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  1. I'm not sure what warranties have to do with it...

    I'm not sure what warranties have to do with it or why anyone holding a ticket to the show wouldn't be able to do any of those things. The instruments weren't in glass cases or anything. We saw the...
  2. Leo Fender couldn't play a guitar if his life...

    Leo Fender couldn't play a guitar if his life depended on it, and if he were to magically appear at the Fender booth, nobody would be laying this kind of crap on Fender. Most people who make good...
  3. Try this: Play the video, keep the strings muted...

    Try this: Play the video, keep the strings muted and strum out what you hear on the harmonica. That's pretty much the strum pattern for the entire song.

    Most of Barry's stuff is pretty easy to...
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    What they do is model the acoustic properties of...

    What they do is model the acoustic properties of instrument bodies and the box applies those properties to whatever's coming through the input jack, much the same as reverb units do with rooms or...
  5. New strings stretch out as you play and have to...

    New strings stretch out as you play and have to be tuned more frequently. You can accelerate the process of getting to the point where playing doesn't have as much effect by stretching them, as Mike...
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    Problems like that (and I assume you mean a...

    Problems like that (and I assume you mean a crackly sound and not something like a hum or other noise) are usually caused by something gaining and losing contact intermittently. If it doesn't happen...
  7. The usual cause of strings going sharp is a...

    The usual cause of strings going sharp is a change in friction between the string and the slot in the nut. When you tune up, you're using the tuning peg to pull the part of the string you play to...
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    LOL... I first thought of the girl with no mouth...

    LOL... I first thought of the girl with no mouth in the Twilight Zone movie but couldn't find a picture.

    --Mark
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    It's nothing a bottle of instant hole...

    It's nothing a bottle of instant hole wouldn't cure.

    If you ever feel like experimenting with plastics, Armstrong made a plexiglass guitar and bass in the 1960s (and have reissued them). I've...
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    You're absolutely right there, because publishing...

    You're absolutely right there, because publishing covers of songs on YouTube is already a violation of the copyright holder's rights. This is about Congress, whose lack of understanding of the...
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    The bills in question are HR3261, the Stop Online...

    The bills in question are HR3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act and S.968, the PROTECT-IP Act. Neither bill is anywhere near dead, and Judiciary Committee hearings that took place yesterday were...
  12. In the position you're using right now, there's a...

    In the position you're using right now, there's a whole set of chords built up in muscle memory as "feeling" a certain way and the muscles you use to play are toned up and don't complain anymore. ...
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    I have one each of those, and with Mike's setup,...

    I have one each of those, and with Mike's setup, they're great, especially for the price. I give the edge to the MK-S, though.

    --Mark
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    As promised: CLICK...

    As promised: CLICK

    Decided to stick with the F#dim since it sounded best of all of the alternatives.

    --Mark
  15. Thread: Aloha from NoVa!

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    Welcome. I'm up at the north end of 28. ...

    Welcome. I'm up at the north end of 28.



    Rut-roh. Did you demolish Centreville?
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    G. Love / Hot Cookin' (One Chord)

    I'm working on tabbing this one up and am stumped on one chord in the bridge (marked with an X, starts at about 1:50 in the video):


    My mom[B]ma always [D]said don't play with [A]fire
    [B]Don't...
  17. Thread: Pick Violence

    by Blrfl
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    Jim Dunlop has a line of nylon picks that I...

    Jim Dunlop has a line of nylon picks that I really like. I forget the size I use, but they're the light grey ones.

    -Mark
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    You'll find that there are some chords you can't...

    You'll find that there are some chords you can't form on a uke because there aren't enough strings to complete the chord spelling. (But as it works out, these don't have that problem.) I'm going to...
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    Welcome! There's a group that meets in...

    Welcome!

    There's a group that meets in Vienna/Reston that I've played with a bunch of times. Drop me a PM and I'll put you in touch with the guy who organizes the get-togethers. We were supposed...
  20. Thread: Party uke songs?

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    I've been noodling around with an easy version of...

    I've been noodling around with an easy version of Tequila in a different key than the original:

    The main part goes G / F / G / F etc...

    The break goes C7 / G / C7 / G / C7 / G / D / D (add the...
  21. Thread: UU iPhone App

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    There's a mobile style available for vB that...

    There's a mobile style available for vB that works very well. Tapatalk isn't bad, either; that requires a plug-in.

    --Mark
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    Jaco Pastorius used to tell this story about how...

    Jaco Pastorius used to tell this story about how he came to start playing fretless bass:


    I had an upright — it took me years and years to get enough bread to get it. I'm from Florida, so one...
  23. And also don't forget the 1980s, when you had...

    And also don't forget the 1980s, when you had Jack Valenti declaring "I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home...
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    My Sabine Zoid has it and it's annoying. --Mark

    My Sabine Zoid has it and it's annoying.

    --Mark
  25. Playing substantially the same song on another...

    Playing substantially the same song on another instrument is just another arrangement, so parody won't fly as a defense.

    --Mark
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