We pretty much ignore proper intros and jump straight in or “play first two lines without singing” as an intro.
Here’s the Beatles “Lady Madonna”
Sounds nothing like the intro we’ve got written down
Love Potion Number 9
That’s two chords – single strum each.
The chords seem simple enough.
Fly me to the moon – PDF extracted
We just seem to have a struggle between those who think there should be a pause after the first A7 and those who thin we should go straight into “In other words”.
– Julie London
Here’s pretty much straight in (biggest pause I could find for Sinatra):
I’ll be honest. I can’t find a version that has any reasonable pause.
This has a bit of a pause, but it’s a bit freaky:
What was I thinking?
Rather than strumming all the time, I thought it’d be nice to have a go at plucking. The song that I chose was a classic cello piece from J.S.Bach. The timing is relatively simple 8 notes per bar regardless.
Break the song down into two bars and practice those 16 notes. Then move onto the next 16 notes.
This is what it sounds like on a cello https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCicM6i59_I
Close your eyes and let it wash over you.
Here’s it played on plastic tubes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5seI0eJZCg
And on a uke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=935ExOpT5bI
Please try to enjoy this.
Here’s different version: http://www.chiefnoda.com/ukulele/tab/BachCello.pdf
As mentioned last night, here’s the Skipsea ukulele and Folk Festival poster.
2nd April 2016 at Skipsea Village Hall (CLICK HERE) – opens in Google maps – only 21 miles away.
I’ll be contacting the organiser later to offer support and see what he wants of us.
Thanks to all the players at the Monday night meeting on 17th.
I hope the distribution of luxury kazoos and the list of kazoo “enhanced” song makes sense of the previous post.
Have a go at Tequila (homework) click here – tequila
Listen to this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H6amDbAwlY
Also try: Delilah, Mothers Little Helper, Lady Madonna, Urban Spaceman and find your own!
Next meeting falls on a Bank Holiday.
Half the group said they would “give it a miss”, so next meeting will be MONDAY 14th September (September already!)
We were asked to play an event same weekend as the Freedom Festival (allotments).
Most people said they will be at freedom festival – so that’s a non starter 😦
– in “dirty” Leeds
– 18 September 2015
– Tickets: £24.50
– He might not have a kazoo with him
Yorkshire Dales Ukulele Festival :
– 28-30 August, 2015
– In Hawes, Yorkshire dales
See you soon
I know it’s an advanced musical technique, but at some point we all have to learn the kazoo to go along with the ukulele.
Originally a weapon, the kazoo is now often used as an accompaniment to the ukulele on various songs such as “Tequila”, “Lady Madonna”, Urban Spaceman” etc.
Played correctly and with passion it can bring a tear to the eye and a lump to the throat (which can be detrimental to the playing of kazoos).
Here’s a useful guide to which I may steal bits: HOW-TO-PLAY
From http://www.kazoos.com – great place to buy different kazoo designs.
Last meeting I re-introduced a couple of old songs – Town Called Malice (which went down a treat) and End of a Century (which went down like a lead balloon).
Some of the difficulties in this were the new chords. F6, F#m, Db and Dbm aren’t easy to keep in your mind whilst reading music and trying to sing – so I’ve added them to the music sheets and added some instructions to the intro of Town Called Malice.
F#m= Gbm and Dbm=C#m – different names for same chords.
Explanation of the bridge of Town Called Malice:
(a C moved up one fret, using Barre of your first finger)
“Whole street’s belief”
“In Sunday’s roast Beef”
(Move the whole chord up two frets barre 4th fret)
“Is dashed against …
(and back down two fret to barre the 2nd fret again for Bm)
… the Co-op”
To become familiar with the tunes check out youtube
Town Called Malice. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfpRm-p7qlY – don’t try to practice at the speed.
End of a century – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlcmeP_JsJI – just try to follow the rhythm
Here’s my typing: Town called malice v1.1 End Of The Century
Next Monday – 17th August: Unleash the kazoos of war!
After weeks of violent protest and aggressive bullying, I have written out what is currently in our songbooks that we practise each meeting.
It’s a work in progress and has missing sources.
