Festive greetings everybody! Here’s Richard Hefner with a playalong video for I Want A Ukulele For Christmas:
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Here are Bob’s selections for our final Top Ten. As ever, PLUC members please go & grab the actual versions we’ll be using from our Box (reminder: ask Ed, Steve or me if you don’t understand how to get Box to email you automatically as we post new songs etc in there). If enough people have printed them for this week we’ll play them Tues 8 Dec.& then again in the New Year to pick the one to keep & work on.
Song One – Any Old Time – a country hit for Jimmie Rodgers. Here’s the Sara Watkins Band with Sean Watkins & Chris Thile (making a Nickel Creek reunion). We could add some variety with mandolin or banjolele & even Andrew’s Jew’s Harp:
Song Two – Loves Me Like A Rock – Paul Simon. This has nice call & response harmonies. Cover by Isaiah Mosteller:
Song Three – ELO’s Mr Blue Sky. Anthony Loh & friends produce a fun version (maybe we can dig out more cowbell…):
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Want to brush up on your knowledge of the fretboard? Need to know how to relate written music to the notes you play? Then head over to Tom Potts’ handy Ukulele Note Finder tool.
All you need to do is hover over a position on the fretboard & it’ll tell you where else you’ll find notes of the same pitch (ie octave) elsewhere on other strings. Or, if you are looking at a piece of music, go to the bottom of the screen, find the note on the stave you have to identify, & it gives you your various playing options on the fretboard.
In the example below, you can see there are four high Cs (C5) on a standard gCEA-tuned 12 fret instrument. The open C string is an octave lower – C4 / middle C. Use the various search boxes on the right hand side of the PLUC site pages to look up more articles, tools & tips from us about very basic understanding of music, notes & fretboards if this is all unfamiliar to you!
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Tina has picked three tunes that she always sings aloud, usually whilst hoovering or in the shower!
As before, we’ve put the versions of the songs we’ll be using in the PLUC Box for members. Have a go at playing them & be ready to perform them as a group on Tues 20 & 27 October, after which we’ll vote upon the one that works the best & to keep playing for the next few months.
Song One – Hallelujah – by Leonard Cohen (a tune that’s been covered by over 300 artists). Here’s Richard Hefner, who plays it through first, then gives a tutorial:
Song Two – Valerie – by The Zutons (& also well-known by Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse). Aldrine from Ukulele Underground thrashes out a version:
Song Three – Girl On Fire – by Alicia Keys. Wisa89 gives her uke cover here:
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Stu Fuchs (aka Stukulele / Ukulele Dojo) is doing a new series of beginners’ videos, starting with the basics & progressing as he teaches his latest class. He says these are for anyone who wants a refresher or check to see if they need to get out of any bad habits they’ve picked up whilst playing. This first one covers strumming; keeping rhythm; accenting the backbeat; fretting chords without too much tension; & a simple strumalong to Jamaica Farewell. In Week Two he introduces 3/4 time & plays a long-distance duet with you of Amazing Grace.
There are also plenty of other interesting items & tutorials on his website, at all levels, so do have a look round.
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Uke Nut is an interesting blog, covering various ukulele resources, including links to a selection of fingerstyle tunes & practice drills. Amongst the instructional postings are some links to a useful site of tools – MusicTheory.net.
Uke Nut has customised the Fretboard Memorisation Tool for a standard gCEA-tuned uke. Use it to practice identifying the notes up to the 10th fret. This will help you develop your skills, including helping you form moveable chords more readily.
Chris has found this interesting lecture from the basic Listening To Music course by Yale University and feels it would repay many members of our group for the time spent watching it.
It opens with a preamble about musical notation & the reasons we use it (also mentioned in last month’s PLUC Weekend Workout & other music theory postings if you need more detail). Then the majority of Prof Craig Wright’s talk covers rhythm in many music styles, showing how different time signatures sound & getting students to listen to various pieces of music so they can conduct along to the beat. Read the rest of this entry »
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