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    Default where do you live

    You thought this was going to be one of those invasive personal polls, but it isn't.
    My question is where are your fingersí natural abode? I ask because Iíve been going through some changes lately and have been wondering about other people.

    Over time I have been drifting up the fret board. Nowadays when I grab the ukulele my fingers naturally just go to that area between the 7th and 11th frets.

    Part of why I do it is my preferred key, E. This area is bracketed by a root note and a dominant note, so it is good for me. Also this area has three pentatonic shapes (six, if Iím playing linear).

    Part of why I do it is comfort. The 7th fret is right in the middle. Any lower and I have to stretch my arm a bit and any lower things start getting cramped.

    I think I also like this 7 through 11 area because it gives me places to go. If I play down there in the first three frets (like most of us are taught) musically my back is against the wall. The nut blocks any progress toward lower pitches. Whereas the middle of the fret board allows movement in either direction.

    The biggest challenge I have is the formation of chords. I am not exactly clueless; I do know the shapes for the essential chord qualities like the triads, dominants, add, and sus, but it takes me a moment or two to remember where the roots of those shapes are and where the corresponding notes are. And when youíre playing, you donít really have the opportunity to call a time-out; you need to go before the next click of the metronome peals. Thatís my burden and Iím working on it. Of course, it only applies when Iím improvising. When I have a plan like, for example, playing a Blues progression in Db...then, before I start, I can ratiocinate and locate my Dbs, Gbs, and Abs and plan which shapes to use.

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    I'm still a mainly 1 to 5 player, especially if chords, but I prefer melodies, (wherever that takes me up the fretboard).
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    I tend to hover between 1 and 5 also, probably because I'm doing mostly straightforward chord accompaniment to solo versions of vocal tunes, and I can usually find the voicings I need between frets 1 and 5.

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    I've been mostly 1-5 for messing around. If a song takes me higher obvs I go and I do like the sound.

    I've been using the ukulele from scratch book and in the earlier portion it covers basic chords like C, F, & G up the fretboard which has been fun to mess with. I'm playing some basic chord songs but using these "higher" chord positions to help with practice but also change the sound.

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    My left hand plays around the middle of the fretboard on my baritones ukes, for a sweeter sound. When playing Country and Folk I may play around the 7th fret, where the tone suits that type of music, but I like to play around the 10th for jazz, where I get that bell-like tone. As I don't play often with others, the key doesn't matter.

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    I’m still a novice chord melody guy which means I follow exactly like a robot where my music sheet tells me to go. Zero creativity and senses right now. Haha.. So ya, I play all over the board.
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    1 to 5 for the most part, but I will venture much higher if playing (or working out) a perticular melody/solo!
    All power and respect to you Concert,Tenor and Baritone players, but Soprano is what does it for me every time! (And my beautiful Sopranino!)

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    I play melodies and pretty much every song has me jumping between the 1st to 12th frets. I have been learning my songs off rockclass101 and they jump all over the fretboard. I don't have a "home". I actually recommend this program. This month's song featured the dreaded pinkie hammer on.
    Last edited by AQUATOPAZ; 08-30-2019 at 09:40 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    You thought this was going to be one of those invasive personal polls...
    Many people don't like posting where they live, but I find it interesting. If someone is asking a question, their location can make a big difference. Buying, selling, repairing, getting supplies, and finding groups all depend on where you live.

    Another "privacy" thing I wonder about is people posting pictures of their cars and wiping out the license plate number. Do they do that when they drive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Many people don't like posting where they live, but I find it interesting. If someone is asking a question, their location can make a big difference. Buying, selling, repairing, getting supplies, and finding groups all depend on where you live.

    Another "privacy" thing I wonder about is people posting pictures of their cars and wiping out the license plate number. Do they do that when they drive?
    ? What? Did you read the post?

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