Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Hold Back The River

A few posts ago I suggested that I had found a very modern rock song, Hold back the River by James Bay and suggested it would be interesting to see how it worked on a ukulele.

Well, since then I have started to hear the song on the radio. etc. You know - the way you always see models of the same car you have just bought. Anyway, I have managed to get a rough version together and have surprised myself by how well I think it could work with a little help from my friends.

Here is the version I have posted on SoundCloud

The intro still needs a little work to  make it acceptable but it will come I am sure. The biggest problem with this version is that I have not used a key which matches my voice, using the original key which is just a few semi-tones to low for that verse. Something to sort out for the next run through. Otherwise, not too bad for a first attempt.

If you listen to this, you will find that it runs on to more songs on a playlist, I like to think of these playlists as "albums", which I am building on SoundCloud.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Hobs Moat United Reform Church gig and The Mother Ukers

Our latest gig went down a storm, all the ladies seemed to really enjoy the music and joined in the hand waving on Delilah, our encore. Would have been more but we simply ran out of time. Anyway they have booked another show for christmas and there looks like a possible further gig coming from this night's work.

Ukulele Central UK is becoming known around Solihull - fame at last!

But this week I have another ukulele group to share with you. Certainly not traditional but listen to what you can achieve with two ukes and a bass.

Love that bass, uas (ukulele aquisition sydrome) is rearing its ugly head ....

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

New Musical Instrument - A Kazoo

I am useless with a mouth organ / harmonica; really must put some effort into learning to play. However, for our ukulele jams, at the Rover Club twice a month, some brave souls do sometimes play our instrumental breaks; even if only a kazoo.

I have invested in a harmonica holder and kazoo to add another voice to those breaks:-

Great for blues especially, and singing thru it gives a great effect. Can't wait for tonight to show (it) off to the guys.

Don't worry, videos will be appearing asap ....

Monday, 27 April 2015

Ukulele Cover - Dedicated Follower of Fashion

Well I did say I would post asap. So here is this great classic by The Kinks, almost destroyed by yours truly, LOL.

I think I did say that I did this video because I was given a hat - yes, I am collecting hats at the moment for my videos and this song seemed to fit the chapeau just right. Why hats, I hear you say? Well, why not. I feel quite at home in a hat on video even though I rarely wear said accoutrements in real life. Only when the sun or rain dictates that it is a wise move.

Back with more of my crimes against music soon, enjoy!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Ukulele Tutorial: Brown-Eyed Girl from Ukulele Underground

Just found this tutorial on You Tube, hope the guys don't mind me posting it. Recently I have posted a couple of songs which I have been looking at to learn, well here is another.

I often find that ukulele strumming is so different to guitar work that it surprises me. I play my uke like a mini guitar, and I do not feel guilty about saying so. If I am going to play modern popular songs on the uke (well singing and accompanying myself really) then I shall play it to fit in with the versions of the song which  I know - which I may have known for decades. Can't do it any other way.

So here is the song/tutorial

Off for a little practice now, bye ...

Ukulele Concert - Sing Along - April

Just a very quick post to say how much I enjoyed the concert that the ukulele club/group put on for a local "old folks home", or a senior living residence as they call it. Although we originally offered to play for free (or perhaps a cuppa, during the break), a fee was offered and we did take it as we were told the home had a budget for theses occasions and we do need to save up for a PA system for the club.

Although some unkind people have talked of a captive audience, we had lots of great feedback from the staff and many of the old folk had joined in with the singing. The events organiser even asked us to return for a pre-christmas concert (and perhaps we could fit in one before then as well?). On top of that, we were asked to play at another location also. so the one concert begat another three - impressive!

Here I am with our new club polo shirt, a fetching purple with an embroidered motif on the left-hand shoulder - natty isn't it? The hat is optional. I had just done a video of "Dedicated Follower Of Fashion", a classic from The Kinks. A forthcoming release on this blog in the very near future, LOL.

With another concert  (??) coming up soon at the beginning of next month, we feel that after such a short time the club (now numbering some 50 signed up singers/players) is doing very well to get our name known around the area.

A video was taken of the event and hopefully will be available at our next club night, maybe I will be able to share a few stills with you.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Ukulele: San Francisco Bay Blues Cover

The best laid plans o'mice and men gang aft agley - Burns.

Well I thought that the song I mentioned in my last post would be the next for the YouTube treatment. But I came across this blues number from Eric Clapton - I loved it and as the chord chart was in one of the songbooks from Ukulele Central UK, the club/group I have joined, I decided to make it happen (LOL, Jean Luc Goddard).

So here it is, a first go at "San Francisco Bay Blues" on the ukulele. I used my new Gretch 9120 tenor.

Whilst in the get-up, I decided to replace a video on the Tube which for some reason I do not understand was very unfocused. Focus great now - pity about the vocal.

I will be doing "Hold Back The River" and most probably "Livin' On A Prayer", but later.