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    I'm interested in learning how the arrangements in the book sound. Obviously, this would have helped if the book had come with a CD... or, as I said earlier, if the transcriptions are accurate of the originals (difficult considering it's 4 strings against 6 I know).

    Epiphone Les Paul (Red) Concert
    Kala KA FMTE - C (Low G)
    Steel Strung Hora Baritone
    Korala Baritone UKB 36
    Eugene Customised Tanglewood TU5 Baritone (High D)
    Yamaha GL1 Guitarlele
    Baritone Ukulele Banjo
    Oscar Schmidt 8 String Tenor
    Oscar Schmidt 6 String Tenor
    Jack Daniels Tenor - by Peavey
    Mainland Red Cedar Concert
    Korala Soprano Mahogany Electro Acoustic Cutaway
    Tenor Resonator Ukulele HB CLU 34-T
    Alida Electric Tenor
    Harley Benton CLU-Bass

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    Nothing to brag about

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    Quote Originally Posted by webby View Post
    I just don't get the RJ thing, and white middle class folks in 2012 shouldn't be singing about how hard it is working in the cotton field BECAUSE THEY DON"T WORK IN THE COTTON FIELDS - It's a complete travesty - like the house of blues.
    Not sure if RJ actually picked cotton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coolkayaker1 View Post
    I still sing the Partridge Family theme in the shower even though I'll never be David Cassidy.

    My wife says I'm more like Rubin Kincaid. But without hair.
    That's it exactly! I love playing Hawaiian songs, but, I'll never be a Hawaiian. Whenever you play someone else's song you are kinda paying tribute to their contribution to music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Big Kahuna View Post

    'nuff said (and Ry Cooder is white too)
    Thought the Devil's front man was better, Beethoven be damned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webby View Post
    I just don't get the RJ thing, and white middle class folks in 2012 shouldn't be singing about how hard it is working in the cotton field BECAUSE THEY DON"T WORK IN THE COTTON FIELDS - It's a complete travesty - like the house of blues.
    As far as I'm concerned, anyone can sing anything, provided they have the talent. Speaking of the blues, below is a funny set of rules about who can and who cannot sing the Blues. Very funny.

    Requirements for singing the Blues

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

    2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues, 'less 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 pounds."

    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 an' state-sponsored 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 for 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 place 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 skiing is not the blues.
    Breaking your leg 'cause a alligator be chomping 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. Empty bed
    d. Bottom of a whiskey glass

    Bad places:
    a. Dillard's
    b. Gallery Openings
    c. Ivy League Institutions
    d. Golf Courses

    11. 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.

    12. Do you have the right to sing the Blues?
    Yes, if:
    a. You older than dirt
    b. You blind
    c. You shot a man in Memphis
    d. You can't be satisfied

    No, 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 401K or trust fund

    13. 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.

    14. If you ask for water and your darlin' give you gasoline, it's the Blues.
    Other acceptable Blues beverages are:
    a. Cheap Wine
    b. Whiskey or Bourbon
    c. Muddy Water
    d. Nasty Black Coffee

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

    15. 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 getting liposuction.

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

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

    18. Persons with names like Michelle, Amber, Debbie, and Heather cannot sing the Blues, no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.

    19. 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, Kiwi, etc)
    c. last name of President (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore, etc)
    For example, Blind Lime Jefferson, Jakeleg Lemon Johnson or Cripple Kiwi Fillmore, etc. (Well, maybe not "Kiwi.")

    20. I don't care how tragic your life: if you own a computer, you cannot sing the blues.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    I just ordered it through Amazon. I had Amazon credit from their credit card, so it cost me nothing.

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/offer-li...&condition=all
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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    Big Willie Johnson should sing I Ain't Lyin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by kauaijim View Post
    Check out "The Search for Robert Johnson" on DVD. Interesting connections between the book under discussion and some of the people identified in the film. The history of the original recordings of blues and the music of the South is fascinating. There was a lot of cross over between musicians in these groups as there was in jazz during the same period. Listen to Fred McDowell singing Amazing Grace.
    Excellent documentary on Netflix: The Devil at the Crossroads.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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