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OldePhart
04-20-2012, 03:29 PM
"Twelve-bar Blues for a Blue Ukulele and Twelve Strings"

The RULES:

1) One take. Doesn't have to be the first take but does have to be a single take with no dubs or cuts, etc. Must be a new video recorded for this contest - no recycling earlier videos. Don't forget the magic words spoken in the intro!
2) Uke must be primary featured instrument though you can include other instruments. Vocals optional.
3) Keep it family friendly! And I don't mean the Manson family! I don't want to hear my four year old grandson singing something questionable that he's seen on my channel!
3) Enter by posting your video on youtube and putting a post here in this thread with a link to the video.
4) Entry must be posted on youtube and entered here by midnight, Hawaiian time, Sunday night (i.e. when Sunday May 6th ends in Hawaii).
5) Must speak the magic words at the beginning of the video. The magic words are "eleventh season of the ukulele" or "twelve-bar blues for a blue ukulele and twelve strings" or some readily recognizable form of those.
6) Must be a blues song. What makes a song "blues" - adversity, pain, hardship, etc. That doesn't mean it has to be sad. Many blues songs are about persevering through adversity, pain, hardship, etc. Some would argue those are the best blues songs. But, if you're singing about how often your Porshe is in the shop - it probably ain't blues. If you're singing about your Porshe being in the shop because your woman's other man totaled it with a sledgehammer - that might be blues.
7) Must fit the "12 bar blues format." A bridge outside the format is permitted, but most of the song should fit the 12-bar blues format. What is 12-bar blues? Twelve bar blues refers to a specific "formula" where each verse or chorus of a song is 12 bars long and follows the formula I I I I IV IV I I V IV I V. That alone doesn't make a song blues, nor do all blues songs follow that formula, but it's a very common forumula in blues and rock. Allowed (for this contest) variations include the fourth in the second measure (i.e. I IV I I IV IV I I V IV I V) and omission of the V turnaround (i.e. the last two measures being I I instead of I V).
8) Any "style" is appropriate within that format. Slow, fast, straight timing, swing or shuffle rhythms, strumming, picking, clawhammer, any variation or combination of the above.
9) One entry per person - you can enter more times, but your last entry will be the one scored.
10) Five percent bonus on your score for singing either an original or something so ancient I haven't heard it.

Scoring

Scoring will be a little different. First, I'm going to have a handful of parameters like vocal quality (if present), instrumental quality, etc. Everybody will start with five points in each category, and I'll subtract if you do not so well a that particular thing or add if you do really well at that particular thing. Your total score will then be the AVERAGE of the PARAMETERS THAT APPLY TO YOU. I.e. if you don't sing it won't count for or against you. If you do a super fancy riff but mess it up - it may actually cause your instrumental score to be lower than that of somebody who plays a more simple arrangement but nails it flawlessly.

What all this boils down to is I want to score based on how well you carry off what you chose to do, rather than how "amazing" one video is when compared to others. Why? Well, for one thing I think it will open the winning possibilities up to a wider field. Secondly, real blues has never been about flash - it's about feeling.

Finally, after scoring, the top 10 percenters are going into a pool, from which I'll draw the winner randomly. The pool will be comprised of the top ten percent of the entries plus one (see the table below). Why? We've seen a lot of people entering these contests and getting really good. Scoring is tough - I learned that last year when I ran the hymn contest. Typically, the top several entries are separated by less than a point. This makes it easier on me to feel like I'm giving everybody that is near the top of the heap a fair shake at winning. BTW, if the last person who would be included in the pool is in a tie both people will go in and we'll have one more than planned.

ENTRIES # IN POOL
<11 2 (1 for the 10 percent, plus 1)
11-20 3 (2 for the 10 percent, plus 1)
21-30 4 (you better get it by now...)

