View Full Version : King's Rain, a harp ukulele tribute to John King

01-08-2012, 05:25 PM
As I continue to explore the harp ukulele more ideas are emerging. Here is my latest effort on my new aNueNue harp ukulele.

The instrument is in a class by itself, I think. At least it is in the way I am approaching it. I really try to make it sound like the harp that it is. It’s about the same size as what I picture an ancient Greek harp to be so I feel like Pythagorus, many hundreds of years ago breaking new ground and making sounds never heard before.

Taking inspiration from John King, Asian sounds, this instrument itself, and the beyond.. I offer King’s Rain. I dedicate this to John as I thought of him continuously while writing it.

In my mind I picture a king in his chamber as it begins to rain outside. I will let your mind picture what it wants. Of course there is also a little play on words with the title.

And you know.. if there is a Heaven and there are angels playing harps.. John King is playing a harp ukulele.

Rest John, but keep playing.


01-08-2012, 06:12 PM
That was beautiful, Tim. John King would be proud. :)

01-08-2012, 07:55 PM
Bravo Tim, it's so magic

01-10-2012, 06:31 AM
Beautiful imagery to go with beautiful music.

01-10-2012, 01:21 PM
Thanks a bunch, you guys.. Campbell I'm looking forward to seeing how you grow with the harp.

01-10-2012, 01:42 PM
I am at a loss for words.
WOW !!!!!

01-10-2012, 01:45 PM
Great work, Tim. I know you are using high G, but what bass tuning on this song?


01-10-2012, 01:47 PM
Great work, Tim. I know you are using high G, but what bass tuning on this song?


Bill, the bass strings are tuned, from the top down, C E A G. And yes, high G for the uke.

01-10-2012, 07:20 PM
wow, great composition Tim. I think that's about the best I've seen the harp part of the uke utilized by anyone so far. I was amazed by the beginning harp-like run. Really beautiful.

Pete Howlett
01-11-2012, 10:42 PM
Although I have commented on my facebook page about this wonderful piece I need to add my praise here Tim - truly transporting. Something I just do not have the compositional skills for... interesting tuning od the sub-bass too :)

01-11-2012, 11:34 PM
Harp ukulele continues to amaze me. This piece really does bring out the characteristics of the instrument. Wow is right.

Ambient Doughnut
01-11-2012, 11:40 PM
The instrument is in a class by itself
As is your playing, really wonderful. A couple of phrases were redolent of Steve Hackett's 'Horizons' I thought. That would probably work really well on the intrument.

01-12-2012, 03:15 AM
Aye, very nice. I still think the instrument loves like it's off a sci-fi set, not saying that's a bad thing, but to me I get images of some Zignol playing it to captain Kirk whilst he seduces a Yapnick women over harve wine whilst green water trickles from a brook on the planet Banoch 2.

Tranquil, that's the word I'm looking for and tranquillity is always beautiful, so well done sir.