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SeilerBird's ukulele baptism
« on: September 16, 2016, 11:13:29 PM »
Wednesday night an adorable little 12 year old girl named Grace Vanderwall won this season of America's Got Talent. She is a singer, songwriter and ukulele player.

https://youtu.be/epYS1mmn8Lg

Tonight I went to Plaza Live in Orlando for a concert by Jake Shimabukuro and was blown away. He is much better in concert than he is in his online videos. He is the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele. He did a song called Dragon in which he starts out very quietly and he has a tape machine recording himself. Then half way through he plays back the tape and plays along with himself. He is playing lead guitar (lead ukulele) to his rhythm guitar (rhythm ukulele) accompaniment. He take the uke to places you cannot imagine. He is probably the only uke player in the world with a wah wah pedal and a pedal board.

https://youtu.be/mljFr7yuYzk

So in honor of ukulele week I ordered a concert uke from Amazon. I have never played a uke other than occasionally messing around on one so this will be interesting. A new hobby. Should take me a week to master it. ::) It is a cheap one but it will get me started.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015XD4YLY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2016, 11:50:45 PM »
Jake S is a unique and extremely talented uke player. I like his rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB3RbO7updc

I was blown away by some of the stuff played by one of our uke band members who also played lead guitar in a pro band. His rendition of Apache on the uke:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCYHLa1tGIg

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He is probably the only uke player in the world with a wah wah pedal and a pedal board.

Nah. The guy I mentioned above used to turn up to practice with his amp, pedal and box of tricks.

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Should take me a week to master it.

My hat is off to you if you can do that. OTOH I've noticed that guitar players get up to speed on the uke quite quickly.
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2016, 11:54:48 PM »
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My hat is off to you if you can do that. OTOH I've noticed that guitar players get up to speed on the uke quite quickly.
That was a joke. You can't master any musical instrument in your lifetime. I have found a local uke group and they are meeting at ten tomorrow. I will go without my uke just to meet everyone.

http://www.meetup.com/Winter-Park-Ukulele-Meetup/
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2016, 12:17:27 AM »
A uke meetup group I belong to in OH holds monthly jam sessions; Not really my thing. Similar deal with 3 uke groups I attended while in Southern California (unstructured jam sessions). I prefer the structure & discipline of our uke band weekly practice sessions with a Music Director who takes charge and is also a good teacher.

Our MD is an accomplished musician (guitar, banjo & now uke) and singer. He's also been MD of a local mixed chorus for a number of years. I twisted his arm to join us a few weeks after I joined the band 5 years ago, and many of us are glad he agreed.
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2016, 06:16:43 AM »
I have no idea what to expect but I am going to find out soon. They meet up in a few hours.
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2016, 07:10:51 AM »
Have fun!
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2016, 07:31:47 AM »
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I was blown away by some of the stuff played by one of our uke band members who also played lead guitar...

The first time he attended a practice session, he sat in the back. At the end of the evening,  I asked him how it went, and his reply was "I have no idea how to play this uke". The following week, he did, and he became increasingly more accomplished every week.
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2016, 08:14:05 AM »
An oversized uke jam - Sons Of The Beach in Santa Cruz:

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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2016, 08:51:39 AM »
An oversized uke jam - Sons Of The Beach in Santa Cruz:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8QUm_qPn04

Great name!  ;D

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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2016, 08:59:54 AM »
Aye Margi, I smile every time I hear it. I've never attended (not my scene) but several friends say they have a blast playing with 150 folks on the beach.
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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2016, 09:56:25 AM »
It's very "Santa Cruz-ish".   ;D

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« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2016, 09:59:13 AM »
You're right Margi; Tom S would fit right in  ;D
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« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2016, 01:59:39 PM »
The first time he attended a practice session, he sat in the back. At the end of the evening,  I asked him how it went, and his reply was "I have no idea how to play this uke". The following week, he did, and he became increasingly more accomplished every week.
Well I had a total blast. I showed up without a uke and the first guy I met had a spare that he lent me. There was about 15 people there with a great mix of women outnumbering the men two to one. And they are all older. We played some Stones, Beatles, Elvis, 50s and 60s stuff and a few Hawaiian tunes. The interesting thing is that the songs I did not know I had no problem playing them. Where I had problems was with the songs I knew real well, like House of the Rising Sun. I have been playing it forever and muscle memory kicked in. When it said Am I would of course play a Dm.

They have a monthly meeting and there is another group in the area that meets every month. And they voted to put in a float at the Christmas Parade. My uke is not coming until Friday and I could not wait so me and my credit card made a visit to Guitar World on the way home. I realized after I ordered it that they also make ukes with a built in preamp and tuner. So I got a Kala Tenor. Same price as Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Kala-KA-EBY-TE-Ebony-Acoustic-Electric-Ukulele/dp/B00Y215H7E/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1474135771&sr=1-1
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« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2016, 02:02:16 PM »
You're right Margi; Tom S would fit right in  ;D
Heck yah I would fit in. I would probably be running it in a year. One of the largest uke groups in the country is located in Tampa. 1400 members. I will have to go check it out.

http://www.meetup.com/tampabayukes/
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« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2016, 02:04:00 PM »
You should be able to go into your Amazon account and cancel the 1ast order unless you want two. 
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« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2016, 02:09:09 PM »
You should be able to go into your Amazon account and cancel the 1ast order unless you want two.
I am going to keep it and it has already been shipped. One can never have too many instruments. Besides, it was less than a hundred bucks. It is a concert so it is smaller than the tenor I bought. I am going to have to figure out which size I like the best. I will probably also pick up a soprano one also.

