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Bluke
04-15-2009, 07:35 AM
I love playing the ukulele, as I do guitar. What I see in this forum and on so many linked UT vids are performances and tabs of instrumental versions of tunes that have great lyrics. I do like working out interesting solo uke versions of tunes with great melodies, but I also like the uke as an instrument to accompany a vocal part. When I search for song chords, I often find TAB of the melody without any chords shown! Even if you're playing the melody, it is based around the song's chords, and you must know them as well. I just saw a UT of a UU member playing Dean Martin's Sway as an instrumental. While the young man was a good player and got most of the melody's notes correct, the version lacked any emotion or feeling. That is all in the lyrics (and the accompaniment). If you are looking for a song's chords to sing along with, these types of presentations don't show you that. Doesn't anyone sing anymore?

NukeDOC
04-15-2009, 07:37 AM
a lot of people do. just look at the contest thread "all things reggae"

deach
04-15-2009, 07:43 AM
You must not visit YouTube much. Most uke videos have singing. I can only think of a handful of instrumental only uke playerz. Even WS64 sings in a couple of his videos.

UKISOCIETY
04-15-2009, 07:53 AM
I love playing the ukulele, as I do guitar. What I see in this forum and on so many linked UT vids are performances and tabs of instrumental versions of tunes that have great lyrics. I do like working out interesting solo uke versions of tunes with great melodies, but I also like the uke as an instrument to accompany a vocal part. When I search for song chords, I often find TAB of the melody without any chords shown! Even if you're playing the melody, it is based around the song's chords, and you must know them as well. I just saw a UT of a UU member playing Dean Martin's Sway as an instrumental. While the young man was a good player and got most of the melody's notes correct, the version lacked any emotion or feeling. That is all in the lyrics (and the accompaniment). If you are looking for a song's chords to sing along with, these types of presentations don't show you that. Doesn't anyone sing anymore?

Different Youtubers have different objectives with their videos. Many times, it's to do instrumental versions of songs. Perhaps it's best to judge them by what they are trying to accomplish rather than what you want them to do.

sukie
04-15-2009, 08:09 AM
Not everyone can or wants to sing. I guess I fail to see why that should bother you. Maybe don't watch the ones you don't like? There sure are plenty of videos to watch.

GX9901
04-15-2009, 08:11 AM
There are way more videos on Youtube of people singing accompanied by the uke than people doing instrumentals. I personally have only posted instrumental videos because I really enjoy ukulele instrumentals and I can't sing. But there really are a lot more ukulele videos with singing than instrumentals out there.

Bluke
04-15-2009, 08:20 AM
You're right, Deach, I don't visit Utube that much. Just for what I need. I don't have all day to search through endless tons of useless garbage to find something of quality that I want to view. I have a life, and a job, and a wife, and music to still be played....

Ukisociety, I know that there are many different reasons and methods of playing music. I play instrumentals, too. I am not judging anybody, or saying anybody is wrong or good or bad. I am, however, often searching for versions to learn from, and I am specific about what works for me.

I guess I was just having a difficult day finding chord charts I needed. Thanks to all who do post them!

dominicfoundthemooon
04-15-2009, 08:27 AM
Different Youtubers have different objectives with their videos. Many times, it's to do instrumental versions of songs. Perhaps it's best to judge them by what they are trying to accomplish rather than what you want them to do.

i agree with pops

deach
04-15-2009, 08:33 AM
You're right, Deach, I don't visit Utube that much. Just for what I need. I don't have all day to search through endless tons of useless garbage to find something of quality that I want to view. I have a life, and a job, and a wife, and music to still be played....
...

I guess doing a little searching for something you want is more difficult and time consuming than waiting for the chord fairy to drop something in your lap.

generem
04-15-2009, 08:45 AM
Bluke.. You have to understand why we are a little defensive... re-read your post..

If you are trying to figure out a song, why not post in the song help section rather than bashing us here as a whole

:stop:

We are a peaceful family here at UU.. no need for all the hostility

NukeDOC
04-15-2009, 08:48 AM
You're right, Deach, I don't visit Utube that much. Just for what I need. I don't have all day to search through endless tons of useless garbage to find something of quality that I want to view. I have a life, and a job, and a wife, and music to still be played....


ouch. i dont exactly resemble that remark (i hope) and im not exactly offended by it. but i feel like i have to reply.

ok there are some videos on the net that i, too, feel arent up to par. but music is music. and if it is obvious that someone is actually trying to make music, whether it suits your ears or not, it shouldnt be deemed "useless garbage". it takes a lot of guts to get up in front of that webcam... let alone post it on the world wide interwebs. its almost as nerve racking as getting up on a stage to perform.

its true there is a lot of content there that you may not be looking for or that doesnt suit your taste or needs. but you yourself can do your part to minimize sifting through it all by entering a more well placed search query.
ex.
if you were to just search for "ukulele" im sure you know what you are going to be bombarded with. but search for "ukulele cover blue suede shoes".

you might still end up with only junk in your opinion. but if you really feel that way, research the song, learn the music, make it your own, strap on your webcam, record yourself, post it up, and show us all how its supposed to be done! just dont get offended if someone else out there considers your hard work and effort to be useless garbage.

and btw, many of us here have spouses/significant others, lives, jobs, and multiple children. not only do we find the vids and info we want, but we post them too.