The Prize

A blue Dolphin bridge ukulele, set up by yours truly so it is at least playable, plus two extra packages of Aquila strings (i.e. 4 strings on uke plus 8 in packages gives you the "12 strings for 12 bars" component of the contest theme). If someone across one of the ponds should happen to win I'll pay standard shipping but if you want it shipped express you'll have to cough up the shipping fee. Also, I'll mark it as a gift since it is free - I think that is legal for most country's import rules. If it's not for yours let me know and I'll declare the value.

The Video Playlist

Here's a link to the playlist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=109N0uPMrjk&list=PL725036DDEB3CB4C9&feature=view_all if you submit a video and it doesn't show up in there after a couple of days I may have somehow missed it so send me a PM (work is kind of crazy right now).

John

chrimess
04-20-2012, 03:43 PM
With as much time there is until the awards, could it be a Mya-Moe?

OldePhart
04-20-2012, 03:48 PM
With as much time there is until the awards, could it be a Mya-Moe?

I promise that if a Mya-Moe comes in the package I just ordered I will give it as the prize... LOL

John

OldePhart
04-25-2012, 09:26 AM
A box arrived today...darn...not a Mya Moe :)

chrimess
04-25-2012, 01:03 PM
there might be time to exchange it, then, if they accidentally shipped the Collings...


A box arrived today...darn...not a Mya Moe :)

OldePhart
04-28-2012, 04:46 PM
Okay, rules are up! (See original post.)

I'd planned to add a video showing the prize but I've been working all stinking day so I've had no time. Maybe I'll get one up later.

Let's all have fun and be safe out there... :)

John

austin1
04-28-2012, 05:04 PM
I don't understand 12 bar blues. Can I send you the song I'm thinking about, and you tell me if it counts?

Hippie Dribble
04-28-2012, 05:11 PM
awesome idea John and beautifully thought out. This will be interesting and difficult trying to choose a song...some fast blues 101 learning will be required to do this well methinks....aaaaarrrgghhh!! Exciting, thanks for the super contest brother. Looking forward to everyone's entries :)

mattydee
04-28-2012, 06:13 PM
I. Love. This.

uke4ia
04-28-2012, 06:40 PM
If I understand this correctly, the cover of Steve Martin's "King Tut" that I did for the 1st Season of the Ukulele would count as a 12-bar blues. Hmm. It's not exactly Robert Johnson.

thesillydave
04-28-2012, 07:12 PM
a great challenge....now...to find a song!

OldePhart
04-28-2012, 07:27 PM
I don't understand 12 bar blues. Can I send you the song I'm thinking about, and you tell me if it counts?

Basically, it it's a bluesy theme and the song repeats the pattern of four bars of the I chord, two of the IV chord, two of the I chord, one of the V one of the IV one of the I and one of the V it counts. The song I wrote for the ninth season is one example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wElylfvtM40 it's in C and after the intro the bars go C, C, C, C, F, F, C, C, G, F, C, G through each verse. I use a kind of bouncy shuffle with the sixth and dominant seventh chords but that's not what makes it 12 bar blues - it's those underlying chord degrees. You could play that chord pattern with a slow picking pattern and it would still be "12 bar blues."

There are thousands of blues and rock songs that use this pattern and I'm not going to quibble over the difference between blues and rock or pop too awfully much unless a song is just so "bubbly happy" that it would have blues men rolling over in their graves. :)

JOhn

wee_ginga_yin
04-29-2012, 01:58 AM
This song is one of the most popular or Rev Gary Davis' Holy Blues.
The term "Holy Blues" was created to describe the style of Rev Gary Davis.
The style of the song is blues orientated yet the message is religious.

A great live version of the song by Rev Gary Davis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsviSNB0DRk) on a 12 string guitar and
of course anything the Rev. does then the Grateful Dead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH1_AS9ucRo) have to do as well.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5UHLEpgaPE

J-Peg
04-29-2012, 05:58 AM
Thanks for throwing down this week's gauntlet, John!

