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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #120 on: July 15, 2011, 11:32:07 AM »
I have sang and performed on stage all my life and I would never consider doing it without a monitor. If you would try it with a monitor you would understand. Remember the Bee Gees? They used to sing with their hand cupped around their ear so they could hear themselves better. Try that right now. Sing with your hands by your side and then sing the same thing with both hands cupped around your ears. Another problem of performing without a PA is you must sing everything loud. That removes dynamics from the equation and singing without dynamics is not the proper way to sing. Most songs do have soft and loud parts.

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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #121 on: July 15, 2011, 11:39:35 AM »
Sounds like I've sung incorrectly all my life, and I'm too old to change now  :(

In an earlier message I was told that I couldn't sing loudly without a PA system or without shouting. Now I'm being told I can't sing softly without a PA system. I'm going back to fly fishing as a hobby  ;D
 
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« Reply #122 on: July 15, 2011, 11:43:04 AM »
Sounds like I've sung incorrectly all my life, and I'm too old to change now  :(

Those are the exact words people use to describe my singing, but I'll bet we sound nothing alike ;) :D ??? .
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #123 on: July 15, 2011, 11:44:28 AM »
LOL Lou. A friend and forum member was asked by his music teacher not to sing in her class  ;D
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #124 on: July 15, 2011, 11:47:27 AM »
Makes me wonder how all those barbershop quartets can sing in tune without any electronics  ???
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #125 on: July 15, 2011, 11:51:35 AM »
Aye Ned, and a whole bunch of a capella choruses and choirs I can think of.
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #126 on: July 15, 2011, 12:04:50 PM »
LOL Lou. A friend and forum member was asked by his music teach to not sing in her class  ;D

LOL, been there, done that.

When we were all kids, my brother and sister used to sing hymns (as a duet) every Sunday in our church.  I wasn't even allowed to utter a sound, while they practiced, much less sing with them on Sunday.  I'm still the voice that you wished you couldn't hear when singing along with the entire congregation.

I'm afraid my musical instrument playing suffered the same fate.  I told my school band teacher that I wanted to play the trumpet in the school marching band.   She let me try several different horns before suggesting that maybe the drums were more my calling.
We used to practice, in the class room, using a rubber pad.  Unfortunately, I never progressed past the rubber pad.

Have you noticed that there isn't much call for a 'Rubber Pad' player in a marching band ??? :(
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #127 on: July 15, 2011, 12:15:36 PM »
To keep this on topic(s), I found a YouTube video of someone playing one verse of the tune of that same song on a ukulele:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwjk62F6QMo

He's actually playing it on a tenor uke strung with a low-G string.
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #128 on: July 15, 2011, 12:23:07 PM »
Can you "hear" the difference?

This guy sings that same song quite well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yReZCAKv4xU

Here's the same guy (singing the same song) a few years earlier:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgFmIZ4lM4A
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #129 on: July 15, 2011, 01:27:22 PM »
Of course you were in tune!  :D   I would love to be able to hear you sing again.
 
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« Reply #130 on: July 15, 2011, 01:57:48 PM »
Well you can lead a horse to water... :o

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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #131 on: July 15, 2011, 03:01:18 PM »
But you can't make it sing  ;)
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #132 on: July 15, 2011, 04:05:47 PM »
... in tune
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #133 on: July 15, 2011, 11:43:24 PM »
Just got home from the choral concert and, as predicted, it was a wonderful show. A number of our ukulele players also attended, and some commented how lucky we are to have the Choral Director be our ukulele Music Director.

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I might get an opportunity to talk about it one on one with chorus members this evening, during the break at their concert.

I was pleasantly surprised when a number of the choralists came up to me before the concert, during the break, and at the end, and made positive comments about my "out of tune shouting" last Monday. The Assistant Choral Director, who actually directed that number, came up to me and, without prompting, said "you were in tune for the whole thing on Monday". Whew! Prior to this evening, I was starting to get an inferiority complex because I hadn't used monitors to tell me I was singing in tune.

A number of folks asked me if/when I'd be joining the chorus but, alas, one has to live in their community to participate. A couple of folks jokingly offered me their address so I could fake my residence. With their Choral Director being a long time friend, it would be tough to get away with that  :(

One of the choralists told me she'll be joining our ukulele group. Rumor has it that there are six others who plan to do the same; That will add some "good" volume to our singing (and they'll be in tune).
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #134 on: July 16, 2011, 06:56:27 AM »
>>A number of folks asked me if/when I'd be joining the chorus but, alas, one has to live in their community to participate. A couple of folks jokingly offered me their address so I could fake my residence. <<

Sounds like it's time to change the residency requirements!!! ;D ;D
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #135 on: July 16, 2011, 09:48:20 AM »
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Sounds like it's time to change the residency requirements!!!

Aye, I wish they would Jim. Unfortunately, their board is hard and fast on that one. However, my friend (the music director) has been making noises about starting a separate chorus. He's already music director for two other groups and our ukulele players; I have no idea where he gets the time and energy, let alone the creativity. As a mutual friend said last night "he's in his element".
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #136 on: July 16, 2011, 11:43:23 AM »
Just have hom reorganize the current one without a 'parent park'.  Then chage the park to perform.
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #137 on: July 16, 2011, 12:06:46 PM »
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Just have hom reorganize the current one without a 'parent park'.  Then chage the park to perform.

No 'park' Bill, these are neighborhoods with single home residences.
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #138 on: July 16, 2011, 05:28:46 PM »
Here's a candidate for your ukulele band.
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #139 on: July 16, 2011, 05:34:21 PM »
He wouldn't be allowed to join even if he had a real uke and could play  ;D
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #140 on: July 20, 2011, 08:25:54 PM »
Last evening we held a brief concert for the Summerset Singers choral group at their annual end-of-season dinner party. What an honor to play and sing in front of this wonderful group of musicians and singers. Approx 150 in the audience, and they sang along with the non-Hawaiian songs.

A few of the choral group came up to me (again) and made some nice comments about my (Welsh) singing to them at their last practice. What an honor!

We had several new recruits for our ukulele group from amongst the audience.

I'm changing my name to Tiny Tim, or maybe Tiny Tom  ;D

Our next concert is at an Hawaiian luau for another assisted living place. We'll have a couple of hula dancers along. I gotta get with those Hawaiian songs.
 
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #141 on: July 20, 2011, 08:54:07 PM »
You should look good in a grass skirt :)  Can you sing Hawaiian Love Song in Welsh?

You can change your name to Tiny Tim but you'll never know as many songs as he did :)
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #142 on: July 20, 2011, 09:35:47 PM »

I'm changing my name to Tiny Tim, or maybe Tiny Tom  ;D

During the 70s and 80s whenever we had a family get together everyone would get half smashed and insist that I play my guitar for them. I would do a number of straight songs like Blackbird and Stairway to Heaven and then when they got good and drunk I would sing Dead Puppies, which was always met with great approval. But the finale was always Tip Toe Through The Tulips done in the gayest Tiny Tim style I could muster. My version almost made Tiny Tim look straight. I don't think I could sing it now since my register has dropped with old age. The ironic thing is I never really learned all the words so I was always faking it in the middle section but everyone was laughing so hard no one ever noticed.

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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #143 on: July 20, 2011, 10:05:56 PM »
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You should look good in a grass skirt

Been there, done that.

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Can you sing Hawaiian Love Song in Welsh?

Only if you sing it first.

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... you'll never know as many songs as he did

I doubt that very much. But, if you said "you'll never know/play as many tunes as he did", I'd agree 110%.
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« Reply #144 on: July 20, 2011, 10:14:58 PM »
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]I don't think I could sing it now since my register has dropped with old age.

Even with my current (deep) base voice, I could still sing it in his register  ;)

If/when I put on my best female Welsh voice, folks who've known me for 40+ years have no idea who I am  ;D
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« Reply #145 on: July 20, 2011, 11:07:47 PM »
Even with my current (deep) base voice, I could still sing it in his register  ;)
Yes, but I don't think you could sing it in the register I used to sing it in. I really gayed it up.

For sure Tiny Tim had an encyclopedic knowledge of music, especially the 20s and 30s but I don't think he knows as many songs as I do. Seriously, there are very few people on this planet that know as many songs as I do.

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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #146 on: July 20, 2011, 11:25:27 PM »
I had no idea someone had a video camera on us yesterday; I suspect it was a DSC with limited video capability and not very good audio. This wasn't our best number, but we got what we got. We're missing a couple of players/singers due to vacations. Yours truly is nearest the camera in the back row, and I'm the deepest voice, although the key is a bit of a (high) stretch for me in my normal voice.

The lady to my right was born in Hawaii and plays by ear. She's only now starting to read the music (actually, lead sheets). The lady in front of me has been playing for 60 years, so I've got a ways to go. The guy facing the camera in the front row is our music director, and has been playing the ukulele for less time than me.

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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #147 on: July 21, 2011, 12:03:28 AM »
The lady to my right was born in Hawaii and plays by ear.
I tried playing by ear but I got too many calluses on my ear.

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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #148 on: July 22, 2011, 04:08:21 PM »
No grass skirts? Good looking group, toe tapping music!
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #149 on: July 22, 2011, 04:17:33 PM »
Robert, we had a plan to buy Ernie a grass skirt and a coconut bra, but someone dropped the ball. You are coming to our next practice with a ukulele, right?
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