Ukulele & Languages

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In need for some music to unwind after a stressful week ? How about ukulele videos set in the middle of nature to start the weekend ?

UK band Cardboard CarouselCalliopi McDowell and Richard Dawson perform their song Does Anybody Know ?

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Let me start this post by wishing you all the very best for 2014 ! What better way to start this new year than with something fresh, say songwriting ?

When you’ve been playing covers of songs for a while you will eventually reach a stage where you’d like to try writing your own. The whole process is great fun but not without hurdles. Patience and persistence are your best friends…

One day, an event triggers a creative process in some obscure area of your brain : suddenly, you have a melody in your head, a few words pop out and there you have it, the skeleton of a song… You can choose to ignore it because, when you think of it, turning it into a real song is going to cost you hours and hours unless you’re a real pro. But, if you feel slightly adventurous you will decide to move ahead and try to make something out of it, no matter what.

That’s exactly what Ganymede Gwilym and I did. It all started with a walk in the hillsides that didn’t turn out to be as pleasant as we would have hoped. This inspired me a few words and a melody which I sang to Gwilym. He enjoyed the melody and decided to pick his guitar and try to make out the chords by ear. We used a trial-and-error approach until we were happy with the chords. From there on Gwilym polished up his guitar playing, adding transitions and a nice rhythm to the song. In the meantime I worked on the lyrics and the singing and eventually added the ukulele solo part.

Here is the result, our song Countryside Walk on guitar and ukulele. We hope you’ll enjoy it too !

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My friend Ganymede Gwilym and I have been experimenting playing the blues on the ukulele. After trying many different things, we’ve created a quick and easy song with improvised lyrics called I Ain’t Got The Blues !

We played the song on a concert Kala KA-CEM and Concert Fluke.

If you’d like to learn some ukulele blues techniques, we strongly recommend Al‘s ebook How To Play Blues Ukulele in which we learnt many things we use in the video.

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I have been rather distracted this week with the arrival of my new ukulele last Friday, a Pono MB Baritone ukulele. As a result there won’t be any Ukulele Weekly World Tour  this week.

I ordered my Pono baritone from ukebox.fr , a French website selling ukes. I can really recommend the site as I received top service and the owner was very helpful and friendly when I called to enquire about my uke.

This Pono Baritone MB is made of solid mahogany, with a rosewood fingerboard and bridge and came with Ko’olau strings.

A baritone ukulele is very different from the other ukes and the best way to discover its  character is to play it till your fingers are sore. That’s exactly what I have been doing instead of looking for ukulele videos from around the world.

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