It was bizarre playing the uke. I have been playing my bass guitar almost exclusively the last five years. So to go from stings the size of my little finger to strings the size of a piece of thread was crazy. It will take me a week to get used to the feeling.
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« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2016, 03:32:51 PM »
Glad you had fun.

You'll be a lot happier with the Kala than the no-name. I have several Kala products, and really like my Kala 8-string. I also like my two Kala Baritone ukes - tuned like the (musically) highest four strings on a guitar. They'd be really easy for you or any guitarist to play.

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I will probably also pick up a soprano one also.

Why not just play it in the store? I started out with a Lanikai soprano; It sounded OK, but I found it was "too short", and eventually sold it. The gal who bought it still plays it 5 years later.

Can't wait to get home and play my banjouke; Didn't bring it on this trip, but need to practice for the 'banjo breakouts' in our upcoming concert.
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« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2016, 03:39:28 PM »
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Doesn't look like many of them turn out for their jam sessions (40 tonight). This happens when groups get too big. It's one reason we've talked repeatedly about capping our membership. We've actually raised the cap several times, and are currently over 60 members; Looks like we'll have 50+ regulars.
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« Reply #18 on: September 17, 2016, 04:12:52 PM »
Why not just play it in the store?
It is dangerous for me to be in a music store with several credit cards in my pocket. :o I was positively drooling over several guitars and some of their basses. I was too afraid to venture into the keyboard and drum departments.  :-\
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« Reply #19 on: September 17, 2016, 04:58:51 PM »
I know exactly how you feel  ;D
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« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2016, 05:30:50 PM »
I forgot to post the photo of the group I took this morning. The gentleman on the right is Steve, and he led the group. He had on a t-shirt that said GCEA. After the meeting was over he mentioned to me that he was surprised no one mentioned his t-shirt. I asked him what it stood for and he said that the typical uke tuning is GCEA. I told him that I used to live in the Grand Canyon and I thought it stood for the Grand Canyon Ecological Association. I have no brains therefore I never get headaches. :-[
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« Reply #21 on: September 17, 2016, 06:40:59 PM »
Doesn't look like many of them turn out for their jam sessions (40 tonight). This happens when groups get too big. It's one reason we've talked repeatedly about capping our membership. We've actually raised the cap several times, and are currently over 60 members; Looks like we'll have 50+ regulars.
Yes, I noticed the 40 members also. If it got much larger then rhythm becomes a problem. Not everyone will be right on the beat and it begins to become chaos.
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« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2016, 06:32:24 AM »
Well it has been an interesting weekend. At the meetup the leader mentioned that the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is performing it's only east coast show in Gainesville on December 2nd so this morning I got a front row ticket. I decided to return the concert uke I have on order so I can get one with a built in tuner and preamp.

I keep the uke right next to me and I pick it up and play it frequently. I am not having any problems learning it. Pretty simple instrument and fun to play. It didn't take too long to figure out that I don't like a lot of the chord diagrams I have seen being used. For example everyone plays a C chord with the ring finger. I found that it is easier for me to use my pinky. It makes changing to either an F or a G7 much faster and smoother for me.

I joined the Space Coast Ukulele group and signed up for their Oct 29th meetup. I would love to sign up with the Tampa group also but their meetups are the same time and day as the Orlando group so I will skip the Tampa group.
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« Reply #23 on: September 19, 2016, 08:44:59 AM »
Haven't seen UOoGB live, but their YouTube performances are quite entertaining.

None of  my chord diagrams show which fingers to use, although I've seen various ones that do. Fortunately, my need to reference chord diagrams for most tunes I play is the exception, but I'll still run across chords I haven't seen, or muscle memory forgot  :( 

Depending on the chord progression, I'll occasionally use my pinky to play C; I play Fm with first, middle and pinky, then just lift two fingers, leaving the pinky on the C. But that and a few other examples are the exception (for me). Different strokes for different folks.
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« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2016, 08:49:52 AM »
I have watched a whole bunch of beginners videos and they all seem to start with how to play a C chord.
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« Reply #25 on: September 19, 2016, 08:52:29 AM »
Probably because it'seems the easiest to learn, or maybe the easiest to teach.
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« Reply #26 on: September 19, 2016, 10:21:27 AM »
Yes and most people have very weak pinkies. Mine is very strong so it just feels natural to me to use it instead. The first song I learned on guitar was Gloria by Them. Very simple song just E-D-A over and over but very fast. The typical way of fingering the A chord did not work well for me so I came up with a different fingering that works much better. Turns out there is like 11 different ways of fingering an A chord first position. I got used to all of them and I use the one that works the best in any given song.

One thing that I find interesting is all the different opinions on the proper way to strum. It looks like I am just going to not even think about it and stum any way I wish. Some people use the index finger, some use the thumb, some use all fingers, some use their nail, some use the fleshy part.
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« Reply #27 on: September 19, 2016, 10:48:34 AM »
And some folks use a pick (felt or plastic).

I don't think there is a "proper way" to strum; In some cases, I think it's a matter of how folks were taught, while in others it's whatever feels comfortable. I "learned" using thumb and forefinger, but have evolved to other forms, depending on the song, e.g. I use a (fleshy) thumb roll on some ballads I've rearranged. In other cases I'll pluck one string with a thumb or pinky before strumming the chord (e.g. Edelweiss - pluck_D_D); I learned the latter from a fellow band member.

