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Daryl B

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Re: Delta Strummers in concert 2015
« Reply #30 on: May 21, 2015, 01:06:16 AM »


 If you watch the band, we're only playing chords, but we're all focusing hard on counting, to stay in sync. This is especially true for me; I can keep up pretty well if I'm singing at the same time as I'm playing, but I can easily get lost on the instrumental numbers.

I wish that was my problem. When I sing along, it throws my playing off. Of course, it doesn't take a lot to throw my playing off. :)

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Re: Delta Strummers in concert 2015
« Reply #31 on: May 21, 2015, 02:07:32 AM »
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When I sing along, it throws my playing off.

Interesting Daryl, I've had this discussion numerous times with folks I consider to be good musicians. My ears tell me when, for example, a chord change is coming, but I have no idea what the chord is and I have to look at a lead sheet. The musicians OTOH instinctively know what chord to switch to. The (vocal) melody usually comes out fine when I'm singing, and it helps keep my playing in sync. Lyrics also seem to come to me without having to think about them; Sometimes I couldn't tell you what the first word of the next song is, or what's the first word of the next line or verse, but I open my mouth to sing and out they come.
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« Reply #32 on: May 21, 2015, 08:03:27 AM »
I just watched the Apache video -- very, very nice.
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Re: Delta Strummers in concert 2015
« Reply #33 on: May 21, 2015, 08:35:09 AM »
Thanks Larry. Prior to this guy joining the band, I had no idea tunes like that could (or should) be played on the ukulele. I have some interesting discussions with this guy about how he learns new tunes. He certainly has skills & talents I don't have and likely never will.
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« Reply #34 on: May 21, 2015, 10:56:14 AM »
Apache was great!

If there's such a thing as a pedal steel uke or even a steel stringed electric uke Sleepwalk would work nicely too.  Or Wipe Out!  Uke seems to fit the surf guitar sound well.

Funny thing is that you can see who in the ensemble is having trouble with the rhythm.  If you've ever watched the string section of an orchestra all of the bows tend to be in similar positions at any given time.  Same with strumming a stringed instrument.  The good part is that it usually works out to sound pretty good.  From teaching group classes I've learned to spot it and mostly ignore it unless it's really bad.  It's really hard to keep the rhythem together in a group that large unless the leader is amplified enough that everyone can hear it.

I'm teaching a workshop this weekend and giving a one page song with 79 chord changes, some of which are evil and dreaded Barre chords.  it'll be fun.........  Been teaching this intermediate class for 20 something years, same students every year and they still whine when there's barre chords.   :o  I'm playing it with a knuckle I sliced to the bone while chopping onions and it still bleeds a little when I play. 
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« Reply #35 on: May 21, 2015, 12:35:08 PM »
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Apache was great!

Glad you liked it. I can hear a couple of picked notes that are "different" from the original I recall by The Shadows. I've seen the soloist bend notes, but I don't know if that's what's going on in this case. He's brought a number of good instrumentals to the band. One that I found particularly tough to keep up with was I Got A Spell On You; I and half the band finally squealed loud enough that the Director relented and used a small group to back the lead.

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Aye, I could see that on Apache, although a couple of folks appear to be doing a "different" strum from others, which makes it appear that they're way off. If it was that far off, I'd have noticed and passed the word along. I've been known to call 'time out' during a performance, although usually only when someone is playing a different song or in a different key  :o

If you look closely on Apache, I lost the beat a couple of times around 3:30, stopped, then came back in. I either lost count or concentration. This is a classic example of where singing would have kept me in sync, but I don't know any words for Apache  ;D

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Sounds like a lot of fun, but not the chopped knuckle part.
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« Reply #36 on: May 21, 2015, 04:47:27 PM »
I'm taking a dozen bandaids and some liquid skin just in case.  I cut it right down to the bone with my sharpest knife.  I once cut the tip of a finger off, had it surgically re-attached and played a church gig two weeks later.  Same finger!  (Slow learner)

I just realized that I Put a Spell on You might be an interesting mashup/medley with Greenfields, much in the same manner as Amazing Grace and House of the Rising Sun works together. Weird idea but it actually sounds good.

I've been playing today as so far no blood.  I need to play harder!
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Re: Delta Strummers in concert 2015
« Reply #37 on: May 21, 2015, 08:52:23 PM »
If the band aids don't work, this stuff works pretty good.

