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    My Clara (used) came with high-G Aquila Reds...

    My Clara (used) came with high-G Aquila Reds which sounded and played great. Looked great, too. I switched to low-G Oasis Brights (with a wound G string) because I wanted a low-G concert. It sounds...
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    I won't buy a uke unless I'll play it. What would...

    I won't buy a uke unless I'll play it. What would be the point? There are, indeed, ukes that are so expensive I wouldn't feel good about owning them. Even more than cost, I worry about delicate,...
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    Moms love all of their kids equally well (right? ...

    Moms love all of their kids equally well (right? RIGHT!?) But no law says we have to love all of our instruments the same. It's OK to keep a uke, play it sometimes when the mood strikes, and...
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    If you play melody as well as chords, those extra...

    If you play melody as well as chords, those extra 5 notes can be mighty handy. As ripock says, you get more scales in more keys. Also it's nice to have the option of not playing so high on the...
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    Our local groups have played at outdoor events...

    Our local groups have played at outdoor events for years. It's never ideal but we manage the best we can. When possible we set up in a courtyard, or at least around the corner from where the wind's...
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    Friendly reminder for people who like to...

    Friendly reminder for people who like to calculate odds: Probability is not the same as risk. The formula they teach in risk management class is:

    Risk = Likelihood x Potential Loss

    In other...
  7. Have we overlooked A Thousand Clowns? Jason...

    Have we overlooked A Thousand Clowns? Jason Robards plays ukulele because that's how the playwright/scriptwriter proves the character is a non-conformist. Yes sir, that's my baby.
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    There was a recent thread about Farida ukes. I...

    There was a recent thread about Farida ukes. I hope this is how to post a link to it: https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?133318-Farida

    ETA: Upon second look, the thread was not...
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    Magic Fluke makes a 5-string Firefly with a maple...

    Magic Fluke makes a 5-string Firefly with a maple (not plastic) fretboard, just in case you get the urge to go late-night surfing again.

    Meanwhile, you can get a similar (not identical) sound on...
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    Under the influence of Covid lockdown, peer...

    Under the influence of Covid lockdown, peer pressure and Mim's Kala closeout, I bought a cedar-top 8-string tenor. The G and C courses are octave pairs. This thing is a sound cannon. Cantankerous,...
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    Dolphins/sharks are playable, cute, reasonably...

    Dolphins/sharks are playable, cute, reasonably durable and inexpensive. They come in bright colors, they sound nice and I've met quite a few kids who instantly fell in love with them. No matter how...
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    I recently got a Kala cedar 8-string tenor and it...

    I recently got a Kala cedar 8-string tenor and it is, indeed, bright. As Jim said, that's kinda the point of it. If I wanted to tone it down (and I might someday) I would target the high-octave "c"...
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    Singing is a high-risk activity for spreading the...

    Singing is a high-risk activity for spreading the virus. As difficult as it is for many people to fully grasp, uke clubs are now weapons of mass destruction. I have to admit that I get a bit of a...
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    Sometimes it's cathartic to unmute all the mics...

    Sometimes it's cathartic to unmute all the mics and sing together anyway. Lag times be damned. Friendship is, after all, more important than a polished performance. Ain't nobody paying to listen to...
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    All of the above. Whatever works for you. ...

    All of the above. Whatever works for you.

    When playing solo, I transpose to a key that fits the instrument. That's just common sense -- unless you enjoy the challenge of working around missing...
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    I have to admit I haven't registered for or...

    I have to admit I haven't registered for or attended any online events. One of the few bright spots for me in this pandemic is my empty Google Calendar. I don't sign up for anything that requires...
  17. Thread: Farida?

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    I missed this thread earlier. I played a few of...

    I missed this thread earlier. I played a few of the Farida sopranos at Elderly during Mighty Uke Day last year. I liked the Faridas right well. Light build, resonant, a pleasure to play. Very...
  18. I'm already scheduled for two other Zooms at the...

    I'm already scheduled for two other Zooms at the same time tonight (what is it about Thursdays?) but I greatly appreciate the songbook. Thanks!

    Have you heard Elvis Costello and the Mumfords...
  19. Look through your song collection and pick one...

    Look through your song collection and pick one that you love to play. Not too long, not too many chords, not too many verses. If there's a song you mostly remember the lyrics for when you sing...
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    Yep, I just did :cool::smileybounce: The very...

    Yep, I just did :cool::smileybounce:
    The very idea of an 8-string without a great setup is terrifying. I figured it's now or never... and never is not really an option.
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    I used to be amazed at people who don't even try...

    I used to be amazed at people who don't even try to memorize songs. If I always needed tab, I would give up ukulele. Where's the fun in it? How can you sing a song from the heart if you don't know...
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    Poll: About the least interesting thing to look at on a...

    About the least interesting thing to look at on a uke is the strap button. I'd go for something that matches the strap so the button is as close to invisible as it can get. Wood or dull bronze for...
  23. Thread: "Covers"

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    Good question. I always credit the songwriter. ...

    Good question. I always credit the songwriter. When I see a chord chart that says, for example, "I've Got You Under My Skin by Frank Sinatra" I want to slap somebody. And yet... I've never heard...
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    Oasis Warms for me. At the moment, anyway.

    Oasis Warms for me. At the moment, anyway.
  25. Thanks for the help with Zoom audio settings,...

    Thanks for the help with Zoom audio settings, kohanmike.

    But why use Zoom to record video? Zoom is for live streaming; it is necessarily limited by the speed of your internet connection. You'll...
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