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Thread: "Shine On Your Shoes" as played by George Harrison

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    Quote Originally Posted by mailman View Post
    Having watched this a few times, now, and referring to Section A, I'm surprised to see that George fretted an open C chord (0003) with his pinky finger, and a D7 (2223) with his index and ring fingers.

    I have been taught to use my ring finger for a C, and my index and middle fingers for D7.

    By all means, I'm not one to say that Mr. Harrison was doing it incorrectly! I just find it interesting to see that he did it differently than I was taught. It just goes to prove the contention that there is no right or wrong way to do these things; it all depends on what works for you.

    I so admire GH's uke playing style! Not overly Formby-ish, for my taste, and not guitar player shredding, either. Just a nice balance of chord strumming mixed with some strumming embellishments.

    Perfect, IMHO....
    It may come from playing guitar. When you finger a G chord on guitar you (usually) use your pinky on the 3rd fret first string and ring finger on the 3rd fret second string.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HBolte View Post
    It may come from playing guitar. When you finger a G chord on guitar you (usually) use your pinky on the 3rd fret first string and ring finger on the 3rd fret second string.
    You're probably right about that. I learned to play guitar improperly, as I was self-taught. I formed a G chord with my index, middle and ring fingers....
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    Hey mailman, I updated my original reply, fixed a few wrong chords and added fingerings. Hope this helps!

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    Thanks for this, Maguwa - I'd seen this video before and searched for the chords online - I found them, but they're slightly different from the way George played them! It's great to see both! George's are easier, with that Dm ..... brill...... I just love this song! :0

    And I understand that George favoured Kamakas......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shady Wilbury View Post
    Me too, Mike.

    I've been wondering what it is, and the closest I can get is a Kamaka, but it must have been customised in some way.

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    You’ve probably all moved on since posting these questions, but George’s wife Olivia posted this on Instagram, with the info that it is a “Keoki” uke made by renowned luthier Danny Ferrington. Danny too posted this info, on Twitter. Ferrington has made guitars and other instruments for the likes of GH, Eric Idle, Johnny Cash, Kurt Cobain.

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    Cool! Thanks Andrew! I too was curious about his ukulele.
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