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    There is/was a series of books from...

    There is/was a series of books from "International Music Publications" called "70 Years of Popular Music", with each ten years from the '20's to the '80's in a separate book. The layout is the usual...
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    Or you could re-string your guitar with nylon...

    Or you could re-string your guitar with nylon strings ;)
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    Or you could re-string your guitar with nylon...

    Or you could re-string your guitar with nylon strings ;)
  4. I use ABC notation to transcribe and re-print...

    I use ABC notation to transcribe and re-print sheet music that is inconvenient to play, either because of the way it is laid out or if it is an awkward key. The very act of having to read the...
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    For myself, I think in "instrument keys" rather...

    For myself, I think in "instrument keys" rather than just C, F, G etc., so I'll play in "Banjo G" on my 5-string banjo but "Mandolin G" on my 4-string banjo (or mandolin).

    So I've also got "Guitar...
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    I've bought several collections of arrangements...

    I've bought several collections of arrangements for high-G fingerstyle so that defines that reason ... I sometimes wonder why I bother with low-G arrangements on a ukulele when I can do the same on a...
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    The problem with 64-bit code is all those long...

    The problem with 64-bit code is all those long words ;) ...---... (programmers' joke) ;)

    :music:
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    Being an "ex-coder", albeit mostly amateur, I...

    Being an "ex-coder", albeit mostly amateur, I found the use of ABC to be significantly helpful on my learning curve. Being able to take a sheet of staff notation, in ANY key and convert it into a...
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    I think that sums it up ... get your basic...

    I think that sums it up ... get your basic technique sorted, then decide if adjusting the instrument will improve things further. You may well find that by holding the instrument "correctly" - (do...
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    I'd been strumming/chording for over 40 years...

    I'd been strumming/chording for over 40 years before I finally decided to learn to read music ... it gets easier :)

    I'd suggest, from my experience, not to try to learn too many things all at...
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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...
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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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