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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Ukulele Advice

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A Friend of Bill W.
Nov 7th, 2017 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Capos are a pain, I’ve been sitting in with the song farmers circle. These old time music guys use a lot of capos. Like they know 5 maybe 7 chords and move the thing around so they can play the same cowboy chords in various keys.

I can transpose fairly fast, being primarily a bass player I’ve gotten used to figureing out the root, and some melodies based on chords guitar players are using at various positions. Not so much with guitar to uke though.

Getting to know the uke’s finger board a little better would help me out tremendously. That’s where the capo at the fifth fret comes in. The D made at the 7th fret of the guitar is a G, by way of the uke I can learn more about other position guitar chords and vice a versa “o)

Now the banjo, it freaks me out a bit. Off tunings are tougher than the mess the capo causes. “o) Somethimes I think I should of taken up the piano, with all the notes laid out in black and white and the intervals clearly obvious.

I should have studied music theory a bit more. I’ll listen to the guitar guys talk about this scale or progression the crazy suffixes added to chords and feel I know nothing. Then they start playing and I’m fine, I know music but not so much the language of it’s theories. 7 notes with 12 intervals an yet libraries are filled with books about it. Freaky how we like to make things so complicated “o)

I made this one using a gourd.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Nov 15th, 2017 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As is to be suspected, there are so many good and bad ukuleles in Hawaii that you have to be very careful. Even a Kamaka can be dead and plunky if not cared for.

I have an assortment from expensive to cheap. My favorite knock around is a thin line no name tenor from an outfit called Honolulu Ukulele company. Bought it at the swap meet for 100 bucks. If I lose it, if the waves take it away on the beach.. cool.

My lady has a refurbished 1958 Kamaka soprano. It was a wreck when we found it on her mothers bedroom high shelf like so many Hawaii houses have. Cracked top, lifted bridge, frozen tuners. At least Kamaka fixes ANY of their uke's for $209.00 regardless of the damages. I got a new top, a total refinish to remove the black gunk, reset bridge and new tuners for that amount. A deal for a probably 1500 buck vintage ukulele. Course, I had to wait 10 months to get it back so is the backlog of work, but it was worth the wait.

Old ukes tell a story. This Kamaka was a womans ukulele, you can tell by the fingernail gouges on the fretboard..

I've been playing ukulele for almost 20 yrs now, and STILL have trouble with the chord names and shapes from so much guitar...;-)

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