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Gentr1
06-16-2009, 01:51 PM
Hi ! I think this contest might get interesting...

Concept

Here is the idea: take the third part of Gently Weeps as played by Jake Shimabukuro. The part with the crazy strumming.
Try to play your own version of it. As fast and crazy as you can.
Give it all... No holds barred...

See my video introducing the contest at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j97vWecLpg

Rules


Play it with a uke.
Make sure the video shows the hands working on the uke. So we can see greatness at work.
As many posts as you wish...
Videos recorder before the start of the contest are not eligible.
Post a link to your video on this thread or on UkeNewb youtube site...I will put them all in a Youtube playlist, and add the link to this post.


Prize

The winner will receive a nice concert-size uke "CLEARWATER". I don't really use it anymore , so it's time I share the good stuff...

Closing Date
I have to wait for my new internet connection to be installed before I can use my webcam again. So the closing date is going to be pushed a little bit further in time until I can use the internet properly... Sorry guys.
New deadline: 11:59, UK time, on July 22th. Should leave plenty of time for everybody.

If you don't know what chords to play, look at the excellent tutorial from UkuCouS : Gently Weeps tutorial - Part 3
Good luck everybody. Have fun!


Entries so far:

UkuCouS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4Yvs8Yvzm4
UkuEroll - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJ7FSDG0S08
specialmike - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9944NMWOo8
thejumpingflea - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI1ckaICLw4
GX9901 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPtbunGYKHI
iamsam - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCeYRcJCY-0
lernon - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TSEaWnDfr0
RyRod - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZFgLDjVYLQ
berylbite - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqe8-s4eny0


And the winner is...

Sorry for not posting a video, but my home connection is still not working...
So, first, all entries are quality. Congratulations for your playing, guys.
I feel ashamed I have to make a choice. But, I only have one ukulele to spare.
My choice is very much subjective I am afraid. I have been hesitating between the strumming mastery of thejumpingflea and the creativity of berylbite.
Hats off to both performances.
As I have to choose, I will go for originality .
berylbite you are the winner.
Contact me at mehdi.khoury@gmail.com and I shall arrange for the uke to be sent at your address.
Thanks to you all for participating. That was most interesting, and in the future, I shall try to pick some strumming ideas from your entries...
Cheers!

UkuCouS
06-16-2009, 02:03 PM
Here's my entry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4Yvs8Yvzm4), although you've already saw it

grappler
06-16-2009, 05:50 PM
Wow, what a contest!
i wish i could strum that part!
its so hard!

Gentr1
06-16-2009, 10:14 PM
I had a look at your videos, and they are really good!
Strumming is just dumb fun !! Strum it the way you like, and it will become intersting anyway ;)

grappler
06-16-2009, 10:50 PM
haha!!
yeah ill work on it and let you know !!
thanks for checking out my videos. They aren't that great man

UkuLeLesReggAe
06-17-2009, 12:38 AM
hey, i like ur accent :D am i on ur good side?!

umm.. i dunno the chords :S is it possible to get the chords?? and mess around with the sturm, or u have to work out chords aswell?

UkuCouS
06-17-2009, 01:19 AM
Chords are

0086 / 0066 / 0056 / 0046 /(slide) 0068 all x2
0086 / 0068 / 0058 / 0048
0086 / 0068 / 005(10) / 004(11)
00(11)(15) / 0(10)(11)(15) / 09(11)(15) / 08(11)(15)

CouS

Gentr1
06-17-2009, 01:39 AM
hey, i like ur accent :D am i on ur good side?!

umm.. i dunno the chords :S is it possible to get the chords?? and mess around with the sturm, or u have to work out chords aswell?
Well... As I said if you want the chords, look at the tutorial from UkuCouS : Gently Weeps tutorial - Part 3 on Youtube.
The chords are not really hard to do. Honestly. If I could do that part in a day or two, you won't have any problem...
Mess around, do whatever you feel like...
Best of luck!

