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Buying a Ukulele

Buying a ukulele in a shop used to be a very dispiriting experience. You’d see walls packed with guitars and a couple of ukuleles collecting dust in the corner. Fortunately, that situation is slowly changing. But you can still find a much wider and better ukulele selection online. [more…]


How to Maintain Your Ukulele

Playing your ukulele regularly is the best thing you can do to keep it in good shape. Ukuleles are meant to be played, and a good uke opens up (sounds better) the more you play it. That said, to keep your uke sounding good, a certain amount of care and maintenance is required. [more…]

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5 Positions of the F Minor Pentatonic Scale When Playing Guitar

The pentatonic minor scale is the principal scale used in rock and blues guitar soloing. As its name implies, it consists of five notes (unlike common major and minor scales, which consist of seven notes [more…]

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How to Find the Correct Fret for Barre Chords on Your Guitar

Most movable barre chords on the guitar are either E-based, meaning they get their names from the notes you play on the 6th (low E) string, or A-based, [more…]

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4 Essential Guitar Effects

After you master the techniques of playing chords and notes smoothly and cleanly on the guitar, you can turn your attention to the external processing of your sound through effects — those magical little [more…]

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10 Iconic Guitars

No musical instrument offers a greater variety of appearance, function, and sound than a guitar. Whether it’s the quietly elegant Ramirez, the smoothly debonair D’Angelico, or the raucously funky Telecaster [more…]

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Attempting More Complex Chords on the Ukulele

Once you have a basic knowledge and proficiency on the ukulele, you will probably want to attempt more complex chords. Generally speaking, major, minor and seven chords each have their own distinct characteristics [more…]

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