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    I play four-string tenor banjo as a melody...

    I play four-string tenor banjo as a melody instrument, mostly Irish jigs and the like, but really anything that takes my fancy. It's tuned GDAE, an octave down from a fiddle or mandolin.

    I also...
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    The sound difference is definitely down to the...

    The sound difference is definitely down to the "open" resonator on the Gibson. My old "John Grey & Son" had a similar (metal) resonator, until I removed it, simply because it was far too loud for...
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    Let's face it, anyone who's "optimistic" enough...

    Let's face it, anyone who's "optimistic" enough to pay that sort of money for some piece of juju pseudo-science is bound to say that it improved their instrument ... no-one's going to own up to being...
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    As both a ukulele and banjo player I'd suggest...

    As both a ukulele and banjo player I'd suggest removing the 5th string completely, also be prepared to choose some compromise tuning for the long neck, then fit a capo to bring the instrument up to...
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    I suffer from arthritis in my fretting hand. I...

    I suffer from arthritis in my fretting hand. I also play guitar, mandolin, banjo and a variety of ukuleles (+ other stuff) ... my most "comfortable" stringed instrument? ... my Antoria "J200 copy", a...
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    You shouldn't be needing anything like that level...

    You shouldn't be needing anything like that level of force to play your instrument!

    I'd guess the action on your ukulele is way too high if you need to squeeze that hard.

    If you're not using a...
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    Fine list ... made me smile :) Also reminded...

    Fine list ... made me smile :)

    Also reminded me of "Little Sadie" getting shot down ... another two-chord song ;)

    :music:
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    Metronome ... or in this day and age a metronome...

    Metronome ... or in this day and age a metronome "app"!

    The human brain has an inbuilt capability to fool itself (or at least satisfy itself) and all the mnemonic counting and foot tapping won't...
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    As has been said before and will probably be...

    As has been said before and will probably be repeated further down this thread, you don't "learn" the blues, you "have" the blues.

    You need to find a song or tune that reflects your mood or...
  10. Thread: Do you share?

    by kypfer
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    I use just the one tuner for everything, from...

    I use just the one tuner for everything, from zither via ukuleles, psaltery and mandolins to guitars, dulcimers and banjos. I nearly bought an auto-harp yesterday, but managed to resist!

    Each...
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    Just to reiterate what others have said, a...

    Just to reiterate what others have said, a banjolele can be a fine instrument in the right hands for certain genres of music ... and I love my 1930's "John Grey & Son", but it gets nothing like the...
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    Yes ... more or less ... it works for me. I've...

    Yes ... more or less ... it works for me.

    I've got a few favourite "simple" tunes, mostly old folk songs or dance tunes, that I often use just for a noodle, twiddle or warm-up and if I'm...
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    Choose a few tunes you know reasonably well, have...

    Choose a few tunes you know reasonably well, have them written out in notation in "easy" keys, C, D, F or G, for example, then learn your way around the fretboard using a "map" reading this notation....
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    Exactly me :) Never having been a "follower of...

    Exactly me :)

    Never having been a "follower of fashion", one of the first things I did when I acquired my first ukulele was to fit a strap button and strap. Simply can't manage comfortably without...
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    My baritone tunes GDAE just fine one octave down...

    My baritone tunes GDAE just fine one octave down from a mandolin/fiddle. The DAE strings are the original D, G and E strings from the "normal" set of baritone strings (DGBE), so no tension issues...
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    I use a similar home-made arrangement hanging...

    I use a similar home-made arrangement hanging from a cup-hook screwed into the wall. For the weight of a ukulele it's more than adequate and costs just a few pence per instrument ... having said...
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    My concert is tuned "low-G" so it gets used as...

    My concert is tuned "low-G" so it gets used as when I play an arrangement that requires it. My tenor is tuned "hi-G" so gets more use, but I must admit to not really noticing the difference unless I...
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    I've had the same set of Aquila "5th's" since...

    I've had the same set of Aquila "5th's" since whenever (several years now). They've been moved between two or three different instruments and played sufficiently for the wound G to now show signs of...
  19. My Brunswick 20" baritone is strung .043w, 036w,...

    My Brunswick 20" baritone is strung .043w, 036w, .035 and .026 for GDAE tuning an octave below normal mandolin tuning. As I remember the three treble strings were from the original set that came...
  20. Thread: Violin-Uke

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    A bit of on-line searching comes up with this...

    A bit of on-line searching comes up with this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukelin dating it to the '20's ... part bowed psaltery, part strummed zither (like an autoharp but without the chord bars)
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  21. Thread: Violin-Uke

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    Violin-Uke

    A friend of mine sent me these snaps of an instrument he was shown in a museum near Groningen, Netherlands yesterday.

    Looks more like a zither or psaltery to me, apparently it's played with a bow,...
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    As well as recommending a strap, as above, are...

    As well as recommending a strap, as above, are you "sitting up properly"?

    "Laid back and relaxed" may look "cool" but it very often isn't, in the long term ;)

    YMMV :music:
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    IMHO the greatest advantage of a solid top is to...

    IMHO the greatest advantage of a solid top is to the manufacturer, who can charge significantly more than for a laminate top, for a very similar labour input, and have the punters queueing up to hand...
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    For the purposes of doing this one relatively...

    For the purposes of doing this one relatively light-duty job, how about making a basic crows-foot spanner? Take a length of steel of appropriate gauge and dimensions, cut an open recess in the end to...
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    Dealing with the cable ... what's the opportunity...

    Dealing with the cable ... what's the opportunity of disconnecting the cable from the electronics, threading the cable through an appropriate spanner/wrench for tightening the nut (I'm thinking box...
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