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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What Inspires You? You'd be Amazed...

      It's Spring,equinox has come,the wheel of the seasons has turned once more,and everything is coming alive. I thought this a grand time for contemplating what gives us musical inspiration? Think outside the box here. All of our senses come into play on this one.  I'll share here seeing as I can't hear what you're all thinking out there. 
       Getting outside because it's warmer,and I didn't realise how much I've missed the smell of the grass,hearing the birds singing,(including the woodpecker that rat-a-tat-tats on the power poles) and seeing flowers in bloom till I got out of the house & into the yard. That includes hearing bees buzz & seeing ladybugs. Being in the sun,I'm also getting my vitamin D for the day. And yes,I do notice a difference in my energy levels after-which means I'm more likely to stay up later playing ukulele,working on an arrangement of a tune,etc. 
       For those of you who don't have a yard to work in,one can take a trip to a nursery for an hour,go to a park,or make arrangements to stop in at a relatives or friends yard and either sit outside or do some yardwork. Cultivating a garden often cultivates our own creative musical flowerbeds. 
       Bike riding,surfing,walking,whatever it is that gets you out & about,will add to your energy levels and playing ability-just give it a try and see how it works for you!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Japan Needs Our Help

  More time has went by than I wanted when it comes to updating this blog-mainly because my mind & heart has been with Japan ever since the quake. Living in Southern California,having a nuclear reactor to the south of me and coastline about a half hour away,& our fishing industry, the obvious similarities really brought this one home. On one hand I'm thankful something like this didn't happen where I am,and at the same time I ache for those in Japan where it did and continues to happen. I wonder how those people are going to rebuild their lives anew,how they're coping with all the loss of family,friends,pets,job,home,city-it's just an overwhelming amount of stuff to deal with.
   I thought the worst disaster I would ever witness in my lifetime was 9-11. I'm sad to say I was wrong. Yet, as I watch the news,I'm seeing the people come together,aiding each other in getting to safety,even a pair of dogs stood firmly together as witnessed on the news. (and are now each receiving veterinary care) So the next question I have is "How can I help?" How can we as ukulele players,help? If you're on Twitter,pass on links for donations to established organizations like the Red Cross,Salvation Army,etc. Keep abreast of the info-what are these people needing,and what are they getting so far? I can't help but wonder how many of the kids & adults would appreciate a ukulele to pass the time away-to provide a healthy,healing diversion.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Martha Campbell Arranged for Baritone Uke

I worked on this late yesterday afternoon after getting inspired by a bluegrass solo book for soprano ukes. Have fun with it-it's in the key of D.

Martha Campbell Bari arr -

Martha Campbell Bari arr p2 -

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Irish Tune TIme! "Kerry Polka"

       Happy March,fellow Bari ukers! With St Patricks Day coming up,I figured it was time for an Irish ditty or two,starting with an easy tune to flatpick called "The Kerry Polka". 
       I'm still recovering from whatever bug I caught,and am hoping to be over this thing completely by next week. Be sure to visit the UkeStar Straps store-the straps for baritones are amazing-(all the straps are!) 

Kerry Polka 4 Bariuke