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    Nickie, I agree with many, that looking down is,...

    Nickie, I agree with many, that looking down is, in general, a bad habit. If I’m not singing but just playing lead, I do it on occasion though. I find that I do it most commonly when I switch from...
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    Had the Pono steel string. Liked it but I...

    Had the Pono steel string. Liked it but I appreciate the sound that comes from the larger body tenor guitar. I also like the slimmer neck and closer string spacing of my ‘36 Kalamazoo. I do, however,...
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    I started when I retired at 55. That was 12 years...

    I started when I retired at 55. That was 12 years ago. Now when people ask me how long I’ve been playing, I tell them “a few years”. Otherwise, they’d expect me to be better.
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    Agreeing with the last 2 posts. Every time I had...

    Agreeing with the last 2 posts. Every time I had a buzz it was after a string change to a thinner string. The string then sits too deep in the nut slot. A quick effective fix would be to slack up the...
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    For playing lead, I love fifths tuning. In a...

    For playing lead, I love fifths tuning. In a group, with so many already playing rhythm, it’s nice to be able to do some melodic fill to break up all that strumming. Fifths tuning lends itself to...
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    My “plan” for improv on unfamiliar songs is to...

    My “plan” for improv on unfamiliar songs is to start with fills using pentatonic or major arpeggios. I use these to find the melody, then continue with a more melody-based improv.
  7. Thread: New guy from FL

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    Welcome fellow Floridian! Lots of good info here....

    Welcome fellow Floridian! Lots of good info here. Enjoy
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    CasanovaGuy, for me, moving to fifths tuning is...

    CasanovaGuy, for me, moving to fifths tuning is what opened me up to easy improv. Due to the symmetrical tuning, I can improv in ANY major key, ANY string, ANYWHERE on the fretboard using one pattern...
  9. I had the spruce/rosewood, in a a “deluxe”...

    I had the spruce/rosewood, in a a “deluxe” version. It was very pretty, fit and finish excellent. I preferred the tone, volume and sustain to my previous Pono reg baritone (fluorocarbon string). Both...
  10. I never payed much attention to intonation and...

    I never payed much attention to intonation and sustain up the fretboard because, frankly, for many years I did not play up there. Nowadays, I play up there all the time and have become sensitive to...
  11. Thread: squeaky strings

    by bunnyf
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    Squeaking on wound strings is definitely a common...

    Squeaking on wound strings is definitely a common thing, with some brands worse than others. A very light rub with fine sand paper to the top can help. I like Thomastik-Infeld flat wound classical...
  12. I have those strings on my soprano and also have...

    I have those strings on my soprano and also have some intonation issues (nor do I like the tone, as I recently said in a different fifths tuning thread.For me, it’s my D string and I believe it’s...
  13. Thread: Small to big

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    I also started on baritone uke and then went on...

    I also started on baritone uke and then went on to guitar (GS mini also). I now play primarily mandolin but still mix it up with soprano uke, tenor guitar and have played various larger guitars. I...
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    Thanks Wiggy

    Thanks Wiggy
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    Wiggy, did you try this in fluorocarbon or nylon?...

    Wiggy, did you try this in fluorocarbon or nylon? I’m guess the Aquila specialty set is some kind of nylon formulation. I’m thinking fluorocarbon will sound better.
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    Strings for fifth tuning

    Has anyone tried any strings for fifths tuning (on soprano) other than the one specialty set by Aquila? I love the tuning but I
    don’t like the tone. Are there any better alternatives out there? I...
  17. Thread: Wistful

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    I enjoyed your song. Thanks for sharing. I agree...

    I enjoyed your song. Thanks for sharing. I agree with Dave, you have a nice quality to your voice. It reminded me of John Prine, it
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    I’ve had about 10 ukes over the past 10 years.The...

    I’ve had about 10 ukes over the past 10 years.The most I had at any one time was 4 or 5 (one or two in each size). It was a learning experience, finding out what size and features I like. Now I’m...
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    Poll: I’ve seen video of myself singing and strumming...

    I’ve seen video of myself singing and strumming and I usually have a happy or song appropriate face. But recently, I recorded a little “Happy Birthday” song to send to a loved one and I surprised...
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    I hope it didn’t come off that way. There are a...

    I hope it didn’t come off that way. There are a lot of times I work off of sheet music, and it’s a great resource. If I love an arrangement and want to play it exactly that way, I use it for sure....
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    +1 on Ed1’s idea. I have played in bands and...

    +1 on Ed1’s idea.
    I have played in bands and orchestras as a school kid, so reading stand.notation and playing along is something I’m used to. I don’t find tab difficult to read either. As an...
  22. Wooley Bear, gcea tuning can be easily done on...

    Wooley Bear, gcea tuning can be easily done on the mandolin. If you don’t want to learn different chord shapes and only want to strum, it makes sense. The close harmony of standard uke (or guitar)...
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    Regardless of group dynamics, a private talk Mano...

    Regardless of group dynamics, a private talk Mano e Mano seems the right place to start. Talking to others first will seem catty. If you get nowhere, THEN a talk with your band mates would be in...
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    This is a praise band. Do the Christian thing and...

    This is a praise band. Do the Christian thing and speak privately to your band mate, from your heart. Assume he has the best intentions and is oblivious to the negative effect he is having on you. If...
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    My first song was a fairly obscure song,...

    My first song was a fairly obscure song, “Sideways” by Citizen Cope. I had given an ukulele to my hubby for his bday long ago and it was mostly left unplayed for 10 years. I wanted to motivate...
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