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    I like playing outside when the weather cooperates. When it doesn't, I just get pissed.

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    Going camping this weekend. Plan to play outside alone. Don't care how it sounds, just happy to get out and do it.

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    Hi Jerry,

    Very exciting CDC news yesterday. If people are vaccinated, we can be indoors without masks, so long as we aren't closely packed. This is especially true if our cohorts are also vaccinated.

    It's probably time for players to get together once again!

    Bluesy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluesy View Post
    Hi Jerry,

    Very exciting CDC news yesterday. If people are vaccinated, we can be indoors without masks, so long as we aren't closely packed. This is especially true if our cohorts are also vaccinated.

    It's probably time for players to get together once again!

    Bluesy.
    I'm still not comfortable going places without my mask. I think masks should become a permanent feature of society - just in case.

    Seriously, though, just because you see someone without a mask, that doesn't mean he got his shots.
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    This notion may be true for violins and symphony orchestras etc. The ukulele was developed for play under the blue skies of Hawaii and it sounds best when played outdoors.

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    I'm slightly disappointed in this thread. When I think of playing outside, I think of two things

    1. playing chromatically, i.e., playing non-diatonic notes
    2. playing the outside strings in fingerpicking patterns.

    You guys have covered playing outdoors sufficiently. To appease me, does anyone have any thoughts on playing flat or sharp notes/chords while playing in C?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    I'm slightly disappointed in this thread. When I think of playing outside, I think of two things

    1. playing chromatically, i.e., playing non-diatonic notes
    2. playing the outside strings in fingerpicking patterns.

    You guys have covered playing outdoors sufficiently. To appease me, does anyone have any thoughts on playing flat or sharp notes/chords while playing in C?
    Plenty of flats or sharps if you play blues in C...

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    I've played a lot outside. I used to busk on a wall in Old San Juan for tourists. My wife would come out after a few hours and we would go for drinks. I was playing a mahogany Mainland for a few years. Then I went with an Ohana with a cedar top. My wife said that she could barely hear the Mainland from across the street but that she could hear the Ohana a half block away. It also depended on the wind how far it would carry. I position myself accordingly.

    I have a little shade dohicky that fits on the top of my tablet. It isn't big enough to be obtrusive. It works pretty well under most circumstances. I have to get it and the tablet positioned, it isn't perfect. I mean, you do the best you can with what you have.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post

    1. playing chromatically, i.e., playing non-diatonic notes
    2. playing the outside strings in fingerpicking patterns.
    Interesting! I'll bite. Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by donboody View Post
    Interesting! I'll bite. Why?
    It is just terminology I have read.
    1. When skimming jazz websites to pick up an idea that I can apply to ukulele I see references to "playing outside" where they mean playing notes when soloing that aren't really natural to the chords. That is implemented by chromatic notes, negative harmony, or coltrane changes.
    2. When looking at resources for stuff like Carter picking and other folk music, I often see notations like: play outside, inside, outside, pinch.

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