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Back in the ukulele groove
« on: October 03, 2018, 10:59:06 AM »
I hadn't played for a couple of weeks and missed last week's practice. Last evening 47 folks turned up at our ukulele band practice, including recent graduates from our beginners class. Muscle memory took over, and I missed only a couple of chords. We're now practicing hard for 3 Christmas concerts, including two at schools and one paid concert.

Several new-to-us songs, including a few I hadn't heard before, and some 'new' chords mean we'll need the upcoming practices to get  ready for prime time.

My vocal chords were apparently irritated by tracheal intubation during a recent surgery. I'm told they'll recover. Meanwhile, I wasn't in full voice last evening.
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Re: Back in the ukulele groove
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2018, 11:04:06 AM »
I decided to play my guitar last week and was totally embarrassed. I felt like a idiot. I could not barre a chord successfully. I have not played guitar in the two years since I got my first uke and my muscle memory completely failed me. If you don't use it then you will lose it.  ??? Playing things that used to be really easy for me just were not happening. So I am dedicating myself to getting my guitar chops back up to snuff. You are lucky to be in the groove, I am not in the groove. :o
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Re: Back in the ukulele groove
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2018, 11:12:20 AM »
I'm sitting here looking at my guitar and plectrum banjo, realizing I need to start playing them again. I know muscle memory will be totally shot.

Edit: realized I should have clarified 'ukulele groove' in the subject line, so I changed it.
« Last Edit: October 03, 2018, 11:19:07 AM by Tom »
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Re: Back in the ukulele groove
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2018, 11:30:56 AM »
I am in the middle of reading a great book called Electric Guitars and Basses, a Photographic History that I got from my library:

https://www.amazon.com/Electric-Guitars-Basses-Photographic-History/dp/0879309741/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1538583823&sr=1-3&keywords=electric+guitars+and+basses

It is basically pornography for guitar geeks like me. It even has a section on the first guitar I ever got, a Sears Silvertone in 1965 complete with a case that also contained a small amp. It sold new for $70 and some idiot has one listed on Reverb for $1029:

https://lawmanguitars.com/product/rare-sears-silvertone-1451-hornet-guitar-amp-in-case-outfit-original-pro-setup-1967-black-sparkle/

There are some really cool guitars in the book that I was not aware of. Weirdest is the Rickenbacker 331 Light Show:

https://youtu.be/jxj8MeM8z60

Most beautiful is the 1969 Gibson Crest that I had never heard of. Only 162 were made between 1969 and 1972.

https://reverb.com/item/2714116-1969-gibson-crest-silver?gclid=Cj0KCQjw0dHdBRDEARIsAHjZYYDrLCLKEPHJhIK0lRncL5RPbt4noqnW0amP0t3d_mIOfcPZgyWFaW8aAsgsEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&pla=1
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Re: Back in the ukulele groove
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2018, 11:55:20 AM »
Neat book and some cool instruments.
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Re: Back in the ukulele groove
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2018, 06:35:12 PM »
Boy was that hard. I am working on And I Love Her and it is hard. I used to be able to play it in my sleep but now the barred arpeggios are really difficult for me.

    F#m                          C#m
e|----------9--------------9------------9-----------9----------|
B|------10-----10------10-----10---9-----9-----9----9-------|
G|--11-------------11-------------9-----------9----------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|
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Re: Back in the ukulele groove
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2018, 07:30:56 PM »
Great song. I'm not a lover of tabs, nor do I play arpreggios very well. Went looking for the lyrics and chords, and transposed into a key I can play and sing easily.
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Re: Back in the ukulele groove
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2018, 06:29:07 AM »
I am not very good at arpeggios either but this one is some of the most beautiful guitar music I have ever heard. The entire song is a classic and basically pretty easy to play, including a slow motion guitar solo. The biggest problem is the strings on this guitar feel way too big to me so I have ordered a set of 11s from Amazon, they will be here tomorrow.
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