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  1. Down Up Dick

    what are you reading?

    Well, I finally finished The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. It’s a really terrific story of TR’s life up to his presidency, and it’s a Pulitzer Prize winner. There are two more books to the trilogy, but I don’t have them yet. I also finally finished with The Complete Idiot’s...
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    Tenor and Classical Guitars

    My new foot rest is certainly a step up (Ha!) from the old one. I think I’m gonna like it. I didn’t like playing on my right thigh. I like the width of it too. It’s more comfortable.
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    Tenor and Classical Guitars

    I got a new, wooden, foot stand yesterday to replace the very crushable metal one. I got tired of bending the metal one back into a usable shape. It was also narrow and unsteady.
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    my ukulele progress

    Ahhhhh . . .
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    On the wall or in the case?

    I keep all of mine in cases or gig bags to keep ’em out of the sun. My music room is very sunny most of the day. The Sun dries wood out and can fade them. My house is very dusty too.
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    my ukulele progress

    Beautifully explained. I’ve been toyin’ with the idea of tunin’ mine to gCEA to limit my confusion, but I mostly use that tuning for singing. I dunno. As I said before, mine is kinda ‘eh anyway. I’ll ponder some more.
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    my ukulele progress

    I would be interested in knowin’ why you ordered a baritone. I’m kinda ‘eh about mine, and I fine the difference in tunin’ confusing sometime. How are you gonna tune it?
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    Tenor and Classical Guitars

    Well, I’m still bangin’ away at the CG and havin’ some success. I can easily play the melodies and sometimes with the chord notes, but I‘m stlill a bit clumsy wid it. In my defense, I haven’t played the CG for a while. I guess I just have too many irons in the fire.
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    My wandering path

    Right on, Patty. Failing is bad, but those times of success are terrific. they keep me goin’ . . .
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    My wandering path

    I couldn’t agree with this thread more. I love to experiment. As a boy, I had a daydream about being locked up over night in a music store. I would imagine trying all the instruments and having a ball. During my real life (?) I have played most of the brass instruments with varying degrees of...
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    what are you reading?

    Oui.
  12. Down Up Dick

    what are you reading?

    Ha! My wife is an avid Poirot fan, but I usually leave the room when he’s on TV. He’s definitely not my cup of tea.
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    what are you reading?

    That’s right, ripock, but it’s no excuse for how awful he was. I had to force myself to finish the book.
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    my ukulele progress

    Get down, ripock! Sniff, Baby!
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    my ukulele progress

    Yeah, I did airplane glue too, and mimeographed papers in school and college too. Cool Man . . .
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    Back To My Flutes

    Ha! Last night I tried to play a little Cornet and could hardly make a sound. It would be a long time and a lotta scales and long tones before I could ever play it again. One of these days I’m gonna try my Tuba again.
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    Back To My Flutes

    Well I seem to have been confused — again — ahhhh well . . .
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    Back To My Flutes

    Maybe try an Alto Flute. I have one, and it has a nice, mellow, romantic tone. Mine seems easier to play too. I like it a lot. Glad to help out. I’m gonna keep it up as long as I can. My tone’s a bit wheezy still, but good enough for an old guy.
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    what are you reading?

    I have decided to read at least one poem a day from now on. Today I read a coupla Scottish favorites plus a new one to think about.
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    what are you reading?

    I’ve read a lot of Michener’s books too, but I didn’t care for Hawaii. It was too long, and pretty much a downer for me. I found most of it depressing and uninteresting.
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