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    I don't see why not. Thirty years ago I decided...

    I don't see why not. Thirty years ago I decided to learn the flute, so I went to a music store and got a several thousand dollar instrument for $23.89 a month. What's that nowadays? The price of a...
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    If I spend $2000 I am going to stick with it no...

    If I spend $2000 I am going to stick with it no matter what...even if it clog-dancing to Miley Cyrus.
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    I am not feeling very well. As I pack up some...

    I am not feeling very well. As I pack up some stuff for my move, I am listening to Wagner's Lohengrin and feel like a schmuck. I imagine Verdi felt the same way after hearing Wagner. Anyway, I am...
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    I am in the extreme minority here, but my feeling...

    I am in the extreme minority here, but my feeling is screw beginning ukuleles. They are a waste of money. I started with a $200 one, moved onto a $400 one, now I am happy with my $2000 Kamaka. If...
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    Okay, as I said in my last entry, I had bitten...

    Okay, as I said in my last entry, I had bitten off more than I could chew. That was great because it immediately exposed my weakness with not knowing my fret board as well as I should. It was...
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    My plan seems to be a little more difficult than...

    My plan seems to be a little more difficult than I had anticipated.

    I had planned to learn my fret board by going around the circle of fifths counter-clockwise (which, I know, is actually the...
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    This is one of my favorite fibs. It makes me...

    This is one of my favorite fibs. It makes me giggle when I think Jimi Hendrix believes we are gullible enough to buy that. We're supposed to imagine him as a kid noodling around and all by himself...
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    The 13 I play is 3 b7 9 13. I think that would...

    The 13 I play is 3 b7 9 13. I think that would be E Bb D A. The 13 has some relatively easy patterns and it sounds a little bit more mellow to my ear than a 9 chord.
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    I am preparing for a move, so I have been a bit...

    I am preparing for a move, so I have been a bit pre-occupied but I have been trying to systematically pursue my current interest in making chords all over the fret board.

    I was wondering how high...
  10. I used to have it, but I realized I'm a player...

    I used to have it, but I realized I'm a player and not a collector. I am also very attached to my instrument. I don't like to play strange instruments. So I sold everything and now I just have two...
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    After a lifetime in education, my advice is to...

    After a lifetime in education, my advice is to keep following instructions. Just keep following instructions 'til the time comes when you just naturally break free. You have to learn the patterns...
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    Thanks for the input, everyone. I do appreciate...

    Thanks for the input, everyone. I do appreciate the info. My ukulele journey is taking me up the fret board for practical and theoretical reasons.

    Practical: Some of the things I do require a...
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    where do you live

    You thought this was going to be one of those invasive personal polls, but it isn't.
    My question is where are your fingersí natural abode? I ask because Iíve been going through some changes...
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    Hmmm. This thread started me a-thinking about my...

    Hmmm. This thread started me a-thinking about my ukes. I don't see any abrasions on the soundboard. I am a finger picker mostly, but I do like to thump my soundboard on the downstrokes as a...
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    As I promised myself, I am going to be annotating...

    As I promised myself, I am going to be annotating a few of my favorite blues progressions. I originally found these in the Glen Rose workbooks I purchased a few years ago. The first one is unique...
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    I was playing around with linking up a ii V I...

    I was playing around with linking up a ii V I progression with some pentatonic shapes. It went well. For the chord progression I used

    F#m7b5 G7b9 Em7

    For the Em7 I used the straight barre...
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    Just as a change of pace I spent some time with...

    Just as a change of pace I spent some time with my fuzz pedal and a flanger, and created some riffs with the subdominant shape of the pentatonic. My fuzz pedal has a built-in octave capability, so I...
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    I ran across an interesting ukulele reference. I...

    I ran across an interesting ukulele reference. I was reading a Philip K. Dick novel in which people are stuck in alternate realities. It is too complicated to explicate, just take it for granted...
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    I come back to this thread after three pages and...

    I come back to this thread after three pages and I find I disagree to some extent. The beginner needs to learn the music and the riffs first of all, and approach the mythology later. I'm not saying...
  20. I once bought ($40-50, if memory serves) what was...

    I once bought ($40-50, if memory serves) what was called a hard case...but it was basically a gig bag with some wood in the frame that made it hard. It probably would have protected the ukulele but...
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    Finally...the weekend is here. Before I go to...

    Finally...the weekend is here. Before I go to the porch to study a few things, I thought I would annotate my appreciation of the ukulele world's breadth. There's a current thread on the forum...
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    I've been working on some "jazz" stuff. I put...

    I've been working on some "jazz" stuff. I put jazz in quotes because it isn't quite what people think when they think jazz. I use a lot of jazz chords and ideas, but I do my own thing with them. ...
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    that minor 7 shape is one of my favorites since I...

    that minor 7 shape is one of my favorites since I made it easier for me. I have the same fingering issues as you, Here's my workaround: instead of 2433, play X433. I play it by barring with my...
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    When I was buying my tenor guitar, my only...

    When I was buying my tenor guitar, my only criterion was whether or not the fret markers were in the correct, historical positions. Some, but not all, of the Blueridge guitars met that criterion. I...
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    Speaking of the last remark you made, have you...

    Speaking of the last remark you made, have you ever pondered what a horrible deal-maker the devil is. I was thinking about this earnestly the other day. So his deal is to give you something really...
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