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  1. I don't have a low G on my concert, but I have...

    I don't have a low G on my concert, but I have D'Addario fluorocarbons on my tenor, and there is an equivalent set for concert scale available. I like them, they stretched quickly and stay in tune...
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    From my point of view, a larger uke is slightly...

    From my point of view, a larger uke is slightly easier to play under certain circumstances, and a smaller uke is under others. I struggle to play a D as my sausage fingers don't all fit into the...
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    Are you looking for songs that people will know?...

    Are you looking for songs that people will know? If not, there are a number of festive staples here in the UK that may not have become so entrenched in the US holiday rotation (Paul McCartney, Shakin...
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    As I approached my forties, I think I wanted to...

    As I approached my forties, I think I wanted to learn something new. I picked up a ukulele at a car boot sale one day, and in answer to my (now) wife's question mentioned that I'd heard it was a fun...
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    I was in North Wales yesterday, raining most of...

    I was in North Wales yesterday, raining most of the day, visibility in the mountains down to 20 metres at times. Still great, rain is only an issue if you're wearing the wrong clothes!
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    Neil Young - Harvest; and Edward Sharpe and the...

    Neil Young - Harvest; and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Here.
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    I'm currently watching "Mighty Uke" which is very...

    I'm currently watching "Mighty Uke" which is very good.
  8. Thread: Kamaka?

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    It's pretty common with snowboarding kit, among...

    It's pretty common with snowboarding kit, among others, to put something like "NOT Burton Libtech Gnu" in a listing, so that all the people searching for those brands will see the ad, but no actual...
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    That was supposed to be a little tongue-in-cheek,...

    That was supposed to be a little tongue-in-cheek, which obviously didn't come through! I didn't really mean that there was an anti-Christmas feeling, I just wanted to share my excitement at playing...
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    Amazon Video does have a number of ukulele...

    Amazon Video does have a number of ukulele documentaries, which are free to stream with a Prime membership.
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    I only play Christmas songs a few times a year -...

    I only play Christmas songs a few times a year - the festive session, a couple of practices before that, and my own practice at home, so I don't get Festive Fatigue in the same way that many do. If I...
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    In counterpoint to the anti-Christmas vibe, I...

    In counterpoint to the anti-Christmas vibe, I love playing Christmas songs - my first uke experience was at my group's Christmas session (which my wife had been invited to for reasons to do with her...
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    I don't play with a pick, but I do have a felt...

    I don't play with a pick, but I do have a felt and a leather pick. The leather is my preference as the sound of the pick against the string is harder and louder with the felt pick. I've also used a...
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    For a second I thought you'd put Meriden, which...

    For a second I thought you'd put Meriden, which is just down the road from me!
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    Been there, dude, still go back there from time...

    Been there, dude, still go back there from time to time. You'll get there, and the uke will help.

    If you're not already, find a group to play with - it takes the magic that the uke works and...
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    This is very much my thinking - a custom uke...

    This is very much my thinking - a custom uke would be very good, as would a tattoo, but I wouldn't be able to make the decisions necessary to take the plunge!
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    I do use a strap when playing with the group, and...

    I do use a strap when playing with the group, and I still have trouble "juggling" everything with some chords. I wasn't sure if there was a simple trick that I'd missed, but it looks like I just need...
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    On a related note, I find that certain chords -...

    On a related note, I find that certain chords - barre chords for the most part - take me a long time to get to, and are very awkward to form; I always feel that the neck of the instrument wants to...
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    While it's not entirely relevant to the thread...

    While it's not entirely relevant to the thread topic, while I'd heard SOTR previously, I became familiar with it as it was played at the end of my grandparents' funeral. It makes me choke up every...
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    I'm no expert (in the ukulele in general, let...

    I'm no expert (in the ukulele in general, let alone a low G tuning as this is the first time I've done it), and I have nothing to compare them to, but I've got D'Addario fluoro strings on my Tenor...
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    Welcome from just down the road in Coventry! When...

    Welcome from just down the road in Coventry! When you do feel ready to join a club, you're always welcome at the Earls of Uke in Coventry (and if you know which end to hold and which end to strum,...
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    I'm a relative beginner, and the extent of my...

    I'm a relative beginner, and the extent of my tenor retuning is to go to a low G - if everything is tuned down a half step, would that not change the fretting for each chord? Is it as simple as...
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    Sticky: I quite fancy a tenor guitar with GCEA tuning,...

    I quite fancy a tenor guitar with GCEA tuning, would this work or would getting the right strings be an issue?
  24. I would say I have UAS but am restricted by...

    I would say I have UAS but am restricted by budget and a wife who would... not disapprove, but be perhaps a little disappointed.

    Currently three - my first (a bamboo concert), a Makala tenor and a...
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    Solid body electric uke

    I have never built, or even attempted to build, any instrument let alone a ukulele - however, I have a yearning to make a solid body. Essentially I want to make a uke that will have the same sort of...
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