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  • #23856
    kawaikawai
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    Let’s dive right in!

    Yesterday I got a new ukulele (Kanile’a KSE-T) and I’m excited to get back into UU+! I spent a little bit of time trying on a few different string sets. The KSE-T came with Aquila Super Nylgut which I thought sounded ok. I was excited to try on the AGxAQ which I thought sounded nice, but couldn’t get used to the green/blue color. I then tried on some Oasis Warm High G which I thought sounded like garbage. Finally settled on Worth CM46 which I think sound really nice, but I would like to try a few more strings before settling into one.

    I have a couple other ukuleles but only room for two to have out in the living room. So I decided to retire the Kala Travel Tenor into the case and kept the Tyde Concert out. The Kala travel was my Low G, and the Tyde was my previous High G so I thought I should switch the Tyde to Low. Currently on the Tyde I have Aquila Reds which I just love on this ukulele. I decided to keep them and just switch out the G. I first tried an old style Oasis Bright Low G, and thought it sounded like garbage. Then I tried a newer style Oasis Warm Low G and love it! I actually would like to get the newer style Bright Low G and try that, but would need to order it.

    I had a few hours in the evening after the little one went to sleep to learn a new song and decided to start with “Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai”. This song has such a beautiful and classic Hawaiian vamp! I am so happy I took the time to learn it finally. I feel like I have the vamp down nicely and need to practice the rest of the song a little bit more. I also am excited to be able to confidently add those ghost notes in and have them feel natural. I get the concept but when I play them it just feels out of place still.

    #23863
    kawaikawai
    Member

    Lunchtime Practice:

    some ukulele clawhammer

    some Hawaiian songs that need a lot more practice

    #23864
    marcgmarcg
    Member

    Nice job! I could never get used to high tension strings. I know they can have a deeper tone but my hands get tired from having to work so hard. I use the D’addario EJ65T Pro-Arté Custom Extruded Ukulele, Tenor.

    Marc

    #23866
    kawaikawai
    Member

    Thanks Marc, I’ll pick up a pack of those and give them a try. Still haven’t found the right strings just yet. I’ve downgraded the Worth CM46 and took them off the Kanile’a. Trying the AGxAQ again until more strings arrive in the mail.

    #23894
    kawaikawai
    Member

    Took a detour from the ukulele this weekend to work on my side project Family Old-Timey Banjo Band!

    #23913
    kawaikawai
    Member

    Tried a few more sets of strings on the instruments and have landed on Oasis Bright Smooth Low G for the Tyde ukulele, and Aquila Red High G for the Kanile’a. Almost all the strings I tried for the Kanile’a produced amazing sound for picking, but felt a little lacking for the strumming. The Reds are the only ones so far that have a nice balance.

    Been practicing a bunch on the previous songs listed. Still working on the ghost notes. Had a few hours last night to start practicing Hallelujah. Pretty easy and fun song arrangement, but hard for me to memorize the chord progressions.

    #23978
    kawaikawai
    Member

    Been working on the same songs as above and trying to tighten those up a bit. Had a few live lessons which were very informative. Now I’m working on the song challenge #5! I’ve been noodling with it all morning and my fingers are feeling it, might need to find some kinder strings.

    #23990
    kawaikawai
    Member

    More practice, more videos.

    Hi’ilawe – Taro Patch

    Working on the Live Lesson Challenge #5 – very rough very early

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    #24043
    kawaikawai
    Member

    Live Lesson Challenge #5 – still working on it:

    kind of turning into a little slack key melody

    uu+ challenge 5 tab

    #24057
    kahai
    Member

    Hey Kawai,

    sounding good. I also wanted to let you know that I’ll add you to the giveaway even if you don’t post to the Live Lesson Challenge topic. I’m looking forward to what else you might do for this challenge or our next Live Lesson Challenge. Keep it up!

    Aloha,
    -Kahai

    #24163
    kawaikawai
    Member

    My little one is learning how to pluck the strings a little clearer and it was time to learn the my dog has fleas song!

    #24509
    kawaikawai
    Member

    Live Lesson Challenge #6 – Chicken Town River Walk

    #24510
    kawaikawai
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    Live Lesson Challenge #7 – Early Version

    My partner and I had our second kid this month, so it’s been a little bit of a challenge to find the time to work on this challenge. I was excited to get something in on time, but I definitely did not find the time to master the slide ukulele for this country feeling song.

    #24511
    kawaikawai
    Member

    Live Lesson Challenge #7 – Chicken Town Sunset

    Still haven’t gotten the slide down, but the sun is setting and it’s time to go home.

    #24738
    kawaikawai
    Member

    Live Lesson Challenge #8 & Old Time Family Banjo Band Continued

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