Post by thesentientpasty on Dec 7, 2018 0:05:13 GMT
Today, of all days, I must master this:
Last night? I rocked Silver Machine, on the uke. Though Mrs Bez then proceeded to nail 'Star of the County Down", "Shoals of Herring", and "Auld Lang Syne" (a bit early) in a mashup on the Mandolin, following it up with "Night Fever" like a pro.
Damn, but she's too good. My Stiff Little Fingers are past it.
Our Ukulele group have songbooks. Each with around 40 songs in. We are now up to 4. We also use those from a neighbouring group three of those with 40 songs in each. We have loads to choose from. At our Christmas party next week myself and a couple of friends are going to do the Steve Goodman song City of New Orleans. Best train song ever. Arlo Guthrie does a great version on you tube. Ukuleles are such fun. I suffer from depression and playing it and being with other players many who also have depression and also use it as a therapy really helps. We all head home with big beaming smiles.
We The Romsey Ukulele group are gigging twice later today in town at the Lantern Parade for charity. We raise around £10,00 a year for local causes. The Ukulele is a massive force for happiness and Good.
Post by thesentientpasty on Dec 8, 2018 0:54:39 GMT
Flippin does. ... Not least for putting up with me.
But - and this is interesting - she plays by ear. While a bloke in a pub back in 1980 showed me how chords on keyboards work. I looked at what he showed me, and I got it. I mean, I thought 'that's just basic number theory'. Mrs Bez literally asked me, the other night, why the frets were there. I explained semitones and keyboard keys, and she got it, BUT DID NOT PREVIOUSLY KNOW,
So, anyway ... I get how chords, minors, sevenths and the like happen, and I can transpose that to frets, and I can shift stuff to different keys (maths again, though I was never taught this stuff) ... but I'm getting stuck...
Early uke, here. Be gentle.
I have olden, ancient fingers. Which are, to be blunt, red-raw tonight. And blunt. I have picked my way through a variety of tracks via sheet music I've found online. It's the progression from one chord to another that's getting me frustrated. Fingers go all over the place.
Do I master all the chords I'll ever need, learning them by wrote. (These, being a leftie, I need to flip before playing anyway)?
Do I concentrate on, say, half a dozen chords and the moves between them, in all permutations, before adding new chords one-by-one?
Or give up?
I like (feck, love) the sound, and I think I can get this, but I need a route from 'useless' to 'slightly better' which won't take years. I see what I'm aiming for, but I miss hit, pause a moment, get it wrong. You know?
Please issue answers from on high, oh plumbing uke goddess. I need a sign!
Post by thesentientpasty on Dec 11, 2018 1:41:12 GMT
Mrs Bez's uke arrived today.
We have compared calluses. And our near-term goal is learning all the major and minor chords, with a goal of a personal concert in the living room on Christmas Day. She is reading the chord structures online. Me mirror-imaging them from the same website. We're getting there. I want this off-pat.
She, my Mum, and my son-in-law hate to watch me preparing vegetables with a knife: "how csn you do that without losing fingers?"
Similarly, Mrs Bez is now in awe at me playing upside-down and back-to-front on the uke.
We have returned just from one of our charity gigs. Usually they are great fun....but this one? We played for 15 minutes while people arrived and got settled. That was O.K Then we had to hide ourselves at the back of the hall and sit through 40 minutes of the worst "magician" I have ever seen. Never mind we are back on next. So we play two songs and get a round of applause for the first. It is nice to feel appreciated. But immediately after the second song up jumps a committee member to announce that tea coffee mince pies and wine are available now at the back of the hall. Up jump the audience making a great noise and chattering away as they queue and get the drinks and pies. No one was the slightest bit interested in us any more they all stood deep in conversation at the back and paying us no attention at all. Not one person applauded and to make matters worse after them being told that we do this for local charity not a penny found its way into our buckets. We all left feeling down and disillusioned by their attitude and I very much doubt they shall see us again after the rudeness of it all.
I was not there and generally do not attend such events so my comments should be taken with a large helping of salt.... I applaud you group for doing so much for charity, being the tight wad and untalented AH that I am very few of those in need see any of my leftover dollars or time, that said your group talents deserve to be recognized, Perhaps a minimal donation requirement before you turn up, after all all of you have spent the time and expense of actually getting there and standing around thru through 40 minutes of 'other entertainers'. I am saddened to say that I would have great difficulty on sitting around being attentive and quiet to ANY 'musical entertainment', except for very rare occasions it is just 'background music' to me, which is not to say that I do not enjoy (some) of it. Just not my thing to sit down and 'appreciate' it and those providing it. All that said the expectations of both the entertainers and the audience should be clear when a group such as yours provided FREE strumming with an expectation of a reasonable donation to you cause such should be provided. Keep on strumming cousin, I perhaps may not fully appreciate your talent but I sure do appreciate your commitment!
Playing along with others was the biggest help I ever had and I am still learning all the time along with them. There are some great you tube web sites which you are no doubt plundering. Lots to learn from them. Try: Uncle Mike. Uke like the pros. Glen Rose jazzy ukulele. Loads of good stuff out there.
Maybe we can fix up a shed to shed Skype playalong Bez.
Well done Bez! Takes a while but my left hand fingertips are also suitably hardened from almost two years of playing. The same will happen with muscle memory. Those once difficult chords i.e. Eb suddenly happen! Bb still troubles me in that sometimes I do and sometimes I miss it horribly. But the misses are reducing. Just keep at it is about all I can suggest. Make it FUN. It must be fun and not a chore. If I pick up my uke and it isnt happening. (rare but does occur) I put it aside until my mood changes or when I am able to play with friends. That never ceases to Lift all our spirits. The ukulele is a little package of joy. Beware ukulele acquision syndrome. It gets us all in the end. I have a mere 3 but some of my group members are into the teens with their collections.... Happy strumming!
Oh just remembered. A ukulele website called Ozbecoz. Toons can be printed off in many keys and leftie versions too.
Last Edit: Dec 19, 2018 12:23:40 GMT by lazydaisy: Forgot the brill webpage
there was a young fella seemingly busking with a uke in the high street t'other day. i'm not sure he had the busking thing sorted though- he was playing the same thing (chord?) over and over and had not hat nor bucket nor bag for coinage.
Post by thesentientpasty on Jan 3, 2019 12:08:49 GMT
To save what's left of my hand's stumps, I bought a keyboard yesterday to let them recover a bit.
An Important Announcement: I can play the Bagpuss theme.
...life gets no better than this.
Actually it does. Mrs Bez on the violin and myself on keyboards, that instrument wedged atop the tumble drier, rocked the kitchen and any passing cats last night to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly theme music. We were more Bad and Ugly than Good, but it's a start, yeah?
Friend from the Ukulele group bought a keyboard for her boyfriend. He ignored it...so after having owned it for a day and a half and never having played one before she said she would play me what she had learned. So I sat politely expecting twinkle twinkle or ba ba black sheep. Except she launched straight into Scott Joplins Maple Leaf Rag! Better known as theme from the entertainer. We were all stunned as if hit in the chops by a large fish....next time I expect she will rattle of a Rachmaninov piano Concerto for us.