One thing that was not natural for me was to vary the strum pattern from a simple DU_DU_DU_DU, e.g. D_D_DU_DU and lots of others. Some folks do this without thinking about it, but I had to practice a lot to make it happen automatically.

In most cases, I (finally) don't have to think about it, and my right hand is responding to the equivalent of muscle memory.

I'd think you and most guitar players would have a lot less trouble with any of this stuff than those of us who hadn't played a stringed instrument before picking up a uke.
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« Reply #28 on: September 19, 2016, 10:54:14 AM »
I agree that there is no proper way to strum. But every beginners videos start out teaching you what they claim is the proper way to strum. I watched a bunch of them until I realised to just strum the way you want. The different strums are easy for me because  my first instrument was the drums.
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« Reply #29 on: September 19, 2016, 07:03:37 PM »
Several folks have stopped by to add to the comments received on Saturday about my 8-string Kala concert uke; It really "fills out" the music, and is my go-to instrument when not playing my banjouke.
Damn you Tom! I had not heard of an 8 string so I looked it up and then went to YouTube and listened to one. Damn, it sounds sweet. I am going to have to get one. ???
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« Reply #30 on: September 19, 2016, 07:11:46 PM »
LOL Tom, I've mentioned it a number of times, including in this recent message.
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« Reply #31 on: September 19, 2016, 08:00:20 PM »
LOL Tom, I've mentioned it a number of times, including in this recent message.
Yes you have but I was not shopping for ukuleles at the time so I paid no attention. I decided I want to get a soprano, a concert and a tenor so I have been doing a lot of shopping and reading. I bought a great beginners book today:
The Complete What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know by Barry Maz. He runs a web site called Got A Ukulele that looks to be a great resource, but you probably know all about them.
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« Reply #32 on: September 19, 2016, 08:09:59 PM »
I don't get a lot from some of these books, and gain just a few snippets from some of the web sites and blogs. But we all learn in different ways.
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« Reply #33 on: September 19, 2016, 08:19:35 PM »
I don't expect to get a lot from these resources but I am a knowledge freak and when I get into something I tend to read everything I can find about the subject. When I learned drums and guitar it was almost impossible to find teachers. There was no Internet, no YouTube, no magazines, very few books and very few teachers. Because of this I am going overboard learning. When I was in high school there were only two other guitarists in the whole school. Now a days women swallow small guitars so their baby can come out of the womb strumming a guitar. Besides that I am retired and I have a lot of spare time. ;D
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« Reply #34 on: September 21, 2016, 08:03:56 PM »
I just ordered a book of Beatle songs arranged for uke. I was able to look at the first few songs online and the arrangements are pretty accurate. I can play most of the songs on guitar with my eyes closed but for only $5 it will be a blessing to have all the uke chords spelled out for me.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1423430131/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1LFSE1IE6PRVF&coliid=I2IRTB1GUS18O5
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« Reply #35 on: September 21, 2016, 08:08:19 PM »
I have that book at home.

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That page says $9.99 Kindle and &19.92 paperback  ???

Edit: Must be a 'used' price.
 
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« Reply #36 on: September 21, 2016, 08:38:18 PM »
I almost always buy used books, cds and dvds from Amazon. I am always happy with the condition and the price. I have bought a bunch of DVDs for a penny. Shipping is $4 so you can't really go wrong. I don't need to have it brand new.
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« Reply #37 on: September 21, 2016, 08:47:01 PM »
Nowt wrong with that. I prefer to buy books new and keep stuff forever, usually in good condition. OTOH I've occasionally bought used when new wasn't available. I even bought a used baritone uke a few months ago  ;D
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« Reply #38 on: September 21, 2016, 09:13:02 PM »
My problem is I live in a very small motorhome and I buy a lot of stuff. I usually donate my books and dvds to the local library when I am done with them. If I bought new and kept everything I would have to sleep on the roof. I do buy all my instruments new since I plan on keeping them. Speaking of which, my 8 string arrives on Friday. A lot of my electronic stuff is reconditioned.
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« Reply #40 on: September 23, 2016, 07:46:03 PM »
And the verdict is  ???
it did not show up until an hour ago so I only have had an hour to play it. I like it a lot. It doesn't really sound like a uke to me, sounds like a 12 string guitar with a capo on it. I thought it would be harder to play but it is not harder. A 12 string guitar is much harder to play than a 6 string, especially when barring chords. It is different for sure but a great addition to my uke collection. I can't wait until I fix it so it doesn't go out of tune. That will take a few more days. I am very sensitive to pitch and an out of tune instrument drives me nuts. I almost explode when I hear an out of tune piano. So I have to stop and tune it every few minutes, but that won't last long. This is the one I got:

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« Reply #41 on: September 23, 2016, 08:06:42 PM »
Sounds like you may have perfect pitch, Tom.  Our band director in high school very somberly told us that one of our band members, a clarinet and violin player, had perfect pitch.  He explained it and told us how rare it was.  That was many (MANY) years ago, but I have never forgotten how impressed and touched we were by her gift.

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« Reply #42 on: September 23, 2016, 08:09:24 PM »
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It doesn't really sound like a uke to me, sounds like a 12 string guitar ...


Someone made a similar comment when I played my 8-string uke at our singalong last Saturday.

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I thought it would be harder to play but it is not harder.

No reason it should be harder; Just  press two strings with each finger instead of one.

