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    I've had this discussion before and I know people...

    I've had this discussion before and I know people disagree with me, but buying a Kamaka is cheaper than buying intermediary ukes and then buying the Kamaka. So my opinion, in a way, coincides with...
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    There is actually quite a lot to do with the A...

    There is actually quite a lot to do with the A dim7 arpeggio. I just spent about ninety minutes exploring the arpeggio.

    It has been a fairly virtuous evening.

    I started off with exercise (I...
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    Thanks, guys. All 19 frets are playable, I get...

    Thanks, guys. All 19 frets are playable, I get seven pentatonic/modal shapes, and it is reclaimed wood from a London park. It cured my UAS. I don't even play my Kamaka that much any more.
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    Are we going to show some appreciation for Rob? ...

    Are we going to show some appreciation for Rob? Here is the apple of my eye which Rob custom built for me
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    and here's a better picture that Rob himself took
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    I personally wouldn't worry about it. Worst case...

    I personally wouldn't worry about it. Worst case scenario is that you have a wolf-tone wherein the resonance of the sound board is interfering with the resonance of one of the open strings. If...
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    I saw a mirthful thread recently centered around...

    I saw a mirthful thread recently centered around people compiling a list of the "best" concerts for $250. I would say they should buy any $250 concert, they're all going to be the same...if not made...
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    Thanks, Merlin666. It must be the simplicity of...

    Thanks, Merlin666. It must be the simplicity of the bracing that earned the admiration of my luthier, whose purlieu is custom classical guitars. He seemed to be indignant that most ukuleles are...
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    Which style of bracing is typical? I ask because...

    Which style of bracing is typical? I ask because earlier this year I took my ukulele to my luthier because I sprouted a fret (I was being lazy and not humidifying my uke in a typical rel. hum. of...
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    I agree. With my body, to get a Dm I just make...

    I agree. With my body, to get a Dm I just make an F and then smoosh the middle finger down. For those straight-fingered barre chords like a D7 with the root on the C string, I too find it...
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    I, on the other hand, love to practice. And...

    I, on the other hand, love to practice. And nothing is better to practice than the blues. It is the cornerstone of western music and it is simple enough so that you can easily see the music theory....
  11. This is peculiar. Knowing Mike as I do, I...

    This is peculiar. Knowing Mike as I do, I naturally would have assumed his hackles would have been raised by the inappropriate capitalizations rather than by person's non-adherence to a somewhat...
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    I don't think I can explain where I've been the...

    I don't think I can explain where I've been the last two hours. It was a sort of musical trance.

    I started out with a combination of the A Dorian #11 and the D# dim7 arpeggio. I did reach up to...
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    Earlier today I made a statement and perhaps it...

    Earlier today I made a statement and perhaps it sounds arrogant. I said that I find playing a song boring...and I do. But I didn't mean to say that learning a song is so easy and so beneath me. ...
  14. Excellent. A few years ago, I noticed the scale...

    Excellent. A few years ago, I noticed the scale and I used the aiolian mode to play the melody. It was fun 'til it got depressing.
  15. I make my own up. I really like scales and...

    I make my own up. I really like scales and improvising. That's been my goal for the last couple of years, and I can now do it with a modicum of success.
  16. I will add not to follow other people's goals. I...

    I will add not to follow other people's goals. I know that sounds like a vague Chinese fortune cookie, but here's what I mean. Other people's goals can be intoxicating and may motivate you somewhat...
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    Elin, Instead of pressing into the fretboard...

    Elin,
    Instead of pressing into the fretboard with ever-increasing pressure, try pulling down. Make your hand heavy and let it drop the way gravity wants it to, and grasp your fretboard with the...
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    The way i was raised: once you knew the Beatles,...

    The way i was raised: once you knew the Beatles, you knew music. They use different keys, borrow from different genres, and have many chords. The book I use is Beatles The Complete Scores by Hal...
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    It looks like I'm the only one. I am not a...

    It looks like I'm the only one. I am not a ukulele guy; I am a guy with a ukulele, and I am a guy with a lot of interests in addition to the ukulele. If I were going to Belize, like Deadpool up...
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    I received my quarterly bonus and decided to take...

    I received my quarterly bonus and decided to take my cigar box in for repairs. The main issue is that I screwed up the neck...literally. To secure it more securely to the body I screwed some...
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    that's 99% perfect. That squarish upper bout...

    that's 99% perfect. That squarish upper bout looks like it would make playing about the 15th fret a little awkward. Aside from that, it looks awesome...and if you don't play above the 15th fret it...
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    I haven't updated in a while, because I haven't...

    I haven't updated in a while, because I haven't had much to say. What I've been working on is very mechanical and I wouldn't suppose that it lends itself to discussion. I've been working on that...
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    Eggs-n-Ham. Get The Chord Wheel. It is the best...

    Eggs-n-Ham. Get The Chord Wheel. It is the best $10-$15 you can spend on music theory. On the most basic level, it is a circle of fifths with a dial that lets you transpose to every key. It has a...
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    It depends.

    If you're playing a song that you've already practiced, you should have already worked out the most efficacious transitions. There shouldn't be any surprises, so there's no need for...
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    Poll: each of my ukuleles cost about 11% of the last...

    each of my ukuleles cost about 11% of the last car I bought, which was around $17000
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