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8/1/15 1:53 P

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Okay with that said... It is tuned to high G.. It is higher than the C and the E. I recently bought a concert Ukulele and the strings are fat as far as I'm concerned. I may see if I can change them out for some thinner ones. My cheap Mahalo soprano uke is my favorite to play. The strings are just perfect. And it feels great in my hands. I was thinking about getting one more...The flea sounds awesome, although I think the Mahalo is a flea sized Ukulele... :D

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8/1/15 1:05 P

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Tuning:

Standard "Reentry" ukulele tuning: The G string is higher in tone than the C or E.
This gives the ukulele it high bright sound. It is the standard for Soprano ukes.

With the G string tuned low, your tuning goes from low to high. Most stringed instruments are tuned Low to High. Some Concert uke and most Tenor ukes have this style tuning.

As far as your tuner is concerned, it will read the some for either tuning.

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7/31/15 8:20 P

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I have no idea what that means. When I tune it the tuner turns green.. That's about all I can tell you! LOL I sent you the website where I got The Last of Us Theme.



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7/31/15 2:43 P

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Nola

How do you have your ukulele tuned? High or Low G?

What strum pattern are you using, what is the order of the strings you are plucking?

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7/31/15 9:40 A

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I am truly loving arpeggio type music. I have come so far in such a short time. Op. 6, No. 19, is a great piece and I've just learned "The Last of Us Theme". It's just so beautiful.

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Remember, for barre chords:

1, Get your thumb solidly behind the chord and a bit further up toward the tuners so you get some leverage and not totally a squeeze when your thumb is right behind the barre.

2. Tuck you uke in and hold tight with your strum arm. Push with your barre finger. This lets some of your pressure just come from pushing back on the uke.

Its not all squeezing of the chord hand. If you just do a squeeze, the web of you hand will soon complain.

Learn to make the barre with you index finger. Some, people want to start with their middle finger. By using the index you are ready to play chords up the fretboard as you skills improve.

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Thanks.. Although I am continuing to play, the ones you suggested should make a world of difference. :D

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4/8/15 12:47 A

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YES
New ukulele's need to be kept in tune, which for a while means constant re-tuning. Eventually, they will settle in. You want them to settle in to a tuned position, so keep them tuned. At first it can be tune ever 15 minutes then it stretches out to an infrequent tuning. Eventually, just when you first pick it up to play.

Sore fingers: I teach my new students a three chord strum that helps save the end of their tender fingers and lets them practice strumming.

Play: A chord; barred 2nd fret*; barred 4th fret*; back to the A chord, one measure of each. It makes a fun little strum pattern and you can sing : It Never Rains In Southern California to it if you wish. Out here I CA I call it the "Rain Dance"

* (Barred 2nd fret is a Bm7 and the barred 4th is a C#m7 if you need names )

Happy Strummin'


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I got two Ukulele's today. One is a Firebrand the other is Mahalo. I have virtually spent the whole afternoon trying to keep them in tune! I really like the feel of both of them much better than the Baritone! That is just too big for my hands. I cannot find a strum group anywhere near me. The closest one is about 40 mins away. That's just too far for me to drive.

The lesson book I am using is Alfred's Teach yourself to play. It came with both DVD and CD, the Uke a plastic bag and new strings. I had to stop playing once I hit the 30th page. My fingers are totally sore! LOL ButI love playing them!



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4/4/15 11:49 A

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Welcome to the team ! Aloha! emoticon Kia ora!

Our "Happenings" topic is where we hang out. Let us know what is the latest happening with you and ukuleles.

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Hi, Everyone

I'm not new on Spark but am back after many years. I lost 30lbs about 2 years ago. I've been playing ukulele self taught for about two years I have a Kala Tenor and a beautiful spalted mango concert ukulele. I love them both though.

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4/2/15 4:38 P

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Hello Uke players. I am new to this team, but have been on SP since July 2014. I have lost 37 pounds and I'm now following a maintenance path. I'm looking forward to chatting with you and meeting new Spark Friends.

I have had a Baritone Uke for several years. I thought I wanted to play the guitar, so I put it down and picked up the guitar. I have decided that the guitar is not for me and have picked up my Uke again! I just ordered a Soprano Uke and will start playing that one in a few days! Until then, I am playing my Baritone Uke.

I also just recently found a man that I just cannot get enough of. He died when he was only 38 y/o, but man does his music live on! He has a voice that mesmerizes you and he plays the Uke like its no big deal! Check him out!! HIs name is Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole. The big man with a little Ukulele.

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2/9/15 11:07 P

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emoticon Aloha,
And welcome to our little ukulele group and the joy of ukulele.

Most of our discussion can be found on the "Ukulele Happenings" topic site.
Also, I posted some simple lesson for beginner levels on the lesson page.

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2/9/15 2:55 P

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Hello all!! I am new to spark people and new to ukulele!!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Ukers

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Hi All -

I'm new to ukulele. I took a few group lessons in the fall, enough to get some basic chords, but there's still plenty of room for improvement! Looking forward to hearing any tips you all have to share!



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Wow! 60+ years, and I have only been playing a month.....I am impressed!


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Welcome to Ukulele. Always glad to have new players.

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Uke is a fun instrument. It has been my string instrument for 60+ years along with marimba. Tell us what you are doing on Uke Happenings.
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Hi! I started playing the uke about a month ago. New to the string instruments; I've played clarinet all my like. But the uke is such fun I don't know when to stop playing.


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I am who I was born
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Welcome to the Happy Strummers!

I started helping three new strummers last March. Claimed that I'd been a beginner for 60 years and hand a handle on beginning uke playing. That group has grown to at least eight and are what I'd term "Advancing Beginners" They are catching up to me with their skills. (Not hard). Next Tuesday we'll discuss where the group goes from here; genre, and new skills like picking.

AND, I'm on tap to start another beginner group. Have 5+ adults that are interested in learning to play this fun little instruments.

Uke has come to dominate my life in the past year. Its okay, I resigned from a big volunteer job in October. so, I've got something else to fill my Retired schedule.



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Hi... I started playing the uke last August when my partner was beginning a long series of radiations and surgery for a rare cancer in her leg. As a recovery distraction she was going to get her guitar fixed but ended up buying a baritone uke and I didn't want to leave the store without one too. So I bought a Kala TG, a spur of the moment decision, but a very good decision.

I've always wanted to play an instrument, piano, violin, trumpet, flute and guitar. I was never very good at guitar or had the stickiness required to get much past beginner level on other instruments. But now I have a uke and I can't put it down.

E has recovered from her treatment and is about ready to return to work. So, as sucky as all that cancer stuff has been these past six months, it brought us two ukes and so much joy. She strums chords, I pick the melody. We sound awesome.

Right now I'm working on Norwegian Wood. I'm also thinking about an upgrade.

Also, I lost 35 pounds before August last year, but have managed to regain about 15 due to the inability to focus on less food and more activity. So, I'm back here to smarten up about food and I think playing uke is going to help me with that. ;)

Thanks for starting this team. And Happy New Year to you and yours.





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Ukulele players are one of the faster growing groups. I thought maybe there were some players on Sparkpeople who enjoy their instrument and would enjoy sharing.

So, here's your chance to speak up.

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Hi
I'm an old guy who has been a beginning uke player for about 60 years. Mostly I amuse myself with the uke. But I enjoy getting involved with several local ukulele groups in my area. Always enjoy a good jam.

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