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I can't wait until I fix it so it doesn't go out of tune. ... I have to stop and tune it every few minutes...

What strings does it have? Even the best strings will take almost a week of daily playing to stop stretching (and stay in tune). The other factor that might cause it to go out of tune frequently is the tuners; Don't know which tuners the OS has.

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This is the one I got:

Hope you're happy with it. The only OS uke that I bought was a piece of crap. We get what we pay for; A Kala 8-string costs twice what the OS costs, and there's a reason for that.
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« Reply #43 on: September 23, 2016, 08:21:58 PM »
No reason it should be harder; Just  press two strings with each finger instead of one.
Basically I thought that because a 12 string is harder to play than a 6 string.
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What strings does it have? Even the best strings will take almost a week of daily playing to stop stretching (and stay in tune). The other factor that might cause it to go out of tune frequently is the tuners; Don't know which tuners the OS has.
It has the Aquila Supernylbut. I don't know what kind of tuners it has, they are not marked and none of the literature mentions it.
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This is definitely not a piece a crap. Not a Rolls Royce either but good enough for my purposes. I don't subscribe to the you get what you pay for theory. A Rolex costs a few hundred times more than a Timex but it does not keep more accurate time, nor does it necessarily even look better. It is only for showing off how rich you are.
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« Reply #44 on: September 23, 2016, 08:56:46 PM »
Aquila (Nylgut) strings are good strings! If they don't settle in a week or less, something else is wrong.

The reason I asked about the tuners is that the best I've seen are the pheg tuners on my concert Fluke; That uke has been (accidentally) kicked across the room several times, and it never goes out of tune. I wish my 8-string Kala had them, although it does a good job of staying in tune. El cheapo Chinese tuners, such as on the OS I bought, can't stay in tune.

I'll have more info on this subject after our planned upcoming group visit to the Kala factory.

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I've never owned a Rolex. Many years ago my BIL repaired watches and, when he took my 10-year old Timex apart, he said "all the internal bits are rusty". No surprise to me, because I never took it off, even to shower. I told him to just fix it, which he did.

Several years ago we were having dinner with an RVer who kept flashing his "$X,000 Rolex" watch under my nose. I finally flashed my $34 Costco watch under his nose; That watch is still working and keeps time. No surprise to me because ...

FWIW I was in the watch chip biz in the 70's and 80's, and understand what makes them "accurate". Not rocket science.
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« Reply #45 on: September 23, 2016, 09:09:21 PM »
I am not worried about the tuners, they will settle down. If not I will upgrade to a Kala.

I also understand how watches keep time too. Quartz vibrates at a reliable frequency. Like I said Rolexes are all about bragging about how rich you are. For some reason many rich people feel a need to flaunt their wealth thinking that it puts them in some special class. I have some rich relatives and they simply don't impress me. Give me a Timex anyday. That is why I started with an OS. If that doesn't work I will sell it and upgrade.

Meanwhile I started my own uke group the other day, the Boggy Creek Swampers. We are going to have a meetup on the second
Friday of each month. I have three locals that have joined already. There is a club house at my park that I can use for free and I have a web site and a Facebook page set up already. A week ago I didn't even own a uke.
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« Reply #47 on: September 23, 2016, 09:42:00 PM »
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I also understand how watches keep time too. Quartz vibrates at a reliable frequency.

That's part of it. Starting with a sufficiently high crystal frequency, dividing by two numerous times means that, even if the starting frequency is off, the result of the division is predictable (and any error is very small).

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« Reply #48 on: September 24, 2016, 04:31:47 AM »
And some folks use a pick (felt or plastic).
I lasted three days strumming with my fingers before I switched over to using a plastic pick. I don't like finger picking and I probably have used a pick 99% of the time with a guitar. Not only does it feel better for me but it sounds better to me.
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« Reply #49 on: September 24, 2016, 05:28:25 AM »
Sounds like you may have perfect pitch, Tom.  Our band director in high school very somberly told us that one of our band members, a clarinet and violin player, had perfect pitch.  He explained it and told us how rare it was.  That was many (MANY) years ago, but I have never forgotten how impressed and touched we were by her gift.
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« Reply #50 on: September 24, 2016, 05:32:36 AM »
I ordered the number one seller in Ukulele songbooks, The Daily Ukulele. You probably already have it.

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« Reply #51 on: September 24, 2016, 07:57:37 AM »
I have a couple of copies, one at our CA home and one at our OH place. Also have Jim  Beloff's ssequel, Daily Ukulele Leap Year.  Personally, I don't like many of his arrangements, but they're still nice  books to have. All the members of one of the uke groups I belong to have the first book; They go around the room: "my turn, let's all play page 268". That way, everyone gets their choice and everyone has the same music. For folks who don't yet know the chords, he includes fingering diagrams on each page.

One group I joined I quit after one session; No two people had or played the same music. Some folks were even playing in a different key, or were singing different lyrics.
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« Reply #52 on: September 24, 2016, 08:26:56 AM »
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I lasted three days strumming with my fingers before I switched over to using a plastic pick.

Some folks use a felt pick with those nylon (or Nylgut) strings, although I've seen some use plastic. Holding a pick is not natural for me, but long time guitar players do it automatically when they switch to playing uke. I've also seen some of them use a thumb pick. I'm the opposite, and strum a guitar with my fingers, and the same with my banjo and banjo uke; Probably because I learned to strum the uke with my fingers before picking up the other instruments.