Good luck! I can already feel the pain.
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Re: Delta Strummers in concert 2015
« Reply #38 on: May 21, 2015, 09:33:17 PM »
Thanks Tom, I'll give one of those colors a try for sure!
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« Reply #39 on: May 21, 2015, 09:39:18 PM »
Don't get any on your strings  ;)
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« Reply #40 on: May 21, 2015, 10:36:37 PM »
Now that's ironic!  They're a set of pre-production Elixir strings I'm testing for Gore.  They're  already coated with plastic.  I think they'd look awesome in Orange.
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« Reply #41 on: May 22, 2015, 05:25:26 AM »
I really enjoyed All of Me.  Looks like a great group of people.  I wish I could play an instrument.(any instrument) :-\

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« Reply #42 on: May 22, 2015, 08:59:43 AM »
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I wish I could play an instrument.(any instrument) :-\

Robin, FWIW four years ago I'd never played a stringed instrument, and my only other attempt at playing an instrument was when, 17 years or so ago, I taught myself to play a keyboard (not very well). A month after buying my first ukulele, I almost gave up, but was fortunate to have a guitar-playing friend buy himself a uke and teach me some very basic strumming.

Apart from the fact that it has only four strings and a narrow neck, and is therefore 'easier' to play, the small size makes it ideal to take along in the coach.
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« Reply #43 on: May 22, 2015, 09:15:21 AM »
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They're  already coated with plastic.  I think they'd look awesome in Orange.

A band member turned up at last week's practice with a new set of "red" strings by Aquila. I've seen lots of Aquila strings, but not red ones. I played his uke for all of a few seconds, and I think the only one that's coated is the wound low-G string he opted for.
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« Reply #44 on: May 22, 2015, 10:51:22 AM »
Glow in the dark strings, yeah!  That's the ticket!
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« Reply #45 on: May 22, 2015, 11:16:24 AM »
They'd go well with my glow-in-the-dark face  :-[
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« Reply #46 on: June 02, 2015, 12:13:37 AM »
Today 40 Delta Strummers had a blast performing for a local elementary school. 540 kids split into 2 back-to-back performances; Kindergarten through 5th grade, and 6th through 8th grades. The programs were different for the two groups, but there was also some duplication of songs. The kids appeared to enjoy themselves and joined in on several songs, while clapping along on others.

The older kids in the school music program really seemed to enjoy Apache, while the younger kids had a blast with Old Macdonald and Itsy Bitsy Spider. Band members wore different 'farm animal' hats for Old Macdonald, much to the amusement of the kids, and someone hoisted a huge fake spider for Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Our last performance before Summer hiatus. Tomorrow I meet with the Activities Director of a new-to-us assisted living facility to discuss a possible performance in the Fall.

Tomorrow evening we start our customary end-of-season open mic' sessions, which provide an opportunity for band members to introduce new-to-us numbers for consideration for our song book and future performances.
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« Reply #47 on: June 02, 2015, 07:19:15 PM »
I think 540 kids are lots more fun than a dozen or so 'over served' partiers.  That's what we had last weekend.  We also had a pretty fair 'sober' crowd but they were quiet.  That's what you get playing open outdoor venues.   :o
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« Reply #48 on: June 02, 2015, 07:38:46 PM »
We don't do outdoor venues.

I'm trying to grab video from the camcorder, but it's not cooperating  :(

Off to open mic' night to propose 'new' numbers for the coming season; They have to be performed in front of the band, and everyone gets to vote with thumbs up or down.
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« Reply #49 on: June 02, 2015, 09:16:45 PM »
A Thumbs up or thumbs down?  Nice touch.  I'm sure that makes everyone want to submit a song for review.   ;)
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« Reply #50 on: June 03, 2015, 07:44:47 AM »
Folks are really supportive of, and respectful of, new submissions and we get far more 'new' stuff than we could possibly play in the coming season. Ability to perform is not a criteria and, if someone doesn't feel comfortable, they can get someone else to perform their submission for them. Requiring a lead sheet and a performance (in front of  the band) weeds out some of the junk that can't be played and frivolous submissions. I'm continually blown away by the number of relative newcomers who come forward. 12 of the 24 numbers in our May 2 concert came from prior open mic' submissions.

Had a bunch of new stuff last night, and we have two more open mic' nights to go. I felt humbled when our lead uke player (the pro guitar player) picked one of my prior arrangements to perform/submit last evening, after giving due attribution.
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« Reply #51 on: June 03, 2015, 06:26:01 PM »
Have you submitted any of the mountain of stuff I sent you?  (Just curious)
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« Reply #52 on: June 03, 2015, 09:28:05 PM »
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Have you submitted any of the mountain of stuff I sent you?  (Just curious)

Not yet. I'd first need to change it to ukulele-C tuning lead sheets.

FWIW I took your files as guitar teaching, not uke.
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Re: Delta Strummers in concert 2015
« Reply #53 on: June 03, 2015, 09:45:53 PM »
Should work for either.  Just in cases where I drew a picture of the chord it would be different.
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