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    Default Bonehead mistakes

    I believe that it is healthy and sometimes productive to laugh at oneself every so often. Has anybody ever made a really dumb mistake? Well, I did last night!
    I really like the ukulele, but I wanted to try a banjolele. Music shops in my area typically don't stock banjoleles, so I ended up ordering one online. Well, the bridge wasn't attached...and the instrument did not come with instructions.
    I read some online instructions designed for adjusting a floating bridge on a banjo, and thought a banjolele would not be terribly different, and so I started loosening my strings and--SNAP! I guess lefty isn't loosy when it comes to stringing an instrument is it?
    I'm going to the guitar store tonight to see if they can help me!

    Kev

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    Two nights ago I was trying to work out an opening riff to a new cover song. Spent over an hour trying to make it work with the main riff coming from the 1st and 2nd strings. Then I finally decided to try the riff on the 4th string and the whole riff is easy as pie now.

    Doh!!!
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    Yes, typically it's lefty loosy on two out of the four strings. If this is you're stupidest mistake, you're a genious.

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    Ever heard what an E string on a bass sounds like when you tune it up one octave, me either, cause it breaks with an unimpressive sound.

    Ever try to play along with your band on stage when you've just got done tuning your uke to a tuner set to 431Hz instead of 440 ("wow the weather really has affected these strings" I said as I tuned it to 431).

    Ever grab the wrong harmonica (Key of G instead of D) and start wailing away on harp solo break in front of a room of folks.

    Ever switch between a Kazoo and Harmonica and continue to Humm in to the harmonica (at least nothing comes out).

    Ever play two songs back to back in the same key with similar chords and start out on the second one and end up back on the first song (Not by design)....and nobody notices?

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    When I re-strung my tiple last year, I somehow managed to tune some of the strings a full octave too high without them breaking. Then I made a UU post complaining about how it hurt my fingers to play it.
    Uke can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find uke get what you need!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevepetergal View Post
    Yes, typically it's lefty loosy on two out of the four strings. If this is you're stupidest mistake, you're a genious.
    That's just the most recent that came to mind
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    I purchased a Koaloha Tenor directly from the factory and they ship it with the strings loose so it doesn't get damaged. Anyways, I tuned it to My Dog Has Fleas but the G knob would unwind as there was too much tension. I called Koaloha and the person laughed and said it was tuned to low G. They were nice enough to send me a new low G and high G string. Good thing the bridge didn't pop off.

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    I never make bonehead mistakes, except for this one right now= typing with the same hand with which I am eating buttered toast... off to find something to get the butter off of my keyboard.

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    I still don't know how I did it, but once when I was tuning up fresh strings on my fiddle, the material holding the tailpiece on broke, sending it flying into my chin, the bridge collapsed, of course. I put the tailpiece back on with a piece of wire! I don't know how the accident didn't damage the fiddle, but there was nary a scratch. My chin hurt for several hours!
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsscottwilder View Post
    That's just the most recent that came to mind
    There's a lot to be said for losing one's memory - I can't recall every having done anything embarassing!
    I'm not entirely convinced that it is possible to polish a turd. However, if one were to accomplish that feat one would still have a turd, and one all the more noticeable for being shiny.

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