(1 replies, posted in Other string instruments)

Really only two ways to strum... up and down. smile

up-up-down-up, down-up-down-up, down down up down... just play with it, you'll get a feel for it. Us a pick, or just the backs of your fingernails... interesting sound when you use all four fingers. Check youtube for some examples of different styles.

On the uke, you can also pluck all four strings at once for a harp-like effect, or make a moving part by plucking the lowest string on the down beat and the other three for the balance.

You can also (with practice!) learn to pluck one string louder than the others, very cool effect to be able to pluck all 4 together and still bring out a particular note for a moving line.

Ukes are fun, have fun with it!


(2 replies, posted in Other string instruments)

The bass is tuned to the same notes (down an octave) as the lower four guitar strings... any guitar chart will work, just ignore the two highest pitched strings.


(11 replies, posted in Electric)

I think Gerald means which *octave* to play in... as written, you'll probably be hanging out around middle C. (I have no idea where that is on a guitar, but I bet someone here will...) As far as effect, you can play it anywhere on the neck you like the sound!

My fiddle is fairly old, and "well loved" by its former owners... there is no finish to speak of on the neck, except for the skin oils it has soaked up over the years. Quite smooth, and feels good to the touch.

Finding the pitches with my left hand came quickly, but I never mastered the art of the bow (and have since moved on to other instruments!). I have a feeling that is the downfall of many potential fiddlers... having an experienced teacher would be helpful when it comes to handling the bow.


(11 replies, posted in Music theory)

Stonebridge wrote:

This is clearly just E minor with a D#. From the stated context (coming between Em and Em7) the D# is almost certainly the result of a descending melody or bass line being represented in the chord of Em.

E minor with a major 7th... very interesting sound.


(18 replies, posted in About Chordie)

Welcome! I really can't do any better than Mr. Harding has:

Russell_Harding wrote:

Yes welcome Pastor Laurence to Chordie we are a large denomination of music lovers and just as the big boss we welcome all even the heathen to our fold lol

Nice sentiment, and certainly the feeling that I take away from my visits here.

I would stick with the capo, I don't think the strings or the neck could stand the stress of being tuned that high.

Dunlop Tortex, I love the finish and feel. I play Uke, so I'm using a bit thinner gauge than most of you! big_smile


(91 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

"The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without commenting."
- T.H. White


(91 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

On beauty: "They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It's a matter of taste. They say beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes way down to the bone. They say a picture  is worth a thousand words. And Helen of Troy launched a thousand ships. There are exotic  beauties. Hidden gems. Diamonds in the rough. The crown jewel. There are beauty queens. Ugly ducklings. Acquired tastes. Late-bloomers. Classic beauties. There are looks that kill.  Looks to die for. Looks that turn heads and looks that stop traffic. But looks aren't  everything. You can't judge a book by its cover. Cuz the prettier the face the dumber the  head. But could be, they're more than just a pretty face. For beauty comes in all shapes  and forms. And it's what's on the inside that really matters. For a thing of beauty is a  joy forever. But remember: The star that burns brightest burns briefest. And every rose has its thorn."
-T. Ishida


(91 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

"But after all we must remember that 'art is art.' Still, on the other hand, water is water, isn't it? And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like apple sauce, they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now, uh - now you tell me what you know." -Groucho Marx


(91 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
-- Henry David Thoreau, "Where I Live"


(58 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Beautiful girl, Mekidsmom. She looks intelligent, I bet she takes to the click training quickly!

I'm sure you've found info online about it, but it is basically "stolen" from dolphin trainer's methods. It associates reward with "good" behavior. It takes patience and daily practice (sounds like guitar), but I have been very pleased with the results for my dog.


(25 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

mekidsmom wrote:

.. but he thinks it looks pretty cool to leave the long ends hanging off and not trim them.  I think it looks like a trip to the eye doctor!

I know a few guitar players who don't trim them but coil the strings into loops about 2-3" across and wind them around themselves as you coil - keeps them under control, and eliminates putting your eye out.

I do the same thing with my uke, because I had a string break once at the bridge. I can just re-knot and pull enough string out of the coil to let me hook back up and keep playing.


(179 replies, posted in Recording)

Happy Birthday, Mr. Harding! You share the day with my wife, it'll make yours easy to remember. wink


(58 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

We have a dog, Max, just over two years old near as we can figure. Two cats (one indoor, one out) and 6 hermit crabs. All "rescue pets". I've had dogs and cats my entire life, can't imagine NOT having a furry friend of some kind around. smile

Mekidsmom; time, love and patience for the dog. Hopefully the pup will begin to de-stress in the new atmosphere, but in the meantime make sure she is monitored closely when the kids are around her. Start click-training, it can really give you control and let you shape her behavior if you stick with it. Good Luck! Always nice to hear about a pet moving from a bad to a good environment.


(8 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

I busked for 4 years (NOT with guitar! big_smile ) and had good days and bad... it happens. Get back out there and strum up some business! The number of people present does not necessarily dictate the size of your "take" at the end of the day.


(6 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

lol Yes, Thanks for the laugh!


(2 replies, posted in Electric)

Detman101 wrote:

It can also lower the action of the guitar if it's cut/shaved right.

If you're gonna cut it down, get two (experience talking here hmm ). Cutting it too low can ADD buzz... but getting it just right will increase the playability of your axe!


(13 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Just to add a couple to the lists already here (which hit most of my favs):

Tonight I'll be staying here with you

I shall be released


(4 replies, posted in About Chordie)

topdown wrote:

I have used Firefox pretty much exclusively for several years now. Although there is the occasional glitch, I have never had any problem on chordie - I stay automatically logged in and cannot recall ever having a problem accessing my songbook.

Same here... no problems!

Theory is not so strict as we all might think. wink It is simply a way to describe what we are doing musically in a common language.

How do we get away from a "strict" key? You can modulate (essentially changing keys) within a song, and you can also borrow related chords into your progression.

In the Beatles' I Feel Fine (key of G), The chorus runs G - Bm - C - D on the first line, and G-Bm - Am - D on the second. Since the Am is the relative minor of C, we say the chord is borrowed.

In Cry Baby Cry, the verse runs down as Em - EmM7 - Em7 - Em6 and lands on C7. That C7 (which we have all head a million times) will never sound so "twangy" to your ear as it does coming at the end of that Em run, falling off the C# in the Em6. (Try substituting a C#°7 for the Em6... same notes: E-G-B-C#. big_smile )


(2 replies, posted in Music theory)

If you're going to playing with a jazz band (read: Horn Section), you'll want to be conversant with B-flat, E-flat, A-flat, and F (as roots) as well as the list above at least.

Great story, MKM!

mekidsmom wrote:

Plus, I really do have the desire and he doesn't quite have it yet.

I can relate to that comment... my daughter is 7, and while she does plunk around occasionally (she can finger two chords, but it takes her a minute to get her fingers in place), she has yet to really get the bug. Patience...


(25 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

geoaguiar wrote:

As you get more into it you'll be able to tell when they need changing; they get flat or dull (for lack of better words).

That's my benchmark, the sound. I find that my strings will "settle in" and get rock-solid on pitch for a while, then as they dull down in tone they will start drifting again, causing me to tune more frequently while playing. Before it turns into a nuisance, I rack up a new set.