dominant as well as the dominant shape of the E minor pentatonic. If you...
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    I was going to mention that, but I didn't want to...

    I was going to mention that, but I didn't want to offend any of my ukulele friends (I think I have two) because I know a lot of people use their machines.
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    I made some headway on my interests. I am...

    I made some headway on my interests.

    I am beginning to see why Pindaros was never taught although he is acknowledged to be the cornerstone of ancient poetry. He would be a hard sell nowadays. He...
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    playing ponticello is a legitimate alternative as...

    playing ponticello is a legitimate alternative as long as it is done with a purpose.
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    Being a card-carrying strapper, I am of course...

    Being a card-carrying strapper, I am of course severely biased. However I have noticed that some unfortunate strapless people use their pinky. They hook the pinky over the side of the sound board...
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    I have been working on the Lydian #2 in the open...

    I have been working on the Lydian #2 in the open position to complement the Dorian #11 (I am, of course, talking about the re-entrant tuning). I am fairly comfortable with the Dorian #11 and the...
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    I say screw the aesthetic arguments. What about...

    I say screw the aesthetic arguments. What about function? If a button placed anywhere but the centerline would afford a better hang or a better angle, I would be all for it. Of course, that would...
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    I take care of this issue up front. Unlike other...

    I take care of this issue up front. Unlike other people who do all this weird fondling when they meet a ukulele, testing its balance, its feel, its neck profile, whether the uke is compatible, etc.,...
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    I suppose the ukulele world has been wondering...

    I suppose the ukulele world has been wondering where I have been (as if!). I ripped the nail on my right ring finger. I didn't know it until recently but that's my main strumming finger. I strum...
  10. I forgot the obvious answer. Your metronome. ...

    I forgot the obvious answer. Your metronome. Every musician should have one. Since it is already there, use it. My metronome has two sounds a bell and a beat. I like the cadence of "bong, bong,...
  11. Great. Now you can enjoy the freedom. I was...

    Great. Now you can enjoy the freedom. I was playing around with some melodies constructed from Harmonic Minor modes while I was stir frying some vegetables, rice, and sausage. Straps are great.
  12. For percussion I use the ukulele itself. For...

    For percussion I use the ukulele itself. For convenience's sake I limit myself to two sounds although there are many others. I use these two sounds because I don't have to move my picking hand to...
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    No. You're just being pessimistic. Here in the...

    No. You're just being pessimistic. Here in the U.S. we blew it. There's a second wave of virus. This too shall pass...eventually. And then we'll all resume where we left off. In the meantime...
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    I realized that I wasn't very helpful above. You...

    I realized that I wasn't very helpful above. You wanted some examples of what we did in your position. Here's what I did.

    1. I started with 12 bar blues progression. I learned to play it in...
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    The problem, as I see it, is that there is no...

    The problem, as I see it, is that there is no problem. As you say, you're a copycat and copycats don't need theory. You're trying to synthesize a need for theory when none exists in your heart. My...
  16. Is there any particular reason to make it...

    Is there any particular reason to make it complicated? I bought an instrument with the strings tuned to fifths and I just adjusted them to ukulele tunings. There was no need for special string sets...
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    Maybe it is the beer talking (over the past seven...

    Maybe it is the beer talking (over the past seven hours or so, I've had seven--which isn't a lot over time), but I just bought a Dunlop cry baby wah wah pedal. It is the last thing I need in my...
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    Hey Strum, The tenor strings will be of a higher...

    Hey Strum,
    The tenor strings will be of a higher tension. I play tenors exclusively and always use concert strings to get a lower tension. Without having any data, I would guess that you busted...
  19. I don't really know what is meant by 'bad boy'; ...

    I don't really know what is meant by 'bad boy'; to me a bad boy is someone who dresses like a biker or a hoodlum to appeal to ladies but is in fact a post-millennial house cat. I don't know how...
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    This is interesting in terms of epistemology. ...

    This is interesting in terms of epistemology. You guys outsource the info and rely on computers. I consulted some books, like Brad's great book, and boiled down the concepts and inserted it in my...
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    I did some work on my open D minor tuning. It...

    I did some work on my open D minor tuning. It confirmed a pet theory of mine: that the ukulele like other stringed instruments is designed to play in the aiolian mode and that the ionian is just a...
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    Following up on the last entry, here's what I've...

    Following up on the last entry, here's what I've been doing regarding runs.

    #1. The Dim7. The harmonic minor fretboard is dominated by a dim7 chord. In the harmonic minor harmonization the II...
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    There's a conversation going on about what kind...

    There's a conversation going on about what kind of music does one play. I am a roots musician but I can't really join in that thread because what motivates me is to get as far away from that...
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    The latest entry on Samantha Muir's blog is also...

    The latest entry on Samantha Muir's blog is also devoted to alternate tunings. I only keep one instrument perpetually in an alternate tuning. My cigar box is always in open D. But now I'm...
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    I put whatever I want on whatever I want, and...

    I put whatever I want on whatever I want, and I've never had a problem. However I never use wound strings and I never use nylon. Maybe that makes a difference on what I do.
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