Question: A lot of songwriters have adapted the 12 bar blues slightly, so there are some great songs out there that almost, but don't quite, fit the format you laid out. Is it okay if we re-adapt one of those back into the standard 12 bar format you laid out?



3) Keep it family friendly! And I don't mean the Manson family! I don't want to hear my four year old grandson singing something questionable that he's seen on my channel!

So I guess Afroman's "Because I Got High" is out of the question.:cool:

nscafe
04-29-2012, 06:53 AM
This some is one of the most popular or Rev Gary Davis' Holy Blues.
The term "Holy Blues" was created to describe the style of Rev Gary Davis.
The style of the song is blues orientated yet the message is religious.

A great live version of the song by Rev Gary Davis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsviSNB0DRk) on a 12 string guitar and
of course anything the Rev. does then the Grateful Dead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH1_AS9ucRo) have to do as well.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5UHLEpgaPE

I really enjoyed that. Nice and slow, mournful singing, just the right amount of reverb. Very nice!

OldePhart
04-29-2012, 09:12 AM
Thanks for throwing down this week's gauntlet, John!

Question: A lot of songwriters have adapted the 12 bar blues slightly, so there are some great songs out there that almost, but don't quite, fit the format you laid out. Is it okay if we re-adapt one of those back into the standard 12 bar format you laid out?


I think that would be great. Kind of take the blues back to its roots. I'm not going to be super-critical about fitting the pattern because I know there are some other popular deviations - if it's syncopated or they toss in an extra chord for flavor that's cool as long as it adheres pretty close to the 12-bar format.



So I guess Afroman's "Because I Got High" is out of the question.:cool:

Yeah...along with Dr. Hook's "I Got High and I Missed It" and about a billion others. References to alcohol, even obscure references to drugs, are okay - this is the blues after all. Just trying to keep out the obviously foul language and sexual inuendo, if present (as it often is in the blues), should be subtle.

OldePhart
04-29-2012, 09:19 AM
This song is one of the most popular or Rev Gary Davis' Holy Blues.
The term "Holy Blues" was created to describe the style of Rev Gary Davis.
The style of the song is blues orientated yet the message is religious.

A great live version of the song by Rev Gary Davis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsviSNB0DRk) on a 12 string guitar and
of course anything the Rev. does then the Grateful Dead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH1_AS9ucRo) have to do as well.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5UHLEpgaPE

Loved it Rob - a great start out of the gate. Great job with a great song - very soulful. Rev. Gary Davis is one of my favorite trad blues men. The "Saints and Sinners" compilation of his stuff is amazingly good listening in spite of the sometimes poor audio quality of the recordings, in fact, I think I may just go have a listen!

John

ReaderMo
04-29-2012, 09:47 AM
http://youtu.be/pznDP4eQG-w

ukuloonie
04-29-2012, 09:54 AM
This song is one of the most popular or Rev Gary Davis' Holy Blues.
The term "Holy Blues" was created to describe the style of Rev Gary Davis.
The style of the song is blues orientated yet the message is religious.

A great live version of the song by Rev Gary Davis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsviSNB0DRk) on a 12 string guitar and
of course anything the Rev. does then the Grateful Dead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH1_AS9ucRo) have to do as well.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5UHLEpgaPE
That was some pretty cool singing I listened to it a few times

wee_ginga_yin
04-29-2012, 09:56 AM
Loved it Rob - a great start out of the gate. Great job with a great song - very soulful. Rev. Gary Davis is one of my favorite trad blues men. The "Saints and Sinners" compilation of his stuff is amazingly good listening in spite of the sometimes poor audio quality of the recordings, in fact, I think I may just go have a listen!