The 'clean' notes are very apparent when someone plays single notes with a pick v a finger.
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« Reply #53 on: September 24, 2016, 08:44:01 AM »
I have a couple of copies, one at our CA home and one at our OH place. Also have Jim  Beloff's ssequel, Daily Ukulele Leap Year.  Personally, I don't like many of his arrangements, but they're still nice  books to have. All the members of one of the uke groups I belong to have the first book; They go around the room: "my turn, let's all play page 268". That way, everyone gets their choice and everyone has the same music. For folks who don't yet know the chords, he includes fingering diagrams on each page.

One group I joined I quit after one session; No two people had or played the same music. Some folks were even playing in a different key, or were singing different lyrics.
I used to be in a group at the Grand Canyon that had the worst music books in the world. The ranger that ran the event had a dozen of these books. They were all in the wrong key, very small type, wrong chords and not a very good selection of songs. I gave up on using the books since I could not read it and just faked my way through every song. If my group is successful I will probably copy a bunch of cool songs and make my own songbooks to hand out. I will buy the sequel if I like the original.
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« Reply #54 on: September 24, 2016, 08:46:24 AM »
Some folks use a felt pick with those nylon (or Nylgut) strings, although I've seen some use plastic. Holding a pick is not natural for me, but long time guitar players do it automatically when they switch to playing uke. I've also seen some of them use a thumb pick. I'm the opposite, and strum a guitar with my fingers, and the same with my banjo and banjo uke; Probably because I learned to strum the uke with my fingers before picking up the other instruments.

The 'clean' notes are very apparent when someone plays single notes with a pick v a finger.
I have never been able to use thumb picks and I have tried and given up a few times. A plastic pick feels natural in my hands since I have been using one since the Johnson administration.
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« Reply #55 on: September 24, 2016, 12:41:59 PM »
Save $$ on books ... check out the links to numerous sources for online music & lyrics I posted here: Thousands of songs, A number of the sites, including Chordie, allow you to change instruments, tuning, and key on the fly.
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« Reply #56 on: September 24, 2016, 01:24:11 PM »
Save $$ on books ... check out the links to numerous sources for online music & lyrics I posted here: Thousands of songs, A number of the sites, including Chordie, allow you to change instruments, tuning, and key on the fly.
Wow that is mindblowing. I looked at all the links and each one take you to hundreds of songs. Some people are really dedicated to the ukelele. Thanks for sharing that and thanks for putting that together. I have bookmarked it and will definitely be using it. The Ukulizer site is offline. That sounded interesting.
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« Reply #57 on: September 24, 2016, 01:26:03 PM »
There are two separate threads about my uke playing. Could you combine them please?
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« Reply #58 on: September 24, 2016, 01:30:04 PM »
Glad you found it useful. I figured you'd be doing a lot of reading and absorbing. It always blows me away when I need chords for a song and I'm able to look it up so easily.. If I don't like an arrangement, I can easily change it once I have the starting lead sheet.

I'll check on the ukalizer site when we stop for the night. Hope they haven't gone away permanently.
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« Reply #59 on: September 24, 2016, 01:35:37 PM »
It is so much easier to learn an instrument today than it was when I first started. Some of those web sites represent thousands of hours of labor. I am surprised no one has put up a master list of songs.
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« Reply #60 on: September 24, 2016, 01:36:53 PM »
I planned to do that when I split one off last night, but I was on my tablet (as I am now, going down the freeway). I dislike trying to do anything productive without keyboard and mouse. Too easy to screw things up.

Never mind, I merged them, although some folks might be confused trying to follow a "single" discussion.
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« Reply #61 on: September 24, 2016, 02:10:26 PM »
Thanks, but you did spell my name wrong in the title. As you say it is too easy to screw things up on a tablet. That is why I rarely type on my phone. Since this is my baptism does that mean someone in a fancy robe is going to pour water on my head?
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« Reply #63 on: September 24, 2016, 02:27:00 PM »
Looks like the Ukulizer site was deliberately disabled, although I'm not sure why. Either they didn't pay their bills, or they're giving the site a makeover  ???
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« Reply #65 on: September 24, 2016, 04:48:23 PM »
OK Tom I have a problem and I want your opinion (and anyone else's opinion who wishes to chime in). My plan is to buy three ukuleles. A soprano, a concert and a tenor. I have the soprano that I really love. It is a Mitchell MU100CE. It has a glossy finish and looks awesome and plays awesome.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Mitchell/MU100CE-Acoustic-Electric-Concert-Ukulele-Natural-Koa-1316478161867.gc

I have a tenor 8 string that I like but I will replace it someday in the future since it does not have a built in tuner and it is not as pretty as many others I have seen. It is an Oscar Schmidt OU28TE 8-String. It is ok but not exceptional like the Mitchell.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IIV3K0U/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I am having a tough time deciding which concert to buy. There are two that I like equally so I am wondering which one you would choose or do you have another suggestion. The first one is a Ortega Guitars RFU11ZE which is a beautiful zebrawood but it is satin and not gloss. I much prefer gloss. Yes they are fingerprint magnets but I always wipe my instruments down before putting them back in the case.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0067YX4OC/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1LFSE1IE6PRVF&coliid=IX6KSSB8FF112

The other one is a gloss. It is a Kala KA-CGE and it is about the same price.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ETCPCH6/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1LFSE1IE6PRVF&coliid=I3W37OCDNEZW7

I have until next Friday to figure this out. Thanks for looking.

