Critique Request: Honolulu City Lights Arrangement

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    Alan FasickAlan Fasick
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    Here’s a video of me playing my first attempt at arranging a song on the ‘ukulele:

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

    I used chords I found on Island Music Network and the melody notes from a UU Forum post (links on the video description.) When I started working on it, I didn’t know much about chord melody, so I just tried to fit the melody notes into the chords as best as possible. I’m pretty happy with it overall, but would like to add more variety to it and smooth out the rhythm a bit.

    Any feedback is welcome. Everything’s fair game — what should I add or take out? techniques I should work on more or different ones to try? etc.?

    Mahalo,
    Alan

    #11077
    Alan FasickAlan Fasick
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    Here’s a link to Herb Ohta Jr.’s arrangement — wish I could play like him!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVjm2Bh1X3k

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    Alan FasickAlan Fasick
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    Thanks again for the feedback during yesterday’s live lesson, I really appreciate it.

    I think I’m going to start by taking it back to just strumming along with the recording, counting out the tempo and bars/chord to get it down, then work on the melody by itself with the recording and build from there. Your point about how you should be able to sing the song along with the solo performance makes perfect sense — I think I was feeling that this wasn’t the case, but had gotten stuck and didn’t know how to describe it or approach it.

    Now I have a plan, I’ll let you know how it goes after I work on it for a while.

    Thanks,
    Alan

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    Alan FasickAlan Fasick
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    After having an opportunity to ask Herb about his arrangement of this song, I thought it was time to revisit playing it. Still struggling with the bar chords a bit in the intro and outro, and working on smoothing out the performance (especially the bridge), but I feel I’m making progress so I thought I’d record how I’m doing so far.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM8SYQSYiDA&index=2&list=PLtTqBaoYgLQ_-JbRC7CHmPiOxdo0lyQ0F

    One challenge I’m finding is a lot of the phrases start after the chord change, usually 1/8th note later (on the up-strum).

    Another issue for me is keeping time. I’ve been thinking about your advise for me to do what I’m doing when I play guitar and realized my thumb helps me keep time on the guitar because it’s busy playing the bass line, so I’ve made a more conscious effort to move some other part of my body to keep time like my foot or give my thumb a job to do like strum the down-beats when there’s no melody note to pick.

    Let me know what you think and what I should focus on moving forward.

    Thanks,
    Alan

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