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johnnyfoodstamp
12-19-2011, 07:00 PM
OK, so I have been obsessed with the Formby for a while now. I have added split strokes and fan strokes and triplets galore to all my songs in the past 3 months. Now to attempt 2 of Formby's awesome solos.

Two of Everything
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyPdOAnevP8

Snapshot Album
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ3D_hLrLa0

For some originals, including my new Christmas song, go here----> http://www.reverbnation.com/johnnyfoodstamp

Yours,
Johnny Foodstamp

Chris Tarman
12-19-2011, 07:19 PM
Very nicely played, sir! You have a new subscriber.

Camsuke
12-19-2011, 07:41 PM
Nice playing Johnny, love the strumming technique, sounds so sweet, very impressive, thanks for sharing.

23skidoo
12-20-2011, 01:52 AM
Enjoyed that Mr. Foodstamp, nicely done..... gonna have to keep an eye on your schedule - I've got fambly up in McMinnville, might have to coordinate a visit with one of your shows, see some of those crazy a$$ original tunes up close and personal......

johnnyfoodstamp
12-20-2011, 03:26 AM
Thank you guys so much for your very nice comments!!! I just did a recording a Little Snapshot Album with my roommate on the cello. Not sure where to host it since it's a cover but I'll try to get it on here. Once again, thanks a lot!

http://www.facebook.com/johnnyfoodstampshow

johnnyfoodstamp
12-20-2011, 03:32 AM
I'm in Cookeville this Thursday!!! @ 23skidoo

23skidoo
12-20-2011, 04:07 AM
I'm in Cookeville this Thursday!!! @ 23skidoo

.... the day the TN folks are headed south to visit us for Christmas..... I'll keep my eyes on your schedule....

Ambient Doughnut
12-20-2011, 04:09 AM
Cookieville minimum security orphanareum?

Real nice playing. Like that you keep it smooth and melodic rather than treating it like a speed challenge. I'm also obsessed with this stuff right now but you're a few pages ahead of me!
:)

johnnyfoodstamp
12-20-2011, 04:18 AM
@ Ambient Doughnut - What I'm starting to learn is that the more excited I get the faster the tempo gets and so I have to calm down and concentrate on playing steady. Also, too much split stroke is a bad thing. I used to try to spilt stroke the entire time and that over-does it a little. Throwing it in sparingly actually adds a lot. Wait till right at the end of the solo and then play full blown like you want to the whole time. Oh, and fan stroke in front of the mirror... :)

Ambient Doughnut
12-20-2011, 04:22 AM
Sound advice! I can do all the strokes to some degree or other but I've yet to really get the hang of incorporating the fan stroke. I can pretty much get through the window cleaner solo (there's a clip in my youtubes if you can be bothered) but I got that from intensive study of the Peter Nixon video.

johnnyfoodstamp
12-20-2011, 04:25 AM
So I just noticed I can post the video right here in this window so I am going to copy and paste the videos here so people can just click on them. I know hyperlinks scare people off sometimes.... ;)

Two of Everything

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyPdOAnevP8

Little Snapshot Album

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ3D_hLrLa0

Oh, and a special treat!!!! This is an mp3 of Little Snapshot Album (sans preamble...) with cello!!!! Did a little live recording last night. I think its the bee's knees.

http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/song_details/11444483

johnnyfoodstamp
12-20-2011, 04:33 AM
@ Ambient Doughnut - I watched your video. Very nice with the chord hand. Something that helped me was holding my hand like I'm holding a pick and strumming in a down-motion with the nail of my pointer finger. So when I want to quiet up for the verse, I just use the fleshy part of my thumb in the same downward strokes. The dynamic between thumb and nail is tremendous. Also when you have your fingers in "guitar pick mode" You can just separate them for a nice triplet. I am going to make a video explaining this someday. I have seen the Peter Nixon videos. He's really awesome. Check out ukulelezaza's channel on youtube. I found watching him to be pretty helpful.

Ambient Doughnut
12-20-2011, 04:39 AM
Sounds good - I'll have another try of that later and take a proper look at your clips for tips. I'm just beginning to get into using the thumb for the quiet passages - it feels odd at first but you're right, when you switch to the fingernail for the solo the the change is dramatic!

arpie
12-20-2011, 10:14 AM
Very Nice, Johnny!! I love the way you play that! It sounds terrific - can't wait to see your 'explanation' video! Ukulelezaza is terrific, isn't he - as well as Peter Nixon & the other 'regulars' that help with the Formby Style on Youtube. WHat a terrific database there is on there! I am still a long way from doing anything like that, but just love watching & listening!

Love the Snapshot Album with cello! It really compliments the uke!
Merry Xmas
Roberta

ukuleletim
12-20-2011, 10:34 AM
That's some DARN good playing there, Johnny.

OldePhart
12-20-2011, 11:31 AM
Well...I suppose those are all right if you like that sort of thing... ;)

Seriously, though, great strumming!

John

Hippie Dribble
12-20-2011, 08:57 PM
Whoa!!!! Go the Foodstamp!!! Man, my eyes and ears feel dizzy, that was AWESOME mate

johnnyfoodstamp
12-21-2011, 10:12 AM
Very Nice, Johnny!! I love the way you play that! It sounds terrific - can't wait to see your 'explanation' video! Ukulelezaza is terrific, isn't he - as well as Peter Nixon & the other 'regulars' that help with the Formby Style on Youtube. WHat a terrific database there is on there! I am still a long way from doing anything like that, but just love watching & listening!

Love the Snapshot Album with cello! It really compliments the uke!
Merry Xmas
Roberta

Thank you very much. I plan on doing my whole songbook (12 or so songs) with my roommate on the cello and maybe a clarinet or 2 thrown in. We did Why Don't Women Like Me last night and it was a blast. I'll post it soon enough. I agree. The cello sounds great with the uke. Well, Merry End of the Year!

johnnyfoodstamp
12-21-2011, 10:14 AM
That's some DARN good playing there, Johnny.

In my best Elvis voice, "Well, a thank ya, thank ya very much.."