John

He is one of my favourite blues singers. There is a session of him singing
on the Pete Seeger show and a young Donovan is there sort of gob-smacked
as the Rev plays a song that he says "come to me by the Holy Spirit".
He then roars through a rendition of "oh glory how happy I am" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl_O519e25M)

That voice is so powerful, in the chorus it is like a circular saw cutting through
a 2x4. He sings it with such conviction, and his theology is spot on.

chrimess
04-29-2012, 01:23 PM
Ragged and Dirty by Willie Brown:

http://youtu.be/qq0rLLRV9os

ukuloonie
04-29-2012, 03:12 PM
I will repent and not Play Disney after next week, after playing the blues there is no turning back.:D

chrimess
04-29-2012, 03:23 PM
I would be honored to welcome you into my ABCD society.

I will repent and not Play Disney after next week, after playing the blues there is no turning back.:D

OldePhart
04-29-2012, 03:35 PM
That was some pretty cool singing I listened to it a few times

Great job Mo! YOu get the 5% bonus for an original and some good vibes for making me chuckle. I tell you folks, right out of the gate the first two songs in the contest illustrate just how much variation there can be within the 12-bar blues format!

Ooops - replied to the wrong post 'cause it quoted Mo's vid. LOL Long week and it's only Sunday!

John

OldePhart
04-29-2012, 03:43 PM
Ragged and Dirty by Willie Brown:

http://youtu.be/qq0rLLRV9os

Great job on an old standard. Ragged and Dirty is one of those blues songs every good blues man should have in his back pocket!

Just FYI for all concerned...this one skates kind of along the edge of family-friendly. I'll allow it but if my grandson starts singing "what in the h311 do I want with you" I'm going to leave him on your doorstep... LOL

John

OldePhart
04-29-2012, 03:50 PM
Hey folks - we have some good examples of a variety of 12-bar stuff now. Here's an original that I wrote a year or so ago - 12-bar blues and played on the prize uke! Obviously, I can't win, but this is an example of 12-bar blues.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=109N0uPMrjk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=109N0uPMrjk

(Edit to add - Wow-no pressure or anything - nothing like having John Mayer playing an acoustic number come up in the "related videos"... LOL)

Also, I've created a playlist for the contest. If you submit an entry and don't see it in here after a day or two send me a PM - work is kind of crazy right now. You want to make sure your video gets in the playlist because that's what I'll be judging!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=109N0uPMrjk&list=PL725036DDEB3CB4C9&feature=view_all

John

chrimess
04-29-2012, 03:58 PM
Hi John.
Thx for the kudos. Your little guy is most welcome. Be warned, though: when our boy was two, he could have passed for an Irish sailor without prob$ems by language.

Great job on an old standard. Ragged and Dirty is one of those blues songs every good blues man should have in his back pocket!

Just FYI for all concerned...this one skates kind of along the edge of family-friendly. I'll allow it but if my grandson starts singing "what in the h311 do I want with you" I'm going to leave him on your doorstep... LOL

John

OldePhart
04-29-2012, 04:46 PM
Hi John.
Thx for the kudos. Your little guy is most welcome. Be warned, though: when our boy was two, he could have passed for an Irish sailor without prob$ems by language.

Heh, heh. So, should I see him if I need a bottle of whiskey?... LOL

Hippie Dribble
04-29-2012, 08:02 PM
with apologies to all the lumberjacks...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcvqGBd2QLI

ukuloonie
04-29-2012, 08:12 PM
with apologies to all the lumberjacks...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcvqGBd2QLI
The Kazoo makes the song, oh yeah.
Thanks Jon.
I still thinkin' what I'm gonna play.

Hippie Dribble
04-29-2012, 08:46 PM
The Kazoo makes the song, oh yeah.
Thanks Jon.
I still thinkin' what I'm gonna play.

he he...can't beat the ol kazoo for novelty fun, eh mate. Thanks Drew. :)

thesillydave
04-29-2012, 09:19 PM
with apologies to all the lumberjacks...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcvqGBd2QLI


sooo nice! knocked that one right out of the ballpark! loved the ending! cheers!

