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    Slight change of plan. I nipped my fretting hand...

    Slight change of plan. I nipped my fretting hand with a chef's knife and I won't be playing for a few days.

    Since that is a fact, I thought I would do a little bit of thinking. I had been...
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    I availed myself to an old tool I haven't used in...

    I availed myself to an old tool I haven't used in a while, random.org. I wanted to randomly pick a point of departure between my modes. The random number was 5 which for me is B. So now to plan...
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    My Manhasset stand arrived. It seemed lighter...

    My Manhasset stand arrived. It seemed lighter than both my wife and I remember them from childhood. Maybe that's because when we were kids they seemed heavier or maybe it is because they are making...
  4. Thread: Stringed Humor

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    While playing diatonic harmonica, I was bitten by...

    While playing diatonic harmonica, I was bitten by an otherwise docile house cat.

    In reference to Tiny Tim, it is a bit embarrassing. Ukulele is just an instrument and it can play any and...
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    I assume you're using the standard Bb shape. And...

    I assume you're using the standard Bb shape. And I further assume it is the shape that's causing the pain and not the fact that you're forming the shape at the first fret (I mean, you'd still have...
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    Odd threads lately. A person seeking a 0.01%...

    Odd threads lately. A person seeking a 0.01% improvement in sound, but eschewing a 10% gain. Oh well, we were all young and stupid at some point. None of my business.

    Taking care of my...
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    To make any uke sound better, take some lessons...

    To make any uke sound better, take some lessons from someone qualified to teach. That'll get you more bang for your buck than any gimmick or short-cut.
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    I have had some success incorporating the F#...

    I have had some success incorporating the F# Lokrian 13 with its surrounding shapes. I only consider the F# on the 6th fret and the 11th fret. I suppose one could use the F# on the E or A string...
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    I just wanted to add that I just received my uke...

    I just wanted to add that I just received my uke back from the luthier. I had some fret work done on the 16th fret. I have Oasis humidifiers and they work, but I got lazy and just kept my ukulele...
  10. Does that leaning saddle matter? Since it is...

    Does that leaning saddle matter? Since it is stationary although not perpendicular, wouldn't it affect all the strings the same way and therefore not be a factor? I honestly do not know and I'm...
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    My stupid cat, Lykophron, was rolling around the...

    My stupid cat, Lykophron, was rolling around the ground playing with a pipe cleaner. He knocked over my music stand and broke a ceramic slide. You know life is rough when it even takes away your...
  12. No problem. I appreciate cleverishness for...

    No problem. I appreciate cleverishness for cleverishness' sake. Who knows? I could be stuck on a desert island with a tinny re-entrant ukulele where this would come in handy.
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    It is a good day. I will be getting Yorkie back...

    It is a good day. I will be getting Yorkie back this afternoon. The luthier said that the problem was some wear and tear that occurs over time. He also said Yorkie is very dry. That may have been...
  14. It sounds feasible but it also sounds like a lot...

    It sounds feasible but it also sounds like a lot of work with strings that will be all curly from being wound around posts and tied to bridges. Why not just buy a low-G string and change the one...
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    I was idly watching a video online which...

    I was idly watching a video online which purportedly was going to introduce us to five essential scales for ukulele. Being scale-minded myself I was eager to learn. Much to my chagrin. It wasn't...
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    I have been watching a few videos concerning...

    I have been watching a few videos concerning Thelonious Monk. He is essentially my spirit-animal. However I am not quite like other Monk fans. I don't want to learn to play Monk. I know that for...
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    Hey Swag, I was in a similar situation. Before...

    Hey Swag, I was in a similar situation. Before the uke I had played woodwind instruments, so I knew what I was supposed to do. So I bought a book with ukulele scales and a book about ukulele chords...
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    I have to make myself scarce for 90 minutes...

    I have to make myself scarce for 90 minutes because my wife is going to have a zoom conference and we have an open floorplan. Luckily I just received some slow-burning flake tobacco. That and a...
  19. Thread: New Martin ukes

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    I remember the last time I went to a mall, back...

    I remember the last time I went to a mall, back in the 90's. I was thinking of buying some denim pants. I went to the Levi's store and all they had were these items with rips and torn pockets and...
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    Most days I apply an ounce of prevention by not...

    Most days I apply an ounce of prevention by not playing with sticky fingers
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    It was a bit too chilly up here in the mountains...

    It was a bit too chilly up here in the mountains to read outside, so I went to the rocking chair by the furnace and finished my book and had a few beers. Then I decided on firming up some Lokrian...
  22. I have absolutely no interest in learning to use...

    I have absolutely no interest in learning to use plectra. However Mirek's exercises work well with fingers as well and they are a good complement to the typical inside/outside finger picking that a...
  23. Thread: Muting Question

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    There is also chucking gently so that it isn't...

    There is also chucking gently so that it isn't percussive.
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    I was feeling lonely for my Yorkie today. I made...

    I was feeling lonely for my Yorkie today. I made some Yorkshire pudding and had a double shot of Cairdeas. Then I remembered that sitting next to my chair in a soft case I had a baritone that I...
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    Oh. I've always assumed that I don't get...

    Oh. I've always assumed that I don't get messages because I am not too chummy and have no friends. However I've emptied my mailbox and now I'm ready for a new social life in 2021.
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