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I may have to look into one. As for the lessons, amazing Grace is one I teach to my guitar students when they are first learning. Who doesn't know it? Right? Easy song with only two chords.
They come in the FLUKE and the FLEA models.

Fluke is what I got from Ebay. FLEA is a semi-round body. Both can be had for roughly $180 with basic wood, which is available in several finishes. They also make a 4 string Banjolele.

You can go pretty crazy with options, stock wood designs - or custom wood designs, Solid Koa or Solid Spruce soundboards, walnut fret board, upgraded geared tuners (probably a good option), etc. Just as easy to spend $400+ on one of these as it is to spend $200. Not sure I'd want to drop a bundle on a plastic body Uke, but to sit around the bonfire or the pool I'll be happy with what I'm getting.

The basic models, with plywood soundboards and plastic fretboards can be left out without worrying about humidification, etc.
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A uke is still on my radar a few months down the road. For now, i just bought another guitar. Damn ebay. Lmao.
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No Uke practice today. I did some work and aggravated my arthritis in my left wrist. Lots of pain if I move my arm. Not so much if my arm doesn't move. Its all arthritis.

Sort of frustrating. I was hoping to practice Amazing Grace again today. Worked on it a bit yesterday and was unhappy with my progress. Did only "ok" when doing all down strokes. But then progressed to down/down/down/up pattern to add a bit of a jazz sound and I pretty much screwed up the chord changes almost every time. Tried again, same result. Wanted to revisit the same lesson again today but my wrist is too sore to try. Hoping for tomorrow.
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Got through Amazing Grace 3 times, all down strokes, without missing a chord change. My first attempt was my best, slow but basically flawless. The next 2 attempts I had 1 or 2 minor stumbles during the chord changes but managed to pull it off.

Switched to Amazing Grace with a bit of a jazz touch by adding an upstroke after each of the 3rd downstrokes. Made several attempts at it. Totally blew it a couple times and had to stop & restart. Eventually I did OK, not great, certainly not perfect. The upstroke sometimes was accomplished in time, sometimes during the chord change. But MUCH MUCH better than prior attempts.
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Keep at er. The strumming will come eventually in time. I find it more important to concentrate on the chord changes when learning.
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Been practicing with the new "Fluke" ukulele and I'm unsure about it.

#1 - the tone is so very different from my expensive mango Uke that its somewhat off-putting. Clearly many very good Uke players swear by these things and its also clear that I am not the 'tone' expert of Uke players, so I should learn to love it?

#2 - and this is perhaps the only "real" criticism that I can levy against it, the friction tuners don't hold very well. I'm constantly retuning, retuning and retuning again to keep it in tune. There are some screws on the ends that can be used to tighten the tuners and I need to keep fiddling around to find the right combination of tightness and movability. But I think I'd really prefer the upgraded 'geared' tuners. I suppose I can buy those and install them. I'd prefer not to spend $69 for a set of upgraded tuners that drop fit directly into the existing holes.

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On a side note, I did add a strap to this one, and I added some Fluke "Grip Strips" to the backside ... which were recommended by many owners. As the back of this is curved plastic it doesn't sit against your body well, the "Grip Strips" are simply rubber strips that stick onto the back and allow for a non-slip back. Much easier to play with them than without them. And the strap helps me due to the arthritis in my left wrist, but as light as this is I doubt that the vast majority of the FLUKE owners would need a strap.
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