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    Today I was feeling like merely revisiting some...

    Today I was feeling like merely revisiting some old stuff. So I just played around with some progressions, festooned with a few different right-hand things like some faux flamenco and some sound...
  2. I didn't know there was any other way. I always...

    I didn't know there was any other way. I always buy for looks. What else is there? A ukulele is a ukulele. They all play the same notes. Even when I went to Elderly Instruments, I hardly touched...
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    I just heard from my luthier and he said my...

    I just heard from my luthier and he said my ukulele is done except for the strap buttons. I told him I was going on vacation and not to deliver it until October. It is noteworthy that he neither...
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    Education is all about learning and then...

    Education is all about learning and then unlearning. You have learn things in vacuo with some little device or another meant to aid in memorization or utilization. Then, once you’ve mastered that...
  5. I always use a strap. It lends itself to...

    I always use a strap. It lends itself to consistency, to better hand ergonomics, to more resonance because of less muffling. Also, I only have two hands. If I'm lighting a cigar with my hands,...
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    I know that apologies are neither required or...

    I know that apologies are neither required or desired, but I am sorry to say that recently many thing have come between me and my ukulele. That seems to remind me of some lines of Yeats where he...
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    I second the recommendation for Guadalupe...

    I second the recommendation for Guadalupe strings, and for a non-intuitive reason: I hated them. I like loose strings that will bend and the Guadalupes were tight, resonant, and loud. That sounds...
  8. It looks a bit ghetto, but I used a washer and...

    It looks a bit ghetto, but I used a washer and one of those headphone adapters: I would place the strap over the jack and then insert the adapter and washer to secure the strap. Of course, it would...
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    It is going to be an all-night party! I promised...

    It is going to be an all-night party! I promised the wife that I would wax the floors in the library and the dining room, as well as mop the kitchen.

    To renew my flesh I made some huevos...
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    I wonder why you're even trying to contact Kala...

    I wonder why you're even trying to contact Kala in the first place. If I bought a book and the binding was bad, I wouldn't contact the author; I would contact the store where I bought the book. ...
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    I've been doing some thinking about one of my...

    I've been doing some thinking about one of my tragic flaws, the paralysis by analysis. I think about something and know how to do it, but I never actually do it. I assume that since I understand...
  12. Mine isn't so much a song, but a means for songs....

    Mine isn't so much a song, but a means for songs. It is my pentatonic shapes. That was then and now the thing that I work on is the key of E, all its modes and all its possibilities.
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    Sounds good. My straps are 100% leather, so...

    Sounds good. My straps are 100% leather, so there's no scratching. And i should mention that I don't leave the straps on. They wouldn't fit in the case with a strap attached. I have a instrument...
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    I've been doing it for years. What's the worst...

    I've been doing it for years. What's the worst case scenario? That you get some abrasions on the heel of the instrument?
  15. Thread: UP with thumbs?

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    looks like he's just keeping the thumb in a...

    looks like he's just keeping the thumb in a neutral position and playing the ups and downs with it. When doing this sort of thing I tend to use the index on the ups or, more frequently, I use the...
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    If you need a systematic approach, Terry's seems...

    If you need a systematic approach, Terry's seems to fit that bill. I agree with you; it is important to learn to read music. Otherwise you will be stuck with the vampy/campy uke music that makes...
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    this thread is kind of daunting for me. ...

    this thread is kind of daunting for me. Everything's so fast. I'm not a teen-girl so I don't carry a smart phone, so it seems easy to go to work for about eleven hours and then get home and sleep...
  18. Thread: Why the Change?

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    I moved from a lifetime of woodwinds to a...

    I moved from a lifetime of woodwinds to a stringed instrument because of chords. I had always been a solo note player and I wanted to explore instruments that played chords. I chose the ukulele...
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    If I understand you correctly, while a D9=D F# A...

    If I understand you correctly, while a D9=D F# A C E, the D9b=D F# A C D#

    Since D9 is a five-note chord, it is common to play it on the ukulele by omitting either the first of the fifth degree. ...
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    The question is why would you want to be near us,...

    The question is why would you want to be near us, as you say. I used to work with this bloke who had been a musician since he had been a teenager. He didn't know any of this stuff. He knew what he...
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    I can't lie--things are pretty sweet right now. ...

    I can't lie--things are pretty sweet right now. I'm working too much, drinking too many beers, reading too much, and not sleeping enough. All in all, not bad problems to have.

    I still haven't...
  22. Thread: New Tuning

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    Yeah, now that you explain it, I have a cFAD...

    Yeah, now that you explain it, I have a cFAD tuning. I hadn't really thought about it, so I couldn't really describe it. I'm sorry it cannot be of use to Pondoro.
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    I'm not quite up to speed with all these 4's and...

    I'm not quite up to speed with all these 4's and 5's and 6's, and what that means, but let me tell you what I've been doing. Maybe it will be helpful to you. On my long-neck tenor, I put Concert...
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    I'm a bit late to this thread, but I would like...

    I'm a bit late to this thread, but I would like to share the book I bought when I bought my first ukulele and the only book I had for quite some time. It was Chad Johnson's Ukulele Scale Finder. I...
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    I am getting a long neck (19 frets) tenor with a...

    I am getting a long neck (19 frets) tenor with a cutaway from Rob Collins (Tinguitar). It is going to be my linear tuned ukulele. It is going to be 100% English: Plane tree harvested from a London...
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