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Old 26.11.2014, 21:49
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Re: Ask a Musician

When it gets to that many, just flatten everything - the one note that does not require flattening will sound much less often than the many notes you could not remember to flatten - at least that is how I sight read Gb major/F # major until its committed to memory
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Yeah...good point. I know to what extent auditive memory can overcompensate and over-power in active decoding, esp with relatively stiff and set adult brain, it's a pita. I will take it to work tomorrow, ask a music mentor to supervise so I have no choice but decode and really read. Gaah. Flats. But 6? I know he wrote it particularly that way to facilitate performance...no? Flats are easier, they stick out. Very tactile friendly.
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Old 26.11.2014, 22:33
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Re: Ask a Musician

Yeah, like Chopsticks.
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Re: Ask a Musician

Alrighty, time to ask fellow music fiends.

I am about to cave in and get a ukulele. I used to dislike it profusely, same with banjo, but voilą - I am in love with ukuleles.

So - which one? An acoustic? An electric? A bass one? They all sound incredible. I played electric guitar for a bit, took a classical for 2 years, can do it but my true passion is an electric bass. Would an electric bass ukulele hit the spot?

I think I'd perform live sooner than later so I veer towards the electric one...It's got more edge and character, but not sure. An acoustic ukulele is so awesomely redneck, straightforward and humble..
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Old 04.05.2015, 21:42
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Re: Ask a Musician

An electric ukulele sounds like a gimmick to me.
Acoustic is awesomely redneck? lol...I doubt there's ever been a redneck who plays the ukulele.

I suggest a tenor. Baritones have a G string one octave lower than standard - so they're tuned like the DGBE strings on a guitar, if you had a capo on the 5th fret.

Some more famous uke songs (both play tenors):

Jake Shimabukuro - ..Ukulele Weeps

and of course, Bruddah Iz, RIP, Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World

Have fun!
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Old 04.05.2015, 22:05
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Now? Badly acoustic guitar, and it's not because of the guitar, defo. (someone thought I could use a norman blake, not my fault)
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Um, do you mean a Martin 000-18 Norman Blake? If you ever need someone to take it off your hands...
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Re: Ask a Musician

one of my earliest childhood memories is one of my father's friends stumbling around a campground on the 4th of July, good and boozed up and playing (and singing / slurring) "Yankee Doodle" on a ukelele. which doesn't answer your question at all, of course, except that he was playing an acoustic.

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Old 05.05.2015, 00:41
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Re: Ask a Musician

You need to check out the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain:

http://www.ukuleleorchestra.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLgJ7pk0X-s

And here's the full gig

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybdmVUv8C10

(It doesn't hurt that the bass player looks a bit like John Simm, either )
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Old 05.05.2015, 03:21
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Re: Ask a Musician

I play violin and viola, piano and basic flute and recorder, but REALLY want to learn to play the keyed fiddle (nyckelharpa in Swedish)
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I'm not sure if it is the instrument itself or the music I have heard played, but I find the sound really appealing. Folky but not too fiddly
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Old 17.05.2015, 18:39
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When musicians play gigs, it's usually the 10 thousandth time they've played them. The same bloody songs over and over and over.

Don't musicians ever get sick of rehashing the same old notes ad infinitum?

Do they ever go backstage after a gig and say, "if I ever have to play that damn song again I swear I will shoot myself?".
Jein. We've just finished a tour following a CD recording with Ricardo Sanz and after 9 months of the same 16 or 20 numbers, yes we're really pleased to do something different. Come back to some of those in a year's time, though, and it could well be a different matter. And some songs are such favourites they never get old. (The CD is is out now, btw )
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Old 17.05.2015, 18:40
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Re: Ask a Musician

On a different note, this is well worth a read:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32381815?SThisFB

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I play violin and viola, piano and basic flute and recorder, but REALLY want to learn to play the keyed fiddle (nyckelharpa in Swedish)
Hmmm....interesting instrument!

(and the outfit, too )

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You need to check out the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain:
Yeah, these are great, I know them...I have posted their stuff a year ago here, I like their Shaft the most, me thinks. They are total fun.

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one of my earliest childhood memories is one of my father's friends stumbling around a campground on the 4th of July, good and boozed up and playing (and singing / slurring) "Yankee Doodle" on a ukelele. which doesn't answer your question at all, of course, except that he was playing an acoustic.

I am so split. Acoustic is winning so far, but if I want to play live, I am really used to the amp cutting me some slack, letting me bum around on my bass, it saves effort, so I really don't know. I gotta make my mind up tonight
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An electric ukulele sounds like a gimmick to me.
Acoustic is awesomely redneck? lol...I doubt there's ever been a redneck who plays the ukulele.

I suggest a tenor. Baritones have a G string one octave lower than standard - so they're tuned like the DGBE strings on a guitar, if you had a capo on the 5th fret.

Have fun!
Yeah, I have looked around, and realized a baritone will be just like a small guitar, which I am not so big on. The sound is really fuzzy and hot, so close to the bass guitar feeling, but I think I want uke for another feeling.

So - right now, I am deciding between a concert one (soprano but warmer and slightly bigger) and a regular soprano. Tenors are really nice, but I think the size of a soprano one will be more appealing to my kid, too, plus my hands are tiny.

I think I won't go for the electric one (although they are selling really nice ones in Gland), since having an acoustic with me just to mess with when no power is around sounds good. Redneck good. I might save the electric one for laters, see how I feel.

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On a different note, this is well worth a read:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32381815?SThisFB
This is excellent!

Thanks for sharing. I remember running through some edu stats exposing grade averages of kids involved in sports and kids doing music compared to those doing nothing but school, it was very interesting.

I think even just mere musical environment pushes the motivation and standards higher. I wish all giant orchestras practised in schools.
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Um, do you mean a Martin 000-18 Norman Blake? If you ever need someone to take it off your hands...
He he, I wish...(actually not really) It's just Encore B20 and a gift from my other half, so I won't give it away. Must practice more because this is a very good instrument.
I played violin for a few years when I was little...curious, but never felt the desire to start playing again. (still have that instrument at my parents')
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Re: Ask a Musician

Yay, have to share the joy...of getting a new member of our family of instruments at home, I got a concert ukulele for my birthday. I have fiddled with it, as much as had the time for, but it is lovely. Sweet, dark, small...easy. Easy to compose on it. Such a difference from bass, still my preferred, but I love my new little thing.

Btw, it's a cool tradition to give family members instruments for birthdays, I didn't think it would stick to adulthood, but voila..Maybe somebody around you is having a birthday soon? (Well, I do regret the noisy accordion project, at times, xylophone was nicer, but whatevs).
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