UkuCouS
06-17-2009, 01:47 AM
Cool ! free adverstising :D Thanks Gentr1 !
Here's a link for the tut (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVh1Ufz01uM)

SmokeyStubbs
06-17-2009, 08:04 AM
Wow, what a bizzare coincidence. I started learning that part on Monday. I haven't played any of the rest of the song, just that bit! That means I have to enter. It's my destiny :D

wearymicrobe
06-17-2009, 09:14 AM
At some point I need to get a camera so I can record. I use this passage to practice my full speed triple. I might actually be able to compete.

UkuEroll
06-18-2009, 06:34 AM
Here is my attempt at it. Just what I need a big brother for my Clearwater soprano.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJ7FSDG0S08

ukulelebadass
06-18-2009, 07:06 AM
004(11) !?

Whaddaya have? Six fingers? Maybe on a soprano or even a concert I could do that! Gevalt!

specialmike
06-18-2009, 09:45 AM
What is the "right strumming" pattern for this? For some reason, If I play those fret, I can play it even faster and it still sounds... "right". you know?

Apart from the stretch... it doesn't seem so hard. So what's the right pattern then? Or is there none?

Gentr1
06-18-2009, 11:04 AM
What is the "right strumming" pattern for this? For some reason, If I play those fret, I can play it even faster and it still sounds... "right". you know?

Apart from the stretch... it doesn't seem so hard. So what's the right pattern then? Or is there none?

Just pick some cool strumming that you like to play fast. If you wanna play it Shimabukuro style, or any other style, that's entirely your choice...
The interest of the contest is that everyone has his own patterns.
No specific pattern. Just unleash your mighty ukulele :D

specialmike
06-18-2009, 01:41 PM
Just pick some cool strumming that you like to play fast. If you wanna play it Shimabukuro style, or any other style, that's entirely your choice...
The interest of the contest is that everyone has his own patterns.
No specific pattern. Just unleash your mighty ukulele :D

IS it alright if i make one version as a "place holder." I don't know if I'll get a chance to make another one, I'm a busy guy. So if I don't, that will be my entry, if I do get the time however, I'll withdraw the previous video and put in a new video.

sound good?
place holding entry URL:click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9944NMWOo8)

Gentr1
06-18-2009, 02:32 PM
IS it alright if i make one version as a "place holder." I don't know if I'll get a chance to make another one, I'm a busy guy. So if I don't, that will be my entry, if I do get the time however, I'll withdraw the previous video and put in a new video.

sound good?
place holding entry URL:click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9944NMWOo8)

You can make as many submissions as you want...
You have until the 15th of July, so, no stress !!

Nice one! I'll put it in the lot.

UkuLeLesReggAe
06-18-2009, 09:53 PM
thanks for the chords, might try it out. see what happens

davoomac
06-20-2009, 04:36 AM
You guys have some crazy fast fingers! Awesome contest by the way, I hope I can join it too!

Gentr1
06-20-2009, 10:38 PM
You guys have some crazy fast fingers! Awesome contest by the way, I hope I can join it too!

I have no doubt at all that you can join!
By the way, cool tutorials! ;)

thejumpingflea
06-21-2009, 12:01 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI1ckaICLw4


Heres my entry! I thought I'd try with some fun 10 finger strums at the start.

The vid is sorta sloppy, but it gets the job done.

Great contest idea!!!!

Gentr1
06-22-2009, 12:21 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI1ckaICLw4


Heres my entry! I thought I'd try with some fun 10 finger strums at the start.

The vid is sorta sloppy, but it gets the job done.

Great contest idea!!!!

Awesome!! :eek:
The fabled 10 fingers strum technique !!
Ay Ay Ay...

UkuEroll
06-22-2009, 12:28 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI1ckaICLw4


Heres my entry! I thought I'd try with some fun 10 finger strums at the start.

The vid is sorta sloppy, but it gets the job done.

Great contest idea!!!!

I love the way you do that strum, gonna go practice it now.

ukeshale
06-22-2009, 03:00 AM
wow, some awesome entries here. such a high standard!

GX9901
06-22-2009, 12:19 PM
Hey, it's a contest I could actually enter!

Here's my attempt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPtbunGYKHI

I added some crap and made it longer than it should be, but what the heck, it's fun. :p

UkuCouS
06-22-2009, 01:58 PM
@ GX9901

Bravo ! And thanks I was looking for this new start, Jake made it in one of the new videos one his site.

