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    I've gone down both routes and I think it all...

    I've gone down both routes and I think it all depends on what you want. For example, I want more technical/theoretical instruction. In my experience the guitar instructors were better able to do...
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    I was exposed to some new terms today by Stu...

    I was exposed to some new terms today by Stu Fuchs. Evidently they are classical string musical terms. They are ponticello, dulce, and sul tasto. I know most ukulele players use sul tasto; I tend...
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    Just to offer a different viewpoint, I'll tell...

    Just to offer a different viewpoint, I'll tell you what I did. My priorities were completely at variance with the advice you received above. My first and only priority was aesthetics. Luthiers are...
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    First, I have to chastise myself a tad for being...

    First, I have to chastise myself a tad for being unmindful. One of my highest priorities is to stop being lame by not even knowing the notes I am playing. E.g., how am I supposed to improvise a...
  5. I don't understand the mid-range philosophy. You...

    I don't understand the mid-range philosophy. You buy a middling baritone, and later you sell it at its depreciated price to finance getting a top shelf ukulele. I say cut out the middle man and go...
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    I like the idea of the D tuning because that...

    I like the idea of the D tuning because that means when I'm playing my ukulele I am downtuning and keeping philosophical company with Black Sabbath and Nirvana.
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    I had to go to a family function and I brought my...

    I had to go to a family function and I brought my Kamaka because we need some quality time together. I am still getting used to it. The biggest difference between the Kamaka and my others is that...
  8. I am not exactly unhandy, but I would feel...

    I am not exactly unhandy, but I would feel hesitant to undertake the filing myself. I would opt for a much more low-tech solution: switch to fluourocarbon (or however it is spelt) unwound strings. ...
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    I briefly played around with some m7b5 and...

    I briefly played around with some m7b5 and augmented chords.

    I noticed something about the m7b5 versus the °7: They sound very similar but the ř seems to lilt upward. I don't know if it is a...
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    There has been some conversation about the...

    There has been some conversation about the diminished and half-diminished chord lately, and I thought I would remind myself how I feel about them.

    First, I never play a true diminished chord; I,...
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    For reverb I just use the built-in function in my...

    For reverb I just use the built-in function in my amp, a Blackstar. For distortion I use the amp's overdrive augmented by ZVEX Fat Fuzz Factory
  12. For the record, I'm with Booli here, with some...

    For the record, I'm with Booli here, with some variation. For finger picking I use PPIM and for strumming I have a relaxed hand which primarily strikes the strings with my ring finger for down...
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    There is no right or wrong way to strum...as long...

    There is no right or wrong way to strum...as long as you're using some part of your hand. But there are some liabilities of using the thumb which off-set the richness which you hear. When you use...
  14. for my baritone I always use South Coast strings...

    for my baritone I always use South Coast strings (light medium linear). I seem to prefer them to Worth or Living Water--in the baritone. With my Low G tenor, nothing but Worth has ever been around...
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    My studies in E have been progressing although my...

    My studies in E have been progressing although my annotations haven't. I have recently been infatuated with progressions in the Phrygian and Aiolian modes. More recently the Aiolian mode has...
  16. I am actually a low G aficionado and I have never...

    I am actually a low G aficionado and I have never experienced the concerns you list. Perhaps that is due to my playing choices: always tenor ukuleles and always brown Worth strings. Or maybe I've...
  17. I'm going to be talking out of both sides of my...

    I'm going to be talking out of both sides of my mouth. I am guilty of the tone wood thing: I have a spruce top kamaka for high G and a custom Tin Guitar plane wood (similar to mahogany in density)...
  18. I practice standing up & with a strap. So...

    I practice standing up & with a strap. So wherever my feet are, my ukulele is a yard above them: in my library with my music stand and sheet music, down the hall and into the kitchen, out onto the...
  19. Thread: F chord problem

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    I could write a treatise on all the stupid little...

    I could write a treatise on all the stupid little stop-gap tricks in which I engaged while trying to learn E maj or Bb maj. Ultimately I abandoned them and they were nothing more than wasted time. ...
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    thanks for the encouragement! I've been a bit...

    thanks for the encouragement! I've been a bit crestfallen lately. As I have been making progress in some categories, I've failed in others. I have a horrible propensity to tilt my instrument up so...
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    well, I'm back from the pub and I see that the...

    well, I'm back from the pub and I see that the Hawaiian D7 thread is still staggering forward. I'll just say I wish if they're going to play a F#dim, then they call it a F#dim instead of a D7 (or a...
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    My study of E is advancing. I have been playing...

    My study of E is advancing. I have been playing around with progressions in the modes that are rooted in E minor. It all sounds so buttery. The Phyrgian mode is really easy since the four sharps...
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    I have been focusing on the key of E. Its...

    I have been focusing on the key of E. Its central chords are amazingly easy, however more nuanced stuff like a major third or sixth is a challenge. I've been rolling down the modes in E starting at...
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    here's something I wrote in my diet log: Okay,...

    here's something I wrote in my diet log:

    Okay,

    I’ve been re-habbing a shoulder that seemingly froze up and it lost its range of motion. It tolerable now, so there’s my dealio. I lift...
  25. Thread: Big Boy Factor

    by ripock
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    My goodness! This thread is quite popular. I...

    My goodness! This thread is quite popular. I suppose the Big Boy factor influenced me. When I decided to play ukulele, it was a solely intellectual conception. I didn't go play any or anything...
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