Live Lesson Challenge #7 – (4/4/2019)
April 5, 2019 at 11:38 am #24435
new challenge this week.
The new challenge is that your song can only have A Major, D Major, and E Major. It could use 1 or 2 of the chords instead of 3, but it can’t have more than that.
Cowboy Music / American Folk
Extra Super Bonus: make up a Dance to go along to your song.
This one is supposed to be more of a challenge by limiting the amount of chords you can use, but there are some options you might not think about. If you only use D and A, you can write your song in the key of D Major. If you use E and A, you can write your song in the key of E Major. You could also write using D Major and E Major and be in the key of D or E, but it would be a little more complex.
The deadline for the challenge is in 3 weeks (4/25/2019). Good luck! We’re looking forward to what you guys come up with.
-Kahai (UU Staff)April 8, 2019 at 4:37 pm #24444
I had some time on the weekend. I’m really having a lot of fun with these….April 9, 2019 at 9:17 am #24445
you killed it! I was hoping for someone to make a dance, but I didn’t think the first response was going to be one. Excellent job.
-KahaiApril 9, 2019 at 10:28 am #24446
Thanks Kahai! I had a lot of fun with it. I feel if I wait too long to do it, it may not get done.April 11, 2019 at 8:57 am #24450reneeforsytheMember
This is so awesome Jonathan! Brought joy to my heart. Thank you for inspiring me to take a risk.
RenéeApril 12, 2019 at 5:34 pm #24456
Thanks so much. You’ve all inspired me to start posting videos. This is the perfect place to take risks. Lots of support in UU plus.April 23, 2019 at 8:20 am #24494Alan FasickMember
I keep having the problem of coming up with ideas I like, but then when I go to record them can’t remember all of them — that and I never seem to really “finish” them. In any case, in order to make up for that I thought I’d include 3 partly-finished songs for partial-credit:
Decided to try some 12-bar Blues in A — A7, D7, E7.
I also had the thought to play in taro patch on my guitar and capo up 2 frets to A, but it just didn’t sound as good, so here’s a I V7 song in G instead:
And since I didn’t care so much for capoing up, I thought I’d go the other way — inspired by listening to some Tibetan changing and singing bowls, I set my tuner to A432 and detuned a half step to F#. This one has I IV and V7 in it:
A hui hou,
April 23, 2019 at 3:47 pm #24499
- This reply was modified 3 years, 9 months ago by Alan Fasick.
Alan, these are great!! 3 different songs 2 different instruments!! Nice work!! I really liked the last one, I think I connected to it in a different way, it reminded me of a score running under a scene in a movie. Very cool!April 24, 2019 at 9:07 am #24506
I wish we had more time in Denver, so you could teach me some slack key guitar. It’s funny that you mentioned Tibetan music. Originally, I tried tuning my guitar to EAEAAE. I tuned the G and and B strings to the same A, so I could play a droning high A, but I ended up switching it to G# to add variety, but I do like the droning notes that you find in that type of music. Like always, great job with your songs!April 24, 2019 at 10:18 am #24507Alan FasickMember
Mahalo for the kind words — if you were to imagine that movie scene, what would be happening? Your comment made me think of something, but I’m curious what images come to mind for you. Nice job with your song BTW, love that you went for it and did a dance!
I’ve been messing around with the same theme a bit more — trying to get more of a droning effect with the bass strings like the long sustain of the singing bowls, the hard part I’m having is finding a balance between that and the melody, but I’m sure it’ll balance out eventually, even if it’s not the original concept that inspired me.
I’ll throw my Yamaha in the car in case there’s time for a lesson or just messing around a bit — I’d love to show you a few things — I just love open tunings and feel lost when I pick up a guitar in standard tuning. I’ll e-mail you a packet I put together for a slack key workshop in January.
AlanApril 24, 2019 at 5:08 pm #24508
Some images that came to me when I was listening to it were….. silent comedy western. The scene is a duo. Two male cowboys. One of them is a smarter feller and the other is a not so smart feller..you know.. a typical comedy duo….Where the smarter guy is trying to show the other guy how to accomplish a task. They go back and forth and the not so smart guy just can’t get it right and the smarter guy gets more and more frustrated…..then near the end the smarter guys does it with him and the not so smart guy finally gets it… it’s all good at the end and everything is resolved.April 24, 2019 at 5:57 pm #24512kawaiMember
Great News: My partner and I had our second child this month!
Nahele Coast – Born at home in Petaluma, CA 4/9/19
Lesser News: I really phoned it in on this challenge with the lack of finding time to play ukulele with a new born!
Live Lesson Challenge #7 – Chicken Town Sunset (lowGCEG)
I was hoping to figure out the slide ukulele to add a little country sounding solo to this song, but couldn’t quite get it the way I wanted it to sound.April 25, 2019 at 9:06 am #24516
congratulations on your baby! That’s certainly a great reason for why you had to “phone it in” with the challenge, but I still think you did an excellent job. Using a slide is a great idea to add a little of that country twang. I haven’t use my slide in a really long time, but your song makes me want to give it another shot.April 25, 2019 at 5:21 pm #24522
Congratulations. Sixsixty!!! I think that’s amazing that you still did the challenge.April 25, 2019 at 5:23 pm #24523
…..and I love the slide…
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