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Ukulele Bar Chords – C major form

This has been helpful to me, having first played the guitar and being used to using bar chords got me thinking it would be helpful to know how to use and play moveable bar chords on the ukulele.  So here is an example of how it works when using the form for a C major chord played in the open position as you move it on down the neck.  I will post some other bar chord forms in the future as I create the charts.

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Just Start!

I got this from Zig Ziglar yesterday and thought I’d share it with you in case you need some inspiration:

Something big is on your heart.

Just Start.

I don’t know how.
I have never done that before.
What if I look like a fool?

Just Start.

Other people do this sort of thing, not me.
I barely know anything about it.
It’s hard.

Just Start.

I will be 55 years old next month.
There is a lot of competition out there.
Nobody in my family has ever done that.

Just Start.

Take the first step.
Write it down as a goal.
Invest 20 minutes a day learning about it.

Something big is on your heart.

If you […] Continue Reading…

DB-13 Beginning to Finger Notes on the Double Bass

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This is lesson DB-13 Beginning to Finger Notes on the Double Bass, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as an adult double bass student.

See the video for a few pointers about fingering of notes.

Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

Today is a review next few sections of Simandl.  Half position through the octave.  (ie. 1st through 12th)  Pages 11, 14 and 18 (see pics below)

Key Points:

We’ve already gone over playing notes on the open strings.
Next, let’s finger some notes.  Due to the […] Continue Reading…

How to Build a Cigar Box Ukulele – Part 3

Here is a summary of the rest of the steps to finish my cigar box ukulele.  See Part 1 and Part 2.

After installing the end block in the front and back ends of the cigar box like this,

I began working on the neck.  Rather than try to carve and craft my own neck I purchased a solid mahogany the neck, fretboard, nut and bridge from Mainland Ukes and that saved a lot of work.  Nevertheless, the neck still required finishing including a lot of sanding:

Finishing the Neck

 Sand the neck with 120 grit sandpaper.
Apply a coat of mineral spirits.
Look for flaws […] Continue Reading…

Ukulele Things

Aloha all my cyber ‘ohana! I have been ‘uking around’ lately and thought I’d post some links to some ukulele pages for you.  I also recently, after a long delay, finished building my own cigar box ukulele and I will finish up part 3 of my How to Build a Cigar Box Ukulele series of posts.

Below are some links to my other more detailed uke pages.

Ukulele Pictures
The Ukulele Fretboard
How to Build a Cigar Box Ukulele – Part 1
How to Build a Cigar Box Ukulele – Part 2
How to Build a Cigar Box Ukulele – Part 3 (coming soon)
Recording of Give […] Continue Reading…

Bass Lessons Update

Just a quick news release to update you that I have not forgotten about continuing the double bass lesson series.  My last lesson post was on February 26th.  I was preoccupied and/or traveling for business (I have a full time day job other than music to keep me busy!) for most of the month of March.  Then in the first week of April I managed to break my thumb!  And I’ve been struggling with the VA healthcare system ever since trying to get properly treated. (See “Dear VA – Sorry, but you still suck” post for details!)

Anyway, stay tuned […] Continue Reading…

Dear VA – Sorry, but you still Suck

Dear Congress and the VA:

I’m not a dying vet (yet) that you have abandoned.  But I am a vet (Navy) and I did have a medical issue and you did abandon me.

You gave me VA health care coverage under the Veterans Choice Act because they are not accepting new patients at my local VA facilities.  In theory you said I can go receive care by a non-VA provider.  Sounds great right?

WRONG

I managed to break my thumb by smashing it between a sledge hammer and a steel fence post.  (OK my bad….but stuff happens, you know?)

I went to my primary […] Continue Reading…

Sunset over Puget Sound

I just had to share this.  Finally, the SUN has returned to the Pacific Northwest!  All I can say is “ahhh”.

DB-12 Left Hand Form and Fingering on the Double Bass

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This is lesson DB-12 Left Hand Form and Fingering on the Double Bass, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as an adult double bass student.  See the video for a few pointers about the unique aspects of left hand positions on the neck of the double bass compared to electric bass.  Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

Key Points:

 Use your finger tips, not the flat part.
 Be careful to not bend your wrist too sharply.  Excessive playing with a bent wrist can […] Continue Reading…

DB-11 Position Numbering on the Double Bass

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This is lesson DB-11 Position Numbering on the Double Bass, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as a beginning adult double bass student.  See the video for a few pointers about the unique aspects of left hand positions on the neck of the double bass compared to electric bass.  Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

Being a convert, coming from electric bass and guitar world, to the double bass, I had a tough time understanding the Simandl position numbering system. […] Continue Reading…

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