Gentr1
06-22-2009, 02:06 PM
Hey, it's a contest I could actually enter!

Here's my attempt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPtbunGYKHI

I added some crap and made it longer than it should be, but what the heck, it's fun. :p

Now, that is cool! I am going to try the beginning chords too next time I play Gently Weeps...
This uke sounds extra extra good.

iamsam
06-27-2009, 12:29 PM
Here is my entry.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCeYRcJCY-0
I have to say, my money is on thejumpingflea at the moment, really impressive.
All great entries though.

lernon
07-02-2009, 09:53 AM
here's my entry... not too great.. but w/e it's for fun right?.... right...?
anyways... this is it:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TSEaWnDfr0 ... with my own little intro in there...

ukumic
07-02-2009, 10:19 AM
Great entries there! jumpingflea's entry with the crazy "matrix hand motion" ;) is really stunning!

RyRod
07-03-2009, 06:05 PM
I've been wanting to do some contest for awhile now and this one seems pretty fun.
Anyway, here's my entry.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=548uIOlRAec

Good luck to everyone. All the entries are so good.

grappler
07-03-2009, 06:09 PM
I've been wanting to do some contest for awhile now and this one seems pretty fun.
Anyway, here's my entry.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=548uIOlRAec

Good luck to everyone. All the entries are so good.

I think this is great!
nice and consistent
great job

RyRod
07-11-2009, 04:06 PM
First off, thanks grappler for the kind words for my first attempt.

Now... Here is my final entry to your contest. I had more time to practice up and I like how this one turned out.
Thanks for watching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZFgLDjVYLQ

berylbite
07-12-2009, 03:21 PM
Here we go!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqe8-s4eny0&feature=channel_page

RyRod
07-12-2009, 04:37 PM
yet another great entry to add to all the other ones.
It's pretty cool seeing how everyone is doing their own "thing" with it.

Gentr1
07-13-2009, 12:54 AM
Nice one :)


First off, thanks grappler for the kind words for my first attempt.

Now... Here is my final entry to your contest. I had more time to practice up and I like how this one turned out.
Thanks for watching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZFgLDjVYLQ

Gentr1
07-13-2009, 12:56 AM
Yep!!
Unleashing the fury of the mighty ukulele...
Impressively creative :cool:


Here we go!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqe8-s4eny0&feature=channel_page

Gentr1
07-14-2009, 11:39 PM
I have to wait for my new internet connection to be installed before I can use my webcam again. So the closing date is going to be pushed a little bit further in time until I can use the internet properly... Sorry guys.
New deadline: 11:59, UK time, on July 22th. Should leave plenty of time for everybody.

berylbite
07-16-2009, 08:31 AM
Dang, I might explode with anticipation before then.

Gentr1
07-23-2009, 12:18 AM
Sorry for not posting a video, but my home connection is still not working...
So, first, all entries are quality. Congratulations for your playing, guys.
I feel ashamed I have to make a choice. But, I only have one ukulele to spare.
My choice is very much subjective I am afraid. I have been hesitating between the strumming mastery of thejumpingflea and the creativity of berylbite.
Hats off to both performances.
As I have to choose, I will go for originality .
berylbite you are the winner.
Contact me at mehdi.khoury@gmail.com and I shall arrange for the uke to be sent at your address.
Thanks to you all for participating. That was most interesting, and in the future, I shall try to pick some strumming ideas from your entries...
Cheers!

RyRod
07-23-2009, 03:35 AM
congrats berylbite, you had an awesome entry. Also, thanks Gentr1 for hosting a fun contest.

thejumpingflea
07-23-2009, 10:39 AM
Congrats dude! Thanks for running a fun contest Gentr1!

UkuCouS
07-23-2009, 11:33 AM
Congrats berylbite, and congrats to everyone who participated this contest !

Dominator
07-23-2009, 11:47 AM
Congrats berylbite. That was some awesome strumming.

berylbite
07-23-2009, 06:18 PM
thanks guys! took alot of practice.

Bratset
07-23-2009, 08:26 PM
<Congrats to the winner!
It was cool to see all the videos in this contest!
Cool contest! ;)