ukuleledaveey
04-30-2012, 12:29 AM
with apologies to all the lumberjacks...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcvqGBd2QLI
Wow that was absolutely fantastic and im a big lover of the kazoo to :), that was might mighty fine and i loved the ending to, im finding this challenge real hard, but determind not to give in lol hopefully ican find a song anyway jon top notch as ever :worship:

OldePhart
04-30-2012, 08:13 AM
with apologies to all the lumberjacks...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcvqGBd2QLI

Great job as always...love the escape at the end...

ukuleledaddy
04-30-2012, 06:01 PM
John,

Great challenge this week! I have been itching to play the blues on ukulele. Scratch that, I've been itching to learn to play blues on ukulele. I've had the "How To Play Blues Ukulele" ebook from UkuleleHunt on my bed stand for months. I was planning to dive into it NEXT WEEK. I have a big show this Saturday I need to prepare for, along with dealing with life itself which selfishly steals the time I set aside for music.

The few entries I've seen so far this week have been amazing and will serve as inspiration as I learn the blues. I have a song in mind and perhaps I'll embarrass myself and enter as a "work in progress".

Cheers,

Sean

OldePhart
05-01-2012, 07:49 AM
Hi Sean,

I think I've spotted your problem. In my experience I find that I don't learn much from books left on the bed stand. I find that I have to slip them under my pillow and sleep on them... LOL

Looking forward to your entry if you get one in. (BTW, in case you haven't noticed, pretty much all of my vids are "works in progress." )


John,

Great challenge this week! I have been itching to play the blues on ukulele. Scratch that, I've been itching to learn to play blues on ukulele. I've had the "How To Play Blues Ukulele" ebook from UkuleleHunt on my bed stand for months. I was planning to dive into it NEXT WEEK. I have a big show this Saturday I need to prepare for, along with dealing with life itself which selfishly steals the time I set aside for music.

The few entries I've seen so far this week have been amazing and will serve as inspiration as I learn the blues. I have a song in mind and perhaps I'll embarrass myself and enter as a "work in progress".

Cheers,

Sean

ukuleledaveey
05-01-2012, 11:14 AM
Hi everyone, phewie what a challenge this weeks task has been to me, what with having to stick to the 12 bar blues formula, really made my noggin hurt, as i just couldnt grasp the idea, what with no musical mind in my head lol. Anyway i have tried to write my own blues song and i really hope it is in the 12 bar format, god i feel like i have been doing algebra back at school, hopefully though i have learned something through this process,if not the ukes are going on the fire :).
So here is my entry and i have written straight from the heart and i hope i am not leaving myself exposed ( in a emotional context)

http://youtu.be/8jNeDa0D5eE

ReaderMo
05-01-2012, 01:42 PM
Hi everyone, phewie what a challenge this weeks task has been to me, what with having to stick to the 12 bar blues formula, really made my noggin hurt, as i just couldnt grasp the idea, what with no musical mind in my head lol. Anyway i have tried to write my own blues song and i really hope it is in the 12 bar format, god i feel like i have been doing algebra back at school, hopefully though i have learned something through this process,if not the ukes are going on the fire :).
So here is my entry and i have written straight from the heart and i hope i am not leaving myself exposed ( in a emotional context)

Dude. Brilliant. Excellent job. I feel like you need a hug. Go get one and be proud of your work!

OldePhart
05-01-2012, 02:12 PM
Hi everyone, phewie what a challenge this weeks task has been to me, what with having to stick to the 12 bar blues formula, really made my noggin hurt, as i just couldnt grasp the idea, what with no musical mind in my head lol. Anyway i have tried to write my own blues song and i really hope it is in the 12 bar format, god i feel like i have been doing algebra back at school, hopefully though i have learned something through this process,if not the ukes are going on the fire :).
So here is my entry and i have written straight from the heart and i hope i am not leaving myself exposed ( in a emotional context)

http://youtu.be/8jNeDa0D5eE

Brilliant Daveey - great song and good job! You get the 5% bonus for an original song, too.

