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  1. #11
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    Here are some of the videos I referenced:

  2. #12
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    JoCo, NC (near Raleigh)


    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    Here are some of the videos I referenced:
    That's a nice playlist.

    I don't "have" the blues. When I play the uke, I "give" the blues to anyone in earshot.
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127


  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    Speaking of the last remark you made, have you ever pondered what a horrible deal-maker the devil is. I was thinking about this earnestly the other day. So his deal is to give you something really good for what, 40 years or so, and in return you suffer for eternity. That's not even close to a good deal.
    It's the kind of deal that ranks right up there with credit card interest, social security, and whole life insurance policies.

  4. #14
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    Jul 2011
    Nashville, TN USA


    You have to pay your dues if ya wanna play the blues...
    If music be the food of love, play on! -Bill Shakespeare

  5. #15
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    Stole this off the web. Hope it helps

    1. Most Blues begin, "Woke up this morning..."

    2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues, unless you stick something nasty in the next line like, "I got a good woman, with the meanest face in town."

    3. The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes... sort of: "Got a good woman with the meanest face in town. Yes, I got a good woman with the meanest face in town. Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher, and she weigh 500 pound."

    4. The Blues is not about choice. You stuck in a ditch, you stuck in a ditch--ain't no way out.

    5. Blues cars: Chevys, Fords, Cadillacs and broken-down trucks. Blues don't travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles. Most Blues transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Jet aircraft and company motor pools ain't even in the running. Walkin' plays a major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin' to die.

    6. Teenagers can't sing the Blues. They ain't fixin' to die yet. Adults sing the Blues. In Blues, "adulthood" means being old enough to get the electric chair if you shoot a man in Memphis.

    7. Blues can take place in New York City but not in Hawaii or any place in Canada. Hard times in Minneapolis or Seattle is probably just clinical depression. Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City are still the best places to have the Blues. You cannot have the blues in any place that don't get rain.

    8. A man with male pattern baldness ain't the blues. A woman with male pattern baldness is. Breaking your leg cause you were skiing is not the blues. Breaking your leg 'cause a alligator be chompin' on it is.

    9. You can't have no Blues in a office or a shopping mall. The lighting is wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster.

    10. Good places for the Blues:
    a. Highway
    b. Jailhouse
    c. An empty bed
    d. Bottom of a whiskey glass

    11. Bad places for the Blues:
    a. Nordstrom's
    b. Gallery openings
    c. Ivy league institutions
    d. Golf courses

    12. No one will believe it's the Blues if you wear a suit, 'less you happen to be a old ethnic person, and you slept in it.

    13. You have the right to sing the Blues if:
    a. You older than dirt
    b. You blind
    c. You shot a man in Memphis
    d. You can't be satisfied

    14. You don't have the right to sing the Blues if:
    a. You have all your teeth
    b. You were once blind but now can see
    c. The man in Memphis lived
    d. You have a pension fund

    15. Blues is not a matter of color. It's a matter of bad luck. Tiger Woods cannot sing the blues. Sonny Liston could. Ugly white people also got a leg up on the blues.

    16. If you ask for water and your darlin' give you gasoline, it's the Blues

    17. Other acceptable Blues beverages are:
    a. Cheap wine
    b. Whiskey or bourbon
    c. Muddy water
    d. Nasty black coffee

    18. The following are NOT Blues beverages:
    a. Perrier
    b. Chardonnay
    c. Snapple
    d. Slim Fast

    19. If death occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it's a Blues death. Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way to die. So is the electric chair, substance abuse and dying lonely on a broke-down cot. You can't have a Blues death if you die during a tennis match or while getting liposuction.

    20. Some Blues names for women:
    a. Sadie
    b. Big Mama
    c. Bessie
    d. Fat River Dumpling

    21. Some Blues names for men:
    a. Joe
    b. Willie
    c. Little Willie
    d. Big Willie

    22. Persons with names like Michelle, Amber, Debbie, and Heather can't sing the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.

    23. Make your own Blues name Starter Kit: a. name of physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.) b. first name (see above) plus name of fruit (Lemon, Lime, Melon, Kiwi, etc.) c. last name of President (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore, etc.) For example: Blind Lime Jefferson, Jackleg Lemon Johnson or Cripple Kiwi Fillmore, etc. (Well, maybe not "Kiwi.")

    24. I don't care how tragic your life: if you own even one computer, you cannot sing the blues.

  6. #16
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    Laughed my way through the list, EDW. Thanks for sharing!

  7. #17
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    Sunny Jersey - where the cows come from!


    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    Stole this off the web. Hope it helps

    20. Some Blues names for women:
    a. Sadie
    b. Big Mama
    c. Bessie
    d. Fat River Dumpling
    Fine list ... made me smile

    Also reminded me of "Little Sadie" getting shot down ... another two-chord song

    There are those who will wax lyrical about the ability to play a double shuffle with a split fan and a tight G-string ...
    it just makes me walk funny!

  8. #18
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    Aug 2019


    Found a lot of awesome videos on YouTube. Just search Ukulele Blues.

  9. #19
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    May 2017
    Confluence of the Mississippi and Rum Rivers


    Study a little bit of the Rev. Gary Davis.......that'll start you down a path of playing some blues.........

    Death don't have no mercy

    Hesitation Blues

    Multiple versions out there but pretty easy to get started on..

  10. #20
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    Feb 2015
    New Mexico, USA


    OP is the beginner's thread, not the esoteric thread. Let's not be fresh and confusing. To answer the OP questions, I play the blues on my happy uke, and reentrant tuning is great for the blues. I won't answer about my soul. Right now I like Phil Doleman as an instructor. He is teaching some classic blues and jug band. You will find him on YouTube and Patreon. Ukulele Hunt is always great. Ten Thumbs is terrific on YouTube and Patreon as well. My cred? I was Stevie Ray Vaughns cocktail waitress back in the day. True, but everyone just laugh. Enjoy.

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