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    Today I got a fancy to do something with the...

    Today I got a fancy to do something with the harmonic minor. It is funny; I watched a video in which the person was talking about the iconic licks that started him playing guitar. First, he wanted...
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    I am essentially done with the move. There are...

    I am essentially done with the move. There are still things to be done but they are more or less just individual tasks.

    I unpacked my music stuff, but what's interesting is what I didn't unpack. ...
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    I finally made it. 1200 miles with 5 cats and 1...

    I finally made it. 1200 miles with 5 cats and 1 wife. I am still unpacking. By the end of the day I should have all my property out of the modules and into the domicile. Getting everything in...
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    Or there's another way altogether. I'm about...

    Or there's another way altogether.

    I'm about to take a 1200 mile drive and instead of risking damage to a ukulele or buying some plastic thingy, I'm going to think. Think about where on the...
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    I have been so busy packing for my move that I...

    I have been so busy packing for my move that I haven't been able to uke. Just to give as idea of how long it has been. I had to trim my left-hand nails. It had been that long. When I'm playing...
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    Haven't you all noticed that the ukulele is very...

    Haven't you all noticed that the ukulele is very personalized insofar as it allows each of us to be as anal as we want to be or as fancy-free as we wish.

    I personally don't see much difference...
  7. It looks like Pete is wearing the prison togs...

    It looks like Pete is wearing the prison togs from his days of being naughty online
  8. what color are the PhD strings?

    what color are the PhD strings?
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    The G shape is simple if you mute the G string. ...

    The G shape is simple if you mute the G string. Then you have a great, familiar chord to slide up or down the neck to fit whatever key that the singer requires.
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    When I bought my tenor guitar, it was tuned in...

    When I bought my tenor guitar, it was tuned in fifths but I re-tuned it to Chicago tuning with no problem. As a matter of fact, I still have the same strings on my guitar even though that was way...
  11. I agree. My first ukulele was spalted mango. It...

    I agree. My first ukulele was spalted mango. It is beautiful. By the way, does anyone know how to do a wolf whistle on the ukulele. I assume it is just two slides. Once I get to my instrument I...
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    From the perspective of an audience member I...

    From the perspective of an audience member I would just like to say that if I want to hear the same old Ernie Ford treatment of "16 tons," then I'll go buy the recording. Ideally I want to hear...
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    My wife awoke to a shock. I was trying to...

    My wife awoke to a shock. I was trying to re-listen to Lyle Ritz's edentate ukulele jazz. I couldn't get through How About Uke?. "At least it isn't Hawaiian music," my wife commented and I have to...
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    In my rather limited experience I find that when...

    In my rather limited experience I find that when tunings are a fourth apart they harmonize really well together. I learned that playing cross harp harmonica. I suppose it applies to ukes as well. ...
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    As an update, I haven't been able to do much with...

    As an update, I haven't been able to do much with the ukulele. I am in the middle of moving a household by myself. I know...I have a PhD in ancient languages, I have some righteous tenor ukuleles,...
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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...
  25. 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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