ukuleledaveey
05-01-2012, 03:06 PM
Many,many thanks reader mo for your wonderful words im no way near your standard yet, hopefully one day :)
John thanks my man :) i was worried i wasnt going to get it right, but i can sigh with relief now lol, thanks for your kind words and support means a lot, it seemed very daunting to me at the start i thought i wasnt going to be able to participate, but i just went up to the loft i had the words written on sunday, and printed off loads of old blues tunes and just studied them and just strummed a while and it sort of fell into place and then i played it back and counted the bars and seemed roughly right although after one verse i have missed the turn around E but that was the only mistake i hopefully made in that take lol. i did record it on my soprano as well, which was tough as the E chord is my dreaded chord but it came out alright(ish) anyway thanks for this weeks challenge it has hopefully opened my eyes and ears and get the old grey matter going, cheers and hope you submit one as well :)

p.s. sorry for getting the week wrong in my introduction all the numbers confused me, 12 bar blues, week 11 lol i got it wrong :)

peewee
05-01-2012, 05:17 PM
Many,many thanks reader mo for your wonderful words im no way near your standard yet, hopefully one day :)
John thanks my man :) i was worried i wasnt going to get it right, but i can sigh with relief now lol, thanks for your kind words and support means a lot, it seemed very daunting to me at the start i thought i wasnt going to be able to participate, but i just went up to the loft i had the words written on sunday, and printed off loads of old blues tunes and just studied them and just strummed a while and it sort of fell into place and then i played it back and counted the bars and seemed roughly right although after one verse i have missed the turn around E but that was the only mistake i hopefully made in that take lol. i did record it on my soprano as well, which was tough as the E chord is my dreaded chord but it came out alright(ish) anyway thanks for this weeks challenge it has hopefully opened my eyes and ears and get the old grey matter going, cheers and hope you submit one as well :)

p.s. sorry for getting the week wrong in my introduction all the numbers confused me, 12 bar blues, week 11 lol i got it wrong :)

Davey, that was fantastic!
I think the whole "from the heart" thing is the best thing you can do. Ain't nobody can argue with them ukulele blues!
Better make some space for a blue dolphin in that flat...

Hippie Dribble
05-01-2012, 05:35 PM
hey Dave, that was really good mate. Sheez, you're turning into the songwriting machine...I haven't written one for near on 18months, let alone 3 of high standard in three weeks brother. And lyrically you're just blowing us away. Talk about hard-hitting and confronting... well done my friend, that blues worked a treat and sounded great. I agree with Mo, be confident man, you're doing some work of serious quality. :)

Hippie Dribble
05-01-2012, 08:27 PM
thanks you guys for the kind words about the song I did. For what it's worth John, I'm not happy with it and so I deleted it just now. :o Instead I learnt a different tune this morning which I'd rather enter. Here it is, warts and all. It's an old tune from the jug band tradition, "Blues In The Bottle", lots of fun


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgqEG10hBBg

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-01-2012, 08:45 PM
This song is one of the most popular or Rev Gary Davis' Holy Blues.
The term "Holy Blues" was created to describe the style of Rev Gary Davis.
The style of the song is blues orientated yet the message is religious.

A great live version of the song by Rev Gary Davis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsviSNB0DRk) on a 12 string guitar and
of course anything the Rev. does then the Grateful Dead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH1_AS9ucRo) have to do as well.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5UHLEpgaPE

Heavy one. Great one. Muchas Gracias. Way to set the mood, Rob.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-01-2012, 08:49 PM
http://youtu.be/pznDP4eQG-w

Nice one! It's those crumbs-in-my-beard blues that keep me clean-shaven.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-01-2012, 08:55 PM
Ragged and Dirty by Willie Brown:

http://youtu.be/qq0rLLRV9os
Very nice playing here, Christian. Groovy. Bluesy. Cool.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-01-2012, 08:56 PM
with apologies to all the lumberjacks...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcvqGBd2QLI