Ukulele JJ
04-15-2009, 09:02 AM
I don't have all day to search through endless tons of useless garbage


I am not judging anybody, or saying anybody is wrong or good or bad.

:confused:

JJ

Link
04-15-2009, 09:12 AM
bluke.. You have to understand why we are a little defensive... Re-read your post..

If you are trying to figure out a song, why not post in the song help section rather than bashing us here as a whole

:stop:

We are a peaceful family here at uu.. No need for all the hostility
wooooooord

Bluke
04-15-2009, 09:18 AM
Man, it looks like I walked into the super-sensitive club today! I made no nasty comments to anyone, so why the shredding? So you all somehow feel responsible for all the crap on UTube? I wasn't blaming you! It's just a fact. Relax! Hostility? What train are you on?:shaka::D:confused:

ukeatan
04-15-2009, 09:22 AM
Man, it looks like I walked into the super-sensitive club today!

I didn't know I was in a club! Cool!!!

Does that mean I'll have something else to do besides search through endless tons of useless garbage?

deach
04-15-2009, 09:24 AM
Man, it looks like I walked into the super-sensitive club today! I made no nasty comments to anyone, so why the shredding? So you all somehow feel responsible for all the crap on UTube? I wasn't blaming you! It's just a fact. Relax! Hostility? What train are you on?:shaka::D:confused:

You asked for emotion and feeling, you got it.

NukeDOC
04-15-2009, 09:26 AM
Man, it looks like I walked into the super-sensitive club today! I made no nasty comments to anyone, so why the shredding? So you all somehow feel responsible for all the crap on UTube? I wasn't blaming you! It's just a fact. Relax! Hostility? What train are you on?:shaka::D:confused:

sensitive? not even the case. nasty comments? none made. responsible for the crap? no comment, because what i was getting at is the crap attitude that it takes to publicly call any effort at music crap or useless garbage.

ill admit, i was curious as to who you were. so after i made my post, i went through several of your previous posts on this site. and the majority of them consist of asking for handouts and moaning when you dont get them.

dont stop your music. please. im sure there are many that would love to see what you do with it. myself included. but do stop the attitude. we're all here to try to help each other. but nobody likes to spoonfeed either. its just a fact.

CoffeeMate
04-15-2009, 09:35 AM
[QUOTE=Bluke;117790]You're right, Deach, I don't visit Utube that much. Just for what I need. I don't have all day to search through endless tons of useless garbage to find something of quality that I want to view. I have a life, and a job, and a wife, and music to still be played....

This attitude makes me very sad. I find inspiration from every single video I watch. None of it is "useless garbage" or a waste of my time. We all have busy lives and lots of ukulele playing to do. I applaud all of those with courage enough to post videos of themselves enjoying what they do, good or bad. If you are looking for something specific you have to do some research, there is no reason to disparage a video as garbage because you have a little work to do. We can't all be Jakes or Aldrines, or Kens, or FaceMeltingUkuleles or Sesso's or Deachs. The nice thing about the ukulele community is that we are not expected to be. There are a lot of great sites (including this one) in which to find great renditions of songs including lyrics.

SamWise
04-15-2009, 09:40 AM
I sing in pretty much every one of my videos. Probably everyone. If you really can't be bothered to look for good stuff on Youtube, of course you're not going to find any. It's not my job or anyone else's to find it for you - you can just follow links from the videos page here, or any of the contest pages, or you can search for covers of songs you like. Some will be better, some worse. When you find one you like, click subscribe, and you'll get more. If you can't be bothered to do that, don't come whining about how you don't see videos you like, because it's your own fault.

Here's my channel. If you like singing, and ukulele, you might like it.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Sammyboy72

deach
04-15-2009, 09:46 AM
.....We can't all be Jakes or Aldrines, or Kens, or FaceMeltingUkuleles or Sesso's or Deachs. ....


Wow! You have me in a lot of great company. I don't deserve it but thank you.

smgold101
04-15-2009, 09:46 AM
This thread is Hilarious hahaha i needed a good laugh today too lol.
And remember "whats one mans trash is another mans treasure"... I feel like thats a real quote?

cpatch
04-15-2009, 09:55 AM
Define "sing".

AcousticMonster
04-15-2009, 10:00 AM
Bluke, I don't know if what I do is call "singing" but feel free to visit my youtube page. :D

Link
04-15-2009, 10:01 AM
I've been told my voice makes you believe I am the lovechild of Whitney Houston and Michael Bolton.

