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Ukulele Jim
02-12-2010, 11:17 AM
What I’m trying to do is formulate my “perfect pitch”, a phrase or slogan that describes my music in an appealing way. I'm having a contest to invite others to help me come up with it. The winner gets $50 and a copy of my first album.

Full details are here: http://www.jamesclark.com/blog/2010/02/12/quest-for-my-perfect-pitch-win-a-cd-and-50/

Thanks for looking!

Papa Dave
02-12-2010, 01:13 PM
Did you forget to mention. How you wan people to respond... in a post, e-mail, PMs???

lancemanion
02-12-2010, 08:05 PM
Jim, I love your songs, is there anywhere I can find the chords and tabs to your original songs? (I'll work on the slogan) Thanks Lance

Ukulele Jim
02-13-2010, 05:59 AM
Did you forget to mention. How you wan people to respond... in a post, e-mail, PMs???

I mentioned it in the link above -- ideally, I'd like responses in the comments section of the blog post at http://www.jamesclark.com/blog/2010/02/12/quest-for-my-perfect-pitch-win-a-cd-and-50/

Ukulele Jim
02-13-2010, 06:00 AM
Jim, I love your songs, is there anywhere I can find the chords and tabs to your original songs? (I'll work on the slogan) Thanks Lance

I'm putting together a little songbook of my stuff, actually. I'll release it along with my second album later this summer. In the meantime, if there's a particular song you'd like to learn how to play, just ask!

lancemanion
02-13-2010, 08:51 PM
I would love to learn how to play, "Hold on to me". I really like the live version you do of it on youtube. Thanks, Lance

lancemanion
02-14-2010, 06:12 AM
Oh, and also the Valentines Day song, that way I'll have a whole year to practice. Thanks

Ukulele Jim
02-14-2010, 06:31 AM
I would love to learn how to play, "Hold on to me". I really like the live version you do of it on youtube. Thanks, Lance

The complete lyrics are in the album's liner notes (http://ukulelejim.bandcamp.com). It's strummed as a standard waltz. As for chords, I assume you'll be playing standard ukulele tuning of GCEA. On the album, I play a baritone which is tuned differently, so I use different chords in a different key. But when I play it live in standard uke tuning (like in the video), I play in the key of F and the chords in the verses go like this:

I [F]know life ain't easy and I [Bb]know love is [F]hard
There's always somebody tryin' to [C]tear us apart
But [F]if you are steadfast and [Bb]patient and true
I [F]probably [C]might stay with [F]you [C7]

The chords in the chorus are exactly the same [F Bb C C7] played in
the same order as the verses.

The bridge goes:

[Bb]I know I'm not a [F]good man [A7]but I'm doin' the [Dm]best that I can
[Bb]I know that I [F]don't treat you right, but if you [A7]want me to change
Maybe [C]someday I might [C7]

Watching the video should give you an idea of how the chord changes go in this key. (It's not the best performance, but I'd only written it the day before and was trying not to forget how it went!)

Someday I'll write the tabs properly, but hopefully this is good enough for you to start with. If you record it, please send me a link! :)

lancemanion
02-14-2010, 08:50 AM
Wow, thanks Jim, I thought the performance was great, I will have to take my son (he plays too) and come watch you live sometime. Thanks for the chords, I will have fun this week trying to learn it. thanks again, lance

lancemanion
02-26-2010, 08:22 PM
O.K. Jim, I have listened to everything i could find of yours online and finally came up with an original pitch that captures your essence, and here it is:

A pinch of Rock, a smidgen of Blues, a drop of Country and a whole bucket of Folk.

lancemanion
04-15-2010, 09:17 PM
Thought I would give it another try, want to win that CD, here it goes:

Ukulele Jim,
Like A Vacation from the Hum Drum,
A Break from the Ordinary,
A Holiday from Reality

hope you like it, if not, after playing some of your music for my wife she came up with:

Ukulele Jim,
Band Camp all Grown Up