The format is basically “Song title/ Artist – source”
Streets of London/ Ralph McTell – Jim Carey
Maggie May/ Rod Stewart – Worthing Ukulele Jam
Jolene/ Dolly Parton – Jim Carey
House of the Rising Sun/ The Animals -Stockport Ukulele Players
Hotel California/ The Eagles – Jim Carey
Cool for Cats/ Squeeze – Jim Carey
Hit the Road Jack/ Ray Charles – Jim Carey
California Girls/ Beach Boys – Jim Carey
Build Me Up Buttercup / The Foundations– Jim Carey
Tell Me Ma / – Richard G
Show Me the Way to go Home/ – ???
Whiskey in the Jar / Thin Lizzy – Jim Carey
Friday I’m in Love / The Cure – The 4th Wukulele Songbook
Ring of Fire Johnny Cash– Hull Ukulele Group
Meet Me on the Corner / Lindisfarne – ???
Bye Bye Love / The Everly Brothers – ???
I Wanna Be Like You / Jungle Book– Jim Carey
Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs – Uke at the Duke Volume 8
When I’m Cleaning Windows/ George Formby – http://ilovefizzypop.co.uk
The Glory of Love / Bette Midler– http://stewartgreenhil.com
Don’t You Want Me Baby / The Human League – Taunton Ukulele Strummers Club
I can See Clearly Now/ Johnny Nash – ???
When I’m Dead and Gone – NcGuiness Flint – ???
Folsom Prison Blues/ Johnny Cash – HUG
Bad Moon Rising / Clearance Clearwater Revival– HUG
I’m an Urban Spaceman / Bonzo Dog Doodah Band– HUG
Eight Days a Week/ The Beatles – HUG
These Boots are Made for Walking / Nancy Sinatra– HUG
Mothers Little Helper / The Rolling Stones – HUG
You are my Sunshine/ Yes sir, That’s my Baby – ???
Bring Me Sunshine/ Morecambe and Wise – Richard G
Stuck in the Middle with you Steelers Wheel– Jim Carey
500 Miles / The Proclaimers – Chordie
Peaceful Easy Feeling / The Eagles – http://bytownukulele.ca
Those Were the Days / Mary Hopkins– Jim Carey
Take it Easy / The Eagles– Jim Carey
Sweet Dreams/ Eurythmics – Jim Carey
Dedicated Follower of Fashion / The Kinks– Jim Carey
Black Velvet Band – Stockport Ukulele Players
Delilah/ Tom Jones – ???
Lady Madonna / Beatles- ???
Something Stupid / Frank and Nancy Sinatra– Jim Carey
My Girls Pussy – Taunton Ukulele Strummers Club
Bye Bye Love / Everly Brothers- ???
Counting Flowers on the Wall / The Statler Brothers– UltimateGuitar.com
You Never Can Tell/ Chuck Berry– ultimateguitar.com
What a Day for a Daydream/ Lovin Spoonful – Richard G
The Boy With the Arab Strap/ Belle and Sebastian – Ultimateguitar.com
Ship to Wreck/ Florence and the Machine – ultimateguitar.com
Sloop John B/ Beach Boys – Richard G
End of a Century – rewritten from a scrap of muddy paper found in the back of my van
Town Called Malice – rewritten from a scrap of muddy paper found in the back of my van
Tequila – Hull Ukulele Group
Happy Birthday – Uke Hunt
Google “Richard G songbook” or “TUSC songbook”, “jim carey songbook” and you;ll find these and more. Jim Careys books are massive.
I had fun last night. My throat is sore this morning.
Thanks for putting up with my demands to play new music.
I hope you enjoyed trying “Florence and the Machine” and “The Statler Brothers”.
I will start writing up a list of the music that I bring to each practice. If there is a link I can put in I will. A very small amount of the music was written out my me – so I might not even have the PDFs/ Word files.
Again, thanks for last night!!
Big thank you to the people who played at the open gardens in the Avenues yesterday.
Out of his we have been asked to play another event next year and it gives me the confidence to book further “gigs”.
Next practise will be more relaxed and we’ll have a chat about future plans and events.