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« Reply #66 on: September 24, 2016, 05:46:13 PM »
I don't go for gloss and glitter, preferring to choose by sound, so I'm probably not qualified to offer advice. I smile when I hear someone compliment someone's uke because it looks nice, even (if) it doesn't sound good. But l know you'd have a better (more discerning) ear than most buyers.

My go-to 4-string concert is a Fluke by Flea Market Music (the same Jim Beloff who writes those uke books we talked about). Some folks are turned off by the polypropelene body, painted wood top, and strange shape, but it has a great tone. And those pheg tuners never move. Not sure if they offer it with a pre-amp, but I don't play my stringed instruments through an amplifier (another story).

A decent choice for an all-wood concert would be an Islander, which is available with electronics: The same company as the expensive Kanile'a, but they make the Islander in China and it sells for around $250. One caveat, I've only played/listened to their concert. The owner of Kanile'a once put one of his $2K/$2.5K ukes in my hands, but I was scared I'd have an accident with it.

I've played other expensive ukes, including a Martin (loaned by a friend), but I couldn't justify spending that much.

One suggestion for whichever concert you buy, consider changing out the g string for a 'low g'. I haven't done so, but it makes a more mellow sound on the multiple ones I've heard.

I'm partial to Kala, but only for the models I own. I played and listened to them quite a bit, and took along someone esle for an opinion, before buying.
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« Reply #67 on: September 24, 2016, 07:39:32 PM »
I do go for gloss and glitter and bling. I always have bought beautiful instruments. The prettier they are the more often I will play them. I spend a lot of time staring at my instruments and I love beauty. If I owned Trigger it would sit in the closet and never get played. As far as sound goes it really doesn't matter much to me. I am suppose to be wearing hearing aids because I have lost my high frequency hearing. I stopped wearing them a year ago because I have been spending a lot of time listening to my surround sound discs and with the hearing aids on it distorts unless I play it really quietly and that ain't going to happen. It is kind like if I was going to go to the prom and I had my choice of taking Jennifer Aniston or Rosanne Barr who would I take? Let me think about that for a few minutes and see if I can figure it out. I am thinking the Kala is going to win. Thanks for your opinions.
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« Reply #68 on: September 24, 2016, 07:59:27 PM »
That's funny; I wouldn't take Rosanne Barr either  ;D   OTOH I'm lucky enough to have all the beauty I need in front of me day and night, and have no desire to take someone else to any event.

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« Reply #69 on: September 24, 2016, 08:13:21 PM »
I did check out the Islanders and could not find one with a pickup in it. A pickup and tuner is my first requirement. I am planning on doing some recording and I much prefer direct input. Another thing I want is sealed tuners.
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« Reply #70 on: September 24, 2016, 08:22:09 PM »
I know that Islander ukes are available with electronics. I was with our MD when he played and bought one, and he still plays it. Drop them an email via their web site and ask.
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« Reply #71 on: September 24, 2016, 08:38:27 PM »
I found them on their website. Damn they are some fine looking guitars. Unfortunately they all have open tuners and satin finish.
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« Reply #72 on: September 25, 2016, 02:10:29 PM »
Since you've switched to a plastic pick, do you plan to put pick guards on your ukes? You wouldn't (want) them to look like Willie Nelson's guitar  :o

When I looked for them, I came to the conclusion I'd need to buy guitar ones and cut them to fit. Meanwhile I didn't buy any since I rarely use a pick.
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« Reply #73 on: September 25, 2016, 02:20:45 PM »
Since you've switched to a plastic pick, do you plan to put pick guards on your ukes? You wouldn't them to look like Willie Nelson's guitar  :o

When I looked for them, I came to the conclusion I'd need to buy guitar ones and cut them to fit. Meanwhile I didn't buy any since I rarely use a pick.
I don't think I will need a pick guard. I don't pick with enough ferocity to warrant one. If it starts looking like Trigger I might reconsider it. But the main hole in Trigger was caused by his fingernails. But then again Trigger is one of the most valuable guitars of all time so it is not all bad. In the world of guitars for some strange reason the more it looks played the more valuable it is.

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« Reply #74 on: September 25, 2016, 02:22:31 PM »
I went looking for a low G string and the only one I found on the Internet was $10. Three for the string and seven for shipping. So I went to a local music store this morning and they don't sell individual uke strings so I will just pass on it for now.
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« Reply #75 on: September 25, 2016, 02:29:10 PM »
Actually I hate the look of pick guards and when I buy a guitar with one on it then the first thing I do is remove it.
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« Reply #76 on: September 25, 2016, 02:40:17 PM »
One of my ukes (the Fluke with painted wood top) is showing the effects of my fingernails because I didn't install a guard. It's only a matter of time before my other ukes show the signs.

