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    Right so here's what I was actually working on today. A White Stripes song that got me wanting to play slide since the first time I heard it. Never got my head round playing slide before now. Tried it on guitar and was awful, just like the rest of my guitar playing, I've tried it just by barring on my normal ukes but couldn't get the sound Right, so I decided to persevere today and while it still needs a lot of work it at least sounds like slide playing.

    This one's extra tricky as you alternate between slide and normal fretting all the way through. In Open A again.




    It's by the White Stripes naturally. From their first album.
    "Even on a cloudy day, I'll keep my eyes fixed on the sun"

    "But I heard voices, Not in the head, out in the air, they called to me. Through record speakers, through thick and thin, they found a shelter, beneath my skin"

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    Written for this season.
    Gospel blues in G.

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    Rob's Open C video prompted me to do one for open A7. Tune C up to C# and you have an A7. Bar fret 5 to get D7 and fret 7 to get E7. If I have time I will revisit the tuning and make a quick video or two for year 7 of the Seasons.
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    A blues in G, though it may not be your typical blues progression.

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    some homemade blues on my blue uke

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    Quote Originally Posted by wee_ginga_yin View Post
    Well you see back in the day when I played the juke joints
    and the whisky was flowing fast and the women were even faster
    at the beginning o' the evenin' ma fingers be all co-ordimicated,
    but when the booze got the betterin' o' me them there falanges
    would not work proper no mo'. So to extrapicate masel' frum that
    there situmacation ah would break the neck off a whisky bottle
    and slip that there thing over ma coke sniffing finger and play
    masel' sum bottleneck blues. Open tuning be for them there times
    when yous is drunk and the communimacation beteen the brainbox
    and the digits be shot to hell. Simples cos yous just gotta lay that there
    bottleneck on them there strings and slide like shit off a hot shovel.
    Oh, what a colourful life you have led, Rob! Having finally worked out how to do open tuning, what I want to know is, where do you find a "bottle neck". There seems to be a dearth of slides on Amazon, eBay and even music stores. And how do you find one that actually fits the neck of a uke (or does a guitar one fit the bill)? And how do you know what size fits your finger? Perhaps I just need to stick my finger in the neck of a bottle and, if it fits, smash the bottle!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimousinLil View Post
    Oh, what a colourful life you have led, Rob! Having finally worked out how to do open tuning, what I want to know is, where do you find a "bottle neck". There seems to be a dearth of slides on Amazon, eBay and even music stores. And how do you find one that actually fits the neck of a uke (or does a guitar one fit the bill)? And how do you know what size fits your finger? Perhaps I just need to stick my finger in the neck of a bottle and, if it fits, smash the bottle!
    Careful there Val. We will have no bloody fingers this season! The thing is, as we've seen here today, you dont even need a slide. You can always just use your finger. In the old days they used slim (Considine) pill bottles. Ive even heard you can use a lipstick cover. Im sure you have one of those lying around
    Last edited by lelouden; 02-11-2018 at 06:12 PM.
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    the great thing about ukes is the neck is narrow enough to allow you to use a short slide all the way across the strings - i find a short slide easier to handle. i also prefer the sound of a metal slide, to glass. on ebay various sellers have handy packs of 2 metal slides, one long and one short, so you can find which works best for you. i have very bad slide technique, and put the slide on my middle finger and grip it in place with the adjacent fingers. ideally one should really have the slide on the pinky, so you can mute the slide-string rattle with your other fingers, also it frees the other fingers for playing notes and wotnot. as ladeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees we should have no trouble with slide sizing - if you feel it's too loose, you can put some paper or card inside to give it a more grippy fit. but all this is finesse - in an emergency, if you find yourself quite slideless, you can use a pen or pencil or the edge of a ruler
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    * just watching ryan playing notes, he's got the slide on his index finger, and it's all awesome! so, you know, just ignore everything i say o_O
    lynda

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    Quote Originally Posted by lelouden View Post
    Careful there Val. We will have no bloody fingers this season! The thing is, as we've seen here today, you dont even need a slide. You can always just use your finger. In the old days they used slim (Considine) pill bottles. Ive even heard you can use a lipstick cover. Im sure you have one of those lying around
    Lipstick cover ... right! (Might just be able to find one of these!)
    Walnut Flea Soprano, Eleuke Peanut, Rob Collins Soprano, Motu, Ukubidon, Gretsch Camp Ukulele, Tenor "Style Manouche", Hora mahogany Baritone, Roger Terry baritone, Sylvain Enjoubaut concert, Outdoor Ukulele (tenor), Ohana Vita, Ohana KA-6 (6-string tenor), DoudsandJo electro-acoustic tenor.

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