Argh. I missed this one. D'oh.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-01-2012, 09:19 PM
Hi everyone, phewie what a challenge this weeks task has been to me, what with having to stick to the 12 bar blues formula, really made my noggin hurt, as i just couldnt grasp the idea, what with no musical mind in my head lol. Anyway i have tried to write my own blues song and i really hope it is in the 12 bar format, god i feel like i have been doing algebra back at school, hopefully though i have learned something through this process,if not the ukes are going on the fire :).
So here is my entry and i have written straight from the heart and i hope i am not leaving myself exposed ( in a emotional context)

http://youtu.be/8jNeDa0D5eE

Wow, Davey. Really good. A heartfelt, sad blues song, and no, I didn't bother counting the bars. Great one.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-01-2012, 09:39 PM
thanks you guys for the kind words about the song I did. For what it's worth John, I'm not happy with it and so I deleted it just now. :o Instead I learnt a different tune this morning which I'd rather enter. Here it is, warts and all. It's an old tune from the jug band tradition, "Blues In The Bottle", lots of fun


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgqEG10hBBg

Hee hee. Fun. Great foot tapping, tambourine, and rattle ring percussion! You bottled up them blues, Jon! Gracias.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-01-2012, 09:41 PM
I put up my response video over on the 9th season thread.

Now back to work learning how to get these blues out of my heart and into my fingers...

ukuleledaveey
05-02-2012, 01:12 AM
thanks you guys for the kind words about the song I did. For what it's worth John, I'm not happy with it and so I deleted it just now. :o Instead I learnt a different tune this morning which I'd rather enter. Here it is, warts and all. It's an old tune from the jug band tradition, "Blues In The Bottle", lots of fun


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgqEG10hBBg

Wow wow wow :worship: Jon that was fantastic, i loved your woodcutter blues, but this is awesome, you certainly are a fantastic uke man, such talent and you give us all inspiration and although your a uke god your still humble to mingle with us mear mortals and give us encouragement and spread positivity. thanks for all your support mate really really appreciate it .

@Peewee - Thanks so much Peewee,really appreciate your constant support and encouragement and congrats on getting a placing last week, i feel blessed to hang out on line with all you top ukers.I don't think the dolphin will be coming his way my friend, there is to many superior players/singers than me, if we made a comparison using English football(soccer) I am a non league team compared to the Man Utd's and Chelsea's that are on here :) but it is great to get encouragement etc, from those that are far superior to me. But I am genuinely touched when you think my entry was that good, now I ma looking forward to seeing your song, thanks so much my man.

@Ralf - Thanks so so much Ralf like Jon and everyone else you are such a star for you encouragement and support really appreciate it, It is so nice to get feedback from those who i hope to one day be near their standard. ( I havent forgotten the capo quiz, been busy with the blues lol). thanks so much and look forward to your entry.

wee_ginga_yin
05-02-2012, 04:37 AM
Heavy one. Great one. Muchas Gracias. Way to set the mood, Rob.

Yeah but what about the double negative????
Oh well I guess grammatical considerations would be the last thing
on the mind of someone singing the blues. :old:

strumsilly
05-02-2012, 05:37 AM
here it is , the 11th week. at least I tried.
http://youtu.be/8fSEMFmJ1gE

philpot
05-02-2012, 06:56 AM
I had a dream last night that I could play the blues. Sadly, that dream does not accurately reflect reality.

peewee
05-02-2012, 06:58 AM
I had a dream last night that I could play the blues. Sadly, that dream does not accurately reflect reality.

That sounds like a good start for a blues song though

strumsilly
05-02-2012, 07:16 AM
I had a dream last night that I could play the blues. Sadly, that dream does not accurately reflect reality.
anyone can play the blues, just takes a lot more practice [ and maybe hard knocks] to play it well. if I can put it out there, anyone can. just try.

OldePhart
05-02-2012, 08:22 AM
thanks you guys for the kind words about the song