Edit: More correctly, this is the result of finger oils; I have naturally very "oily" skin so, when my finger/thumb lands on the 'top' (at the end of a strum), finger oils are transferred.
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« Reply #77 on: September 25, 2016, 03:00:52 PM »
Then it is just a good excuse to buy new ukuleles. ;D
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« Reply #78 on: September 25, 2016, 03:07:11 PM »
They all have a long way to go. I've bought enough ukes to last me a while  ;D

A couple of band members (husband and wife) have 12 grandkids, and they bought 9 of them ukes for Christmas.
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« Reply #79 on: September 25, 2016, 03:22:48 PM »
Scratches on the top plate really don't have an affect on the sound. Even Trigger still sounds good.
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« Reply #80 on: September 25, 2016, 03:29:56 PM »
I don't have scratches on any ukes, and there's no change in sound.
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« Reply #81 on: September 25, 2016, 05:15:02 PM »
I always keep my instruments in perfect shape. When I sell them they always look like they are brand new. This comes from years of trading in and buying new ones I have learned to handle them with kid gloves. I was going to brag that my bass is in perfect shape without a mark of any kind due to picking but then I realized I have never used a pick on it. I pluck it with my fingers.
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« Reply #82 on: October 04, 2016, 07:01:28 AM »
My soprano uke showed up last night and I am in love. It is my favorite uke so far. Now I have a soprano, a concert and a tenor in my collection. I think I am done buying ukes. The Lanikai is going to be my go to uke, I like it that much. So beautiful and it sounds great and is easy to play. What a deal.

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« Reply #83 on: October 04, 2016, 07:45:31 AM »
Congrats. A Lanikai soprano was my first uke. It turned out to be too short for me, and I sold it to a lady in the band; Five years later she's still playing it. I bought two additional Lanikai concerts as loaners for our beginners class.
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« Reply #84 on: October 04, 2016, 08:11:21 AM »
I am glad it is the right size for me. I love it.
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« Reply #85 on: October 05, 2016, 07:53:06 AM »
I am watching an episode of Saturday Night Live from 2011 and Abby Elliott appears in a skit playing Zooey Deschanel and she is playing a Lanikai soprano that looks identical to mine. How cool. It is almost the exact same size as a violin. I studied violin in college in the 60s and when I pick this uke up I have the urge to put in under my chin and get a bow. :D
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« Reply #86 on: October 15, 2016, 01:10:04 PM »
I went to my third uke meetup this morning and had a great time. I met a gentleman who had a Martin soprano and he let me play it. It was nice but my old ears could not hear any difference between it and my cheaper soprano. He also had a bass uke which he also let me play it. I am in love. Gotta get one soon. I thought a bass uke would be an oxymoron but it is not. It is really cool. Very easy to play.
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« Reply #87 on: October 15, 2016, 01:16:21 PM »
I've thought about a bass uke on several occasions, but every time I try one in a store, they seem to have goofy strings. I'll look a little closer when we visit the Kala factory next month.
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« Reply #88 on: October 15, 2016, 01:36:59 PM »
I play my bass guitar every day and the strings felt perfect to me. But I can see how it would be strange if you had not spent a lot of time playing one. I was amazed at how much it sounded like my bass guitar. Hadean makes a bass for less than half the price of the Kala Ubass so that is the one I will be getting. It gets great reviews.

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« Reply #89 on: October 15, 2016, 04:57:39 PM »
I have been thinking about this bass uke all afternoon long. I can't wait to get my hands on mine. I will order one on payday this week and it will be here next weekend. It is combining my two favorite instruments. I was shocked at how good it sounded. I need to take some time before I order it anyhow to check out as many basses as possible to make sure I get the right one.
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« Reply #90 on: October 28, 2016, 10:40:33 PM »
I got my bass uke a few days ago and I had a problem playing it. I don't use a pick when playing bass I pluck with my index and middle fingers. On my Hofner bass I anchor my thumb on the top of the neck pickup for stability. Since the uke bass has a pickup that is located inside the body there is nothing to anchor my thumb on making it difficult for me to play. I went to Home Depot this morning and bought a piece of wood and attached it to the body and now it is playable. There are other bass players who don't anchor their thumb and have no problem but since I have always played with my thumb anchored it was not easy for me to play that way. Here is a photo of my Hofner and my uke bass with my modification.
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« Reply #91 on: October 29, 2016, 12:38:55 PM »
I have a meetup today at 6pm about 50 miles away. The World Series starts at 8pm and I am a huge Cubs fan since I was born and raised in Chicago and my dad was a Cubs fan. He used to take me to Wrigley Field. Watching the games brings back memories of my dad. So I am going to have to miss the first hour of the series so I don't miss the meetup. I am currently listening to my Jake CD to get me into the mood. ;D
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« Reply #92 on: October 29, 2016, 01:57:03 PM »
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« Reply #93 on: October 29, 2016, 08:59:58 PM »
Have fun.
Fun? I hit the jackpot. This was my fifth meetup and by far the very best. This is a group that has been meeting for years and they have it down cold. This is the Space Coast Ukulele Club and it meets at the Hawaiian Cultural Center. I walked in and the first thing they told me was to take off my shoes. My kind of people. Then they wrote me out a name tag and gave me a sheet with all the main chords diagramed. The leader of the group has an amazing setup. He has about four beautiful ukes, a computer, a microphone and PA and a TV screen on the wall in front of him. He would pick a song, put it on the screen, make sure everyone was comfortable with the chords and then start the song. He would sing and play the song and operate the computer to scroll the lyrics. After we had done about six easy songs to begin we had a dozen or so hula girls get up and do a line dance hula. After several more dances we took a break. Everyone got into a circle and held hands while the leader said a prayer. Then everyone lined up to share in the pot luck meal. They had enough food and drink to feed an army. At this point I declined the food, thanked everyone and hit the road. It was 7:30 and I was an hour from home and the World Series was starting at eight. Really a cool friendly group and I can't wait to go back next month.

