Down by the Sally Garden and Simple Gifts – first time I've recorded myself

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    mikhou
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    Well, I have bitten the bullet and decided to do a UU+ private lesson. So with that in mind, here is my first attempt at recording myself. The first is Down by the Sally Garden in the key of C and the second is Simple Gifts in the key of F. They are both very simple and easy songs. Let me give credit to Ken Middleton for his arrangement of these lovely little songs that are free on his website.

    BTW these are recorded raw on my iphone. I don’t have any recording equipment nor a pickup in this uke. Then I reformatted the video so it would be smaller and easier to post. I hope that the quality is ok.

    Mike

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    #21786
    mikhou
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    Haha! After posting the video, I realized that I’m concentrating too hard to look happy! I really actually do enjoy playing the uke! 🙂

    Mike

    #21787
    marcgmarcg
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    Hey mikhou,

    What are you looking to improve on? I thought your performance was great. I could tell you are use to playing in front of people because you didn’t let any mistakes mess up your flow and rhythm. I saw in your earlier post that you would sing and strum on guitar but here you did an instrumental. If you want to move towards more instrumentals I would suggest the UU+ solos. Aldrine has some great holiday tunes that I think are great for beginners because they are so recognizable the groove comes super easily. Carol of the bells might be a good one to try out. If you don’t really like xmas songs I would check out “Sleep Walk” It is a really nice tune to play at any time of year.

    #21796
    mikhou
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    marcg, thanks for chiming in. As to

    What are you looking to improve on?

    I really just want to be a jack of all trades type of player. I guess in my private lesson, I want Aldrine to say if he sees any obvious flaws in technique. For example, when I used to play Travis style picking with my guitar I used 3 fingers and a thumb, but with my uke I have gravitated to using a my thumb and index finger. Is that bad, good, indifferent? I’m wondering if I should focus more on 2 fingers and a thumb for smoothness, but then again, a lot of uke players pick primarily with their thumbs. So I’m really just looking for any obvious flaws that he sees.

    I’m also working on a Jake song, but it’s not ready for publication yet, and I’m working on a chord melody version of Power of the Cross by Keith Getty.

    End of the day, I’d like to be a jack of all trades player, who can strum and sing fun stuff, play instrumentals, play chord melodies, do whatever I want on the uke. My long term interests are learning more about playing improv after my knowledge of scales and chord theory catch up. Again, thanks for chiming in, and I’ll see you around.

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