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    The thing I've been trying to find out for years is: what song(s) did Neil Armstrong play in quarantine? Or was he just noodling?

    And the...
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    I don't have a car uke but I need one because my...

    I don't have a car uke but I need one because my friends and I are too disorganized to plan in advance. I go to a party and Pete shows up with a uke and asks if I brought one, but I didn't. Bill...
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    What you know about selecting a good guitar is...

    What you know about selecting a good guitar is relevant to ukes. Intonation. Fit & finish. Is it comfortable to play and do you like the sound? Here on UU we love the infinite quest to find The...
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    Magic Fluke makes a 5-string Firefly. 19" scale....

    Magic Fluke makes a 5-string Firefly. 19" scale. I haven't played or heard one. I'm guessing with the open back and nylon strings it probably sounds more like an old-time minstrel banjo and not a...
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    Yes! That is exactly my point. "Sixteen Tons" is...

    Yes! That is exactly my point. "Sixteen Tons" is not supposed to have high notes. The melody was written to emphasize low notes, and the original recording does the same. Arranging it at the...
  6. I am sorry, Papa Tom. I did not express that...

    I am sorry, Papa Tom. I did not express that thought well and I apologize. I should have been more careful to make it clear that I was not directing that comment at you. It was NOT my intent to...
  7. This thread has wandered a bit (as threads often...

    This thread has wandered a bit (as threads often do) so I went back and re-read the original post. If someone asked me to "show her a few things before the next rehearsal" then my clever response...
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    True that :-)

    True that :-)
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    What John and ProfChris and Rillink said! Lots of...

    What John and ProfChris and Rillink said! Lots of good points on this thread. Selecting the right key is not always easy but it's important. With experience you'll get a better idea of what keys...
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    If fluorocarbons are too bright you could try...

    If fluorocarbons are too bright you could try nylgut. My (used) Clara came with Aquila Reds high-G which worked very well.

    Another option is take whatever strings you've got on it now and tune...
  11. Poll: On my PC speakers (which are the limiting factor...

    On my PC speakers (which are the limiting factor here) I'm getting more sustain and warmer tone on the koa. Brighter initial attack but a quick falloff on the spruce. And a comparatively muffled...
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    My Fluke has been my daily player for almost 20...

    My Fluke has been my daily player for almost 20 years now. It has survived nylon, nylgut and fluorocarbon strings -- never wound -- and the plastic frets show no sign of wear.

    The area between...
  13. I've been toying with a songbook that will be...

    I've been toying with a songbook that will be titled "The Ukulele Player's Burden." :D

    Tiptoe
    5'2
    SOTR/Wonderful World
    Ukulele Lady
    Aloha Oe
    I'm Yours
    Happy Birthday to You
    ... and more...
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    OK by me, though I could argue that you are not...

    OK by me, though I could argue that you are not actually learning standard tuning. You are learning to play DGBE and pretending that's what you've got when you're holding a tenor. It works fine...
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    The point of a baritone is this: some people WANT...

    The point of a baritone is this: some people WANT to play it.

    There. Does that answer your question? Did you seriously need us to tell you that? Isn't that the point of any instrument?

    Now...
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    First things first: If you want to learn ukulele...

    First things first: If you want to learn ukulele pick one tuning and stick with it for a while. I don't know anyone who attempted to learn standard and bari at the same time.

    Some beginners...
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    Please don't order a uke from Amazon unless you...

    Please don't order a uke from Amazon unless you (or somebody you know) can do a proper setup. The cheaper the uke, the more important it is to buy from a vendor who checks each and every uke, sends...
  18. As uke players we notice subtle differences in...

    As uke players we notice subtle differences in tone and volume. But I think to ordinary people listening from 10 feet away, there really isn't much difference. Other ukes might be slightly louder,...
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    Kala makes good, playable ukes at good prices and...

    Kala makes good, playable ukes at good prices and offers a wide selection of models. All of which is terrific. I remember when the uke market was small and you could only dream of shopping the...
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    Cosmo thinks a cardboard box is great. A box...

    Cosmo thinks a cardboard box is great. A box lined with soft material is better. A box lined with soft material that is normally kept closed so he can't get into it is even more better! He has...
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    What kind of music do you want to play? Music is...

    What kind of music do you want to play? Music is in the ear of the beholder of course, but I think generally a banjo uke is a good fit for 1920s-30s jazz and Tin Pan Alley songs. Also music hall...
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    So many factors. Temperature and humidity. The...

    So many factors. Temperature and humidity. The acoustics of where you're playing (sit on a different chair three feet away and it could sound entirely different). How's your posture and how close...
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    Don't buy another uke just to have another uke. ...

    Don't buy another uke just to have another uke. That way lies madness! Heeheehee

    Play your current uke while paying close attention to the sound and how comfortable it feels. What do you like...
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    True dat. Godspeed, Dave.

    True dat. Godspeed, Dave.
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    For 10 years I had one uke. A no-name bought...

    For 10 years I had one uke. A no-name bought from an antique store in the 1980s. I only played it occasionally; mountain dulcimer was my main axe... and that's stretching the truth because really I...
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