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« Reply #94 on: October 30, 2016, 01:44:17 AM »
My hula isn't very good, and I wouldn't dance in public  :-[
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« Reply #95 on: October 30, 2016, 02:52:21 PM »
My hula isn't very good, and I wouldn't dance in public  :-[

I'm with you there. I dance like I'm wearing wooden underwear.
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« Reply #96 on: October 30, 2016, 03:11:42 PM »
I dance like an elephant with 4 left feet.
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« Reply #97 on: October 30, 2016, 03:17:47 PM »
I am just the opposite, I love to dance. I always have all my life. In fact recently someone from my high school class posted a video of a dance party from when I was in the 8th grade. I am the first male you see with dorky glasses and an even dorkier hair cut;

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« Reply #98 on: November 13, 2016, 10:32:33 AM »
I had a rough day yesterday. I had a meetup with a few other ukers to practice for the upcoming Christmas parade we are going to march in. We practiced Christmas songs for three hours. Then in the evening I went to the Space Coast Uke Club for their monthly meetup and near the end I was getting cramps everywhere from sitting in a folding chair for six hours. But I had a blast.
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« Reply #99 on: November 13, 2016, 11:25:09 AM »
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Sounds like fun. Will you be a strumming/singing Santa?

How many folks will play? Just curious, will you be amp'd? Every time we've tried to play &/or sing outdoors with a couple of dozen ukes or more without an amp, the sound doesn't project. As a result, the first question I ask venues that call and ask us to play is "will this event be indoors or outdoors?". The next question is "will the audience be eating &/or drinking?". Our bankoukers might have a chance of projecting, but we don't play banjoukes on Christmas or Hawaiian songs  ;D

Meanwhile, I'd be afraid to have our band march while playing & singing; Many are in their 70's, 80's and even 90's, and we'd end up with some accidents or health issues.
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« Reply #100 on: November 13, 2016, 12:36:01 PM »
Sounds like fun. Will you be a strumming/singing Santa?
I have not decided on what I will wear yet.
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How many folks will play? Just curious, will you be amp'd? Every time we've tried to play &/or sing outdoors with a couple of dozen ukes or more without an amp, the sound doesn't project. As a result, the first question I ask venues that call and ask us to play is "will this event be indoors or outdoors?". The next question is "will the audience be eating &/or drinking?". Our bankoukers might have a chance of projecting, but we don't play banjoukes on Christmas or Hawaiian songs  ;D
I think we have about a dozen. There is a flat bed truck involved that will haul the older and more invalid of the group. I may get myself a small battery powered amp to use. I don't know if they will be drinking. This group did this last year and they had a blast.
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Meanwhile, I'd be afraid to have our band march while playing & singing; Many are in their 70's, 80's and even 90's, and we'd end up with some accidents or health issues.
We do have a lot of younger people in the group and they will be the marchers, the rest of us will be on the truck.
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« Reply #101 on: November 28, 2016, 08:26:40 PM »
Had a practice tonight for the Christmas parade on Saturday. We picked out three songs and dumbed them down so they are all in the key of C so they flow together nicely. We will just keep on repeating them till we run out of parade route. We have another practice on Wednesday. Three single women there tonight, things are looking up. The three songs are Frosty the Snowman, Deck the Halls and Rocking Around the Christmas Tree. Then we made a recording with our cell phones so we can practice without the group. And Friday night I get to go see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain in Gainesville, their only east coast performance. It is uke week for me. ;D
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« Reply #102 on: November 28, 2016, 09:49:51 PM »
You're making me envious. We're in the MidWest for Thanksgiving through new year, and I miss our weekly ukulele practices. I'll also miss our two December performances by the Delta Strummers. OTOH I've played the uke since being here, and played with a couple of guitarists at the Thanksgiving get together at our place. Time to re-engage with the Buckeye Ukulele Society.
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« Reply #103 on: November 29, 2016, 04:04:40 PM »
I have decided I like my current like up of ukuleles so I decided to take some photographs of the collection for insurance purposes.

I really love my four ukes and I am not planning on changing any of them or adding to the collection. So hopefully I am set for a while.
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« Reply #104 on: December 05, 2016, 06:30:39 AM »
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I had an interesting weekend. Friday night I drove up to Gainesville (three hours) and watched the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain do a show and then drove home. I got to bed at two am and set the alarm for six. I had to get up and drive for an hour to be ready for the Winter Park Christmas Parade. I am on the far left in the flag hat playing bass. We had a great time but I wish the parade would have lasted about an hour longer.
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Re: SeilerBird's ukulele baptism
« Reply #105 on: December 07, 2016, 04:10:46 PM »
Well I am madly in love with my bass uke. The strings only felt strange and rubbery to me for about the first five minutes, then it just became normal and easy to play. At the parade last Saturday that we marched in I volunteered to play bass and everyone approved. After the parade the cute Japanese lady that I have a crush on came up to me to tell me that my bass playing really helped her. She said every time she got lost she just listened for the bass and was able to find out where we were. This group is planning on meeting this Saturday morning at a catering truck that is parked in downtown Winter Park for a jam session. There are actually two catering trucks parked there. One is a coffee truck and one is a pastrami truck. So I am going to take sheet music for Hot Pastrami this week. The song was originally a hit by the Dartells whom went to the same high school as me. They used to play at all the school dances. It was strange looking back at the fact that there were rock and roll artists walking around my high school. I did not appreciate it at the time, it just seemed normal to me.
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Re: SeilerBird's ukulele baptism
« Reply #106 on: December 07, 2016, 04:46:08 PM »
The bass always sets the beat for the uke strumming.
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