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  1. RE: the Eastside groups (East of Seattle, across...

    RE: the Eastside groups (East of Seattle, across Lake Washington), please email me
    at ( rohiguchi@seattleschools.org ) and I will endeavor to get you into contact with
    some of those groups :)
    ...
  2. I'm finding that the low G tends to sound...

    I'm finding that the low G tends to sound 'mellower' so its very nice for slower, romantic
    songs. While the reentant, with a brighter sound is very good for lively numbers and
    Hawaiian songs in...
  3. I'm moving from reentrant to low G... kinda

    I've been playing reentrant tuned ukes exclusively for the past few decades! But now I have recently purchased a low G concert from a local
    luthier, Kerry Bannister, because he introduced it to me...
  4. Welcome, Arcy! when you've completed your uke,...

    Welcome, Arcy!

    when you've completed your uke, please come and join us (STRUM - Seattles Totally Relaxed Ukulele Musicians)
    every Wed, 6-8p, at the Kona Kitchen Restaurant, 85th and 5th NE about...
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    there's another configuration as a rod that is...

    there's another configuration as a rod that is inserted under the strings in front of the saddle
    where the tension of the strings on the saddle hold down the 'rod'.

    I got one from a vendor at the...
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    I just received the following email from a...

    I just received the following email from a luthier friend: enjoy the read :)

    [[Good score on the double tennis racquet case!..I haven't seen any in a while (but have 10-12 for storing instruments...
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    OK, from the sublime to the ridiculous: I just...

    OK, from the sublime to the ridiculous:

    I just got a double tennis racket bag (half off, so $5) from the Salvation Army Family Store, to transport
    my reentrant Soprano and my low-G Concert :)
    ...
  8. the one I've ordered is all Willow laminate. ...

    the one I've ordered is all Willow laminate. Very striking appearance as the grain is very pronounced!
    I also like the look of the Ginko grain and the color of the Padauk and Colobolo.

    Anyway,...
  9. When I can do it, I prefer to play the ukulele...

    When I can do it, I prefer to play the ukulele for myself - sound, feel, etc.

    However, I do purchase online (Ebay) and most of those purchases are based
    on what the uke looks like.

    That's how...
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    i bought a couple of Koloa sopranos (KU-300) for...

    i bought a couple of Koloa sopranos (KU-300) for about $60 off Ebay and I'm happy with them
    they are solid Mahogany tops and Mahogany Laminate sides and back.
    they resemble Martin sopranos and...
  11. Welcome! Uncle Rod here. please feel free to...

    Welcome! Uncle Rod here.

    please feel free to access the Boot Camp Materials via the link in my signature.

    keep uke'in',
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    just got delivery of a Kmise thin body tenor...

    just got delivery of a Kmise thin body tenor (zebrawood) which i will most likely pass along
    to my sons... after I have fun with it :)

    I'm planning on giving them a soprano, concert, and tenor...
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    mistakes are wonderful for helping us find out...

    mistakes are wonderful for helping us find out where we need to focus our attention
    in order to get better... for ourselves.

    we can either pay attention to them and work on 'fixing' them, or...
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    OK, I'm coming from the standpoint of creating an...

    OK, I'm coming from the standpoint of creating an 'arrangement' of a song I want to learn to
    sing and play.

    So I select a song; experiment with keys (locating the higher [pitches] and lower...
  15. Aloha, Keith! When I'm in HNL I stay in...

    Aloha, Keith!

    When I'm in HNL I stay in Palolo, about a half mile in from Waialae Ave, near the Hongwanji :)

    My mom attended some Day Care sessions at the Palolo Chinese Home about 6 or so...
  16. Yes, that would be Chontel Klobas. She and her...

    Yes, that would be Chontel Klobas. She and her husband, Eric, started STRUM - going on 7 years now!
    I was fortunate to be involved from the beginning as the 'song leader' and helped to put together...
  17. i'm sure Keiro has a visiting ukulele group, but...

    i'm sure Keiro has a visiting ukulele group, but I don't know the contact person.
    Keiro might know. I think 'Mas' might be the leader of the group. They are
    retirees so I don't get a chance to be...
  18. ampeep, next time please go to the Ukulele...

    ampeep,

    next time please go to the Ukulele Site vendor tent and join us at the
    Hospitality tent immediately behind it to meet and greet, get out of the
    sun/rain, have a seat, etc :)
    Andrew has...
  19. 2018 Pistol River, OR Baritone Retreat with Kimo Hussey plus

    just returned from a half-week Baritone Retreat at Pistol River, OR
    hosted by Les Stansell, Luthier, Thurs to Sat, Aug 9-11, 2018.

    along with Kimo Hussey, workshop leader, 4 luthiers were in...
  20. Wow! What a wonderful and memorable meetup at...

    Wow!
    What a wonderful and memorable meetup at the Ukulele Site Hospitality tent yesterday at the 48th Annual Ukulele
    Festival Hawaii!
    Greenie, Pueo, Gyosh, Geetee, Ukalady, Hawaii50, Andrewkuker,...
  21. just sent PM :) I hope they are still...

    just sent PM :)

    I hope they are still available.

    Please text me re: payment.

    Text number in PM.

    Mahalo,
  22. I agree, Moddy! the bottom line is to have fun...

    I agree, Moddy!

    the bottom line is to have fun and that keeps us motivated to do more :)

    my motivation, back in the 50's and 60's, was to play some of the current
    Rock-n-Roll songs I listened...
  23. I like the advice Nickie gave us about the Left...

    I like the advice Nickie gave us about the Left hand and holding the uke. It really starts there :)
    Right had technique is where most of the fun is, but the 'basics' should begin with tuning,...
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    OK, will be traveling to HNL this Friday the 6th,...

    OK, will be traveling to HNL this Friday the 6th, Lord willing.

    Ziret, I'm planning on bringing the Enya Soprano that you 'customized'.
    It's been my go-to uke for a while now and I really enjoy...
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    the neck appears to be very wide and the channel...

    the neck appears to be very wide and the channel behind the neck is generally where I would place
    my thumb... so not sure how comfortable to play.

    that said, it's wonderful how creative builders...
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