Captain Google
04-15-2009, 10:01 AM
Define "sing".

Something I'm not sure I want to do to the YouTube public.

SailQwest
04-15-2009, 10:04 AM
I sing in virtually all of our videos. The ones I don't were basically for comparing different instruments (and a camera test).

SamWise
04-15-2009, 10:17 AM
I think it's important to understand that when you slag off the ukulele videos on Youtube, that's us. It's us you're running down. Yes, we ARE responsible for a large proportion of the ukulele videos on Youtube, and when you call them crap, chances are that you're talking about at least some videos we made.

By the way, I think you're dead wrong about the Sway video. I thought it was excellent. I have to say, however, that to pick a video from a ukulele instrumentals contest, and then complain that it has no singing is a little.....shortsighted?

sukie
04-15-2009, 10:27 AM
I often find TAB of the melody without any chords shown! Even if you're playing the melody, it is based around the song's chords, and you must know them as well....

.....the version lacked any emotion or feeling. That is all in the lyrics (and the accompaniment). If you are looking for a song's chords to sing along with, these types of presentations don't show you that. Doesn't anyone sing anymore?

Okay, I'm cranky -- maybe I need to up the dosage of my little pink pills -- but what do you mean you aren't slamming anyone? Sure looks like it to me.

What do you mean you find the tabs but not the chords? Somehow you think youtubers should post the chords for you? I finger pick. I couldn't care less what the chords are. Besides, it's not their job to post chords -- or tabs -- if they don't want to.

What do you mean the video lacked any emotion or feeling? I thought it was a lovely video. Guess I'm not a good critic.

I'm married, have a job, take ukulele lessons, belong to an ukulele orchestra, have a son (and his lovely girlfriend), have chores, read books, practice my ukulele, and have other various fun things to do. I choose my computer time carefully. I occasionally waste too much time on the computer but I would never slam videos I didn't like.

For cripes sake, if you don't like it, quit watching and look for some you do like. And it would probably be better if you didn't attack UU people. We like to defend our own.

I am off my soapbox now. And probably off my desire to make a youtube video too. I don't need criticism.

iamdanielle
04-15-2009, 10:33 AM
I just saw a UT of a UU member playing Dean Martin's Sway as an instrumental. While the young man was a good player and got most of the melody's notes correct, the version lacked any emotion or feeling. That is all in the lyrics (and the accompaniment). If you are looking for a song's chords to sing along with, these types of presentations don't show you that. Doesn't anyone sing anymore?

EDITED. Stop being mean. It takes a great deal of courage to post videos of your own singing and playing for the world to see. No one is obligated to do anything for you and no one wants your criticism. If you want chords to specific songs, try googling the name of the song and then "chords." The results will most likely be guitar chord websites, but you can play the same chords on your uke.

EDITED...

edits: lets not fight fire with fire here. fight it with water. if someone is breaking the rules by being a jerk, then lets not return the favor, but "be water" (quote from bruce lee). everything else in your post, however, right on! - NukeDOC

Ahnko Honu
04-15-2009, 10:35 AM
Wow! You have me in a lot of great company. I don't deserve it but thank you.

You also have a cool hat. ;)

Ahnko Honu
04-15-2009, 10:38 AM
You're right, Deach, I don't visit Utube that much. Just for what I need. I don't have all day to search through endless tons of useless garbage to find something of quality that I want to view. I have a life, and a job, and a wife, and music to still be played....



Are you implying other UU members don't have a life, etc? :confused:

ukeshale
04-15-2009, 10:41 AM
wow! this is the closest thing i've seen to hostility on this forum. The reason i fell in love with this community in the first place is that i only ever feel encouragement and never pressure. My youtube channel's kept secret from family and friends. it really does feel like a great outlet! big up UU :shaka:

Yopparai
04-15-2009, 10:44 AM
I personally blame Deach for every "kitty cat using the people toilet and then flushing" video on Youtube. I haven't worked out all the details as to how he is responsible, but clearly it is his doing.

hoosierhiver
04-15-2009, 10:48 AM
I like my garbage.

iamdanielle
04-15-2009, 10:51 AM
I like my garbage.

I like your "garbage" too.

Although I'd like to go ahead and refer to it as music.

Ahnko Honu
04-15-2009, 10:51 AM
One man's garbage another man's treasure. ;)

TheWannabe90
04-15-2009, 10:51 AM
I hereby want to apologize for the garbage I have put on Youtube...
feel free to recycle it... (funny, a wordjoke...:))

NukeDOC
04-15-2009, 10:55 AM
ok guys before this gets outa hand, i think everyone gets the picture and agrees on their opinions of the original post(er).

everyone is entitled to their opinion. and the opinions have been made known. lets leave it at that and move on to the next interesting topic.

im locking the thread now.