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Started by Paul Walters Nov 20, 2013.
Started by susi Lawson. Last reply by susi Lawson May 19, 2013.
Started by Greg Nelson. Last reply by T Willi Dec 30, 2012.
Paul Stoddard, You've probably already made a decision, but I use Aquila strings on wooden ukes and Worths on my reso uke. I have generic strings, whatever they had in the store, on my banjolele.
Just found this soundtrack in you tube, thought it might be interesting...
Julio Pereira is the guest musician for this song in the album Santiago, by The Chieftains.
The song is a Portuguese traditional, played in the original rasgado technique...
What brand of strings do you folks use? What do you think is the best brand?
I was watching TV and fooling with the uke a couple of nights ago. I played a simple C chord and did a little finger style pattern and realised that I had just played the opening to Pete Seeger's Living In The Country. I have played this in D on the guitar, so I went on to figure out the rest of the song. I'm not sure if I'm doing the B part correctly, but I'm gonna check Pete's version on Youtube.Give it a shot. It seems to fall under the fingers pretty easily if you use re-entrant tuning.
You have a point. I understand very well what you mean. You know what? Do exactly as it makes you feel comfortable!
Here's my strap, made from a leather boot lace. I wear it over my right shoulder, the same way I wear my mandolin strap.
I always felt strange sitting down while the other guys were standing. This is an early gig.
I found that with my wooden ukes, I could strum and hold the uke, but when I tried to take a solo, it became awkward. I started bringing a stool for the tunes where I played the uke, but since everyone else in the band was standing, I put a strap on my ukes.
When I got the metal reso-uke, it was far too heavy, so I kept the strap that the previous owner had installed.
I don't know... I'm not much of an uke player, but, one thing I may assure you: If you search in Portugal, where Ukes were invented, then taken to Hawaii by emigrants, you will have a hard time finding someone that uses a strap to hold an uke in place while playing standing up...
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What are your thoughts on straps for playing uke standing up? I know it is not a must, but I am pretty clumsy at times. I've seen a lot of options, wondered what your experience is.
My bandmate in The Maple Leaf Champions Jug Band, Ted Staunton, came over last Sunday and he brought his National guitar, so we tried them out together.
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