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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #90 on: June 25, 2011, 12:33:21 PM »
That hat cost me all of $3.99 at a CVS Pharmacy.
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #91 on: June 25, 2011, 04:09:41 PM »
Ar hyd y nos!
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #92 on: June 25, 2011, 05:24:52 PM »
You're on Jim. OTOH you said it perfectly, so maybe we could sign a duet  ;D

FWIW one of the other guys sang a beautiful Mauri song yesterday. I haven't been able to get it out of my head since I first heard it some weeks ago. He sang the first two verses in the Mauri language, and we all sang the last two verses in English.

We have another performance at a different assisted living place in a few weeks - not the same song list. In August we perform all Hawaiian songs at a luau at a third assisted living facility. That's going to be much tougher, because some of those Hawaiian songs are almost impossible to sing and quite tough to play - unless you were born on the islands. Fortunately, we have a couple of Hawaiian ladies coming to our practices, and I'm hoping they'll join us in the performance. We'll also have a couple of Hawaiian-born dancers in the show. Hope they keep some food for us!
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #93 on: July 03, 2011, 12:02:51 PM »
I'm thinking we could have an interesting jamming session at one of rallies; Tom S playing his guitar, Jim D alternating between his bagpipes and his ukin, and me trying to keep up playing my ukulele  ;D
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #94 on: July 03, 2011, 12:41:23 PM »
I'm thinking we could have an interesting jamming session at one of rallies; Tom S playing his guitar, Jim D alternating between his bagpipes and his ukin, and me trying to keep up playing my ukulele  ;D

That's what I was thinking. Pancake Bill plays a mean dobro. But your sinuses won't let you come to Q. That is the only rally I will be at in the next year.

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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #95 on: July 03, 2011, 02:44:31 PM »
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Pancake Bill plays a mean dobro.

Didn't realize that Bill plays the dobro. I believe we have another member who plays that instrument and gave us a performance at Moab. Maybe I have to join via Skype  :(
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #96 on: July 03, 2011, 07:06:07 PM »
Tom,

I would need to replace the strings on the Ukin and you would have to give me lessons. ;D ;D
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #97 on: July 03, 2011, 10:48:58 PM »
Jim,

Ukulele strings are really cheap, even "good" nylgut ones by Aquila.
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #98 on: July 04, 2011, 01:22:11 AM »
Tom,

Yes, they are cheap and someday I need to get some. ;D That's the easy part. The hard part is learning how to play!!!
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #99 on: July 04, 2011, 03:14:35 AM »
Jim, there are lots of (free) online resources, including lessons, such as this one and this one (scroll down the page to see links to individual lessons). Too bad you're not close to us; Our new music director is an excellent teacher, and would get you playing in no time.

BTW this might help if/when you decide to re-string.
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #100 on: July 04, 2011, 07:41:36 AM »
Tom, that was me at Quartzsite, Tom is referring to mean as that Bill Means to play the dobro.  or it is mean to us that Bill played the dobro. 

I found a genie when I polished the cover plate on my dobro, I got one wish.  I weanted to play the dobro real bad.  Got the wish.
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #101 on: July 04, 2011, 08:52:32 AM »
Also Larry plays guitar. And so does Steve.

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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #102 on: July 04, 2011, 09:39:25 AM »
Tom S, have you decided to dress up for the occasion? (Just looking at your new avatar.)
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #103 on: July 04, 2011, 09:49:49 AM »
Tom,

Thanks for those resources!
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« Reply #104 on: July 04, 2011, 09:51:54 AM »
Tom S, have you decided to dress up for the occasion? (Just looking at your new avatar.)
No, I decided I needed an age reduction surgery. I just had another birthday and I am getting tired of getting older.

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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #105 on: July 04, 2011, 10:27:29 AM »
You're welcome Jim. There's a bunch of other resources on our web site at http://www.deltastrummers.org under Ukulele resources in the menu.
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #106 on: July 04, 2011, 03:54:39 PM »
Have you seen the video of Jake Shimabukuro playing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on the ukulele? This is an awesome video! ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gaWuadgL3g
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« Reply #107 on: July 04, 2011, 03:58:16 PM »
Thanks for the link. Yes, I've watched a number of Jake's videos. He's a really talented ukulele player.
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« Reply #108 on: July 04, 2011, 09:27:38 PM »
I had actually never heard of Jake Shimabukuro before seeing the link to the video posted on FB by a local radio personality recently. This guy is amazing on the ukulele. I love to watch talented musicians! I only wish I was musically talented in some way....but it ain't happenin'! LOL!
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« Reply #109 on: July 13, 2011, 08:11:58 PM »
Yesterday (Tuesday) The Delta Strummers performed for another, larger, local assisted-living community. Our new music director refined the play list somewhat, so folks weren't listening to the same old stuff. We also had a hula dancer who has danced with the group in prior years; This lady is a certified hula dancer and instructor, and we are fortunate to have her associated with the group.
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #110 on: July 14, 2011, 08:43:32 PM »
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Last Monday I was invited to attend a choral practice and was introduced as "my buddy Tom who came up with the idea for this song: He's here to audit you singing, and will be back in a couple of weeks to sing the song to you in Welsh".

Well, that event happened on Monday of this week. What an incredible experience for me!

The chorus sang two verses in English and I sang a third verse in Welsh. An audience of 65-70 great singers put me on edge; I couldn't hear the chorus humming behind me (actually, seated in front of me), and I couldn't hear the piano 6" away from me.

All the feedback was quite positive. A few folks in the chorus wanted to know if I'd be singing in the show (I can't, due to residency requirements). A wee Scottish lass we met last year asked me if I sang and, when I said "not a single note", she said "All Welshmen sing".

When this lady came off the risers on Monday, she stopped by me and said "you lied to me last year"  ;D

Meanwhile, having attended two partial rehearsals, I can't wait to see the full show tomorrow (Friday) evening. The director is so creative that it defies explanation. And this guy is our ukulele music director!
 
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #111 on: July 14, 2011, 08:47:24 PM »
You didn't lie, you don't sing a single note, you sing a lot of notes :)
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« Reply #112 on: July 14, 2011, 08:49:12 PM »
LOL Ned. I couldn't hear myself singing but, the following day, my choral/music director friend assured me I was on key and in tune for the whole thing. He commented that I jumped the ending, but caught myself, and got in step.

It's a lot easier to sing A Capaella  ;D
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« Reply #113 on: July 14, 2011, 08:57:53 PM »
Forgot to mention that I talked to the sound guy at the break; I was concerned about having sung into the mic with no 'sound check'. He said "I immediately knew when you introduced yourself (sans mic) that you had a 'big voice', and I was ready for you; When you hit the first note, I immediately cranked the volume down, and everything sounded great".
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« Reply #114 on: July 15, 2011, 06:49:25 AM »
A good sound man is your best friend, he can make or break a performance.  I've heard a lot of broken ones :)
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Re: Calling all ukulele players
« Reply #115 on: July 15, 2011, 09:29:03 AM »
I certainly gained an appreciation for a good sound man on Monday evening. OTOH he confirmed afterwards what I knew going in - that I didn't need the mic for that size room. But I did what I was told. I believe I saw some recording equipment, and another guy was monitoring stuff on his PC (looked like the output from the mixer).

Haven't asked the music director but, knowing him, he'll do something creative with it. He told me up front that his objective was to send chills through the chorus members when they heard it in the original language. Hope I succeeded  ???
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« Reply #116 on: July 15, 2011, 09:55:00 AM »
Let us know when it gets to YouTube.
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« Reply #117 on: July 15, 2011, 10:45:28 AM »
There was no video recording that evening, only audio. The group's videographer told the director afterwards that he wished he'd had his camera for that song. Not sure I'd want to be featured on YouTube singing, but fly fishing I don't mind  ;D   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeeH3tBL1VU
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« Reply #118 on: July 15, 2011, 10:47:13 AM »
The problem with not singing into a PA is the fact you can't hear yourself properly and therefore it is easy to get out of tune. With a properly set up PA you can hear every note and avoid being out of tune.

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« Reply #119 on: July 15, 2011, 10:55:00 AM »
I suppose that, if I was wearing a monitor or had floor monitors, that would be true. Apparently, the musical experts thought I was in tune anyway. I might get an opportunity to talk about it one on one with chorus members this evening, during the break at their concert.
Edit: Fixed typo.
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