View Full Version : New Beatles ukulele recording

01-09-2012, 10:32 AM
I just finished recording an unlikely cover arrangement of The Beatles song "Help!" - centered around my Moore Bettah tenor ukulele. It's a 3/4 ballad with just bass, drums, ukuleles and vocals - all performed by me, recorded in my home studio and mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London - via their online mastering service.

Let me know what you all think. It's here:

Stream the CD quality version of the song here: http://soundcloud.com/keithmetzger/help
And/Or, download the MP3 version for free here: http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_11658508#

This is the first ukulele centric recording I've made where in addition to some clean ukulele tracks, I also ran some ukulele tracks through effects (such as a leslie speaker plugin, for the bell-like descending ukulele that comes in on the second chorus.) No guitars were harmed (or even used) in the making of this song ;-)

My Moore Bettah - which I've had for almost two years now - can be seen here: http://www.moorebettahukuleles.com/humuhumu_uke.JPG

01-09-2012, 11:06 AM
That was very cool. Based on what John Lennon has said about writing "Help!", I think he would have really appreciated this version of it.

01-09-2012, 11:11 AM
That was awesome! It's already on my iPod:) great work.

01-09-2012, 01:20 PM
Great job on the song. And a beauty of a double puka to boot.

01-09-2012, 06:17 PM
I've started easing into the recording thing with my measly little "studio" - and uh yeah.. not feeling so clever right now with my tricks.

Awesome, and you really dug into the meaning of the song there.

01-10-2012, 06:04 AM
Impressive. At first the 3/4 time really through me, making the song almost unrecognizeable, but I guess that's what's called "making it your own". Nicely done. Very creative.

01-10-2012, 10:05 AM
really liked that one, fair play!

01-16-2012, 08:36 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments! And with regards to mds725's comment above...wasn't sure what you meant about what Lennon said about writing Help. Then I recently found this interview (http://imaginepeace.com/archives/4385) with John from 1970 which explains what I think mds725 is referring to. (Once the page loads, do a search on the page for Why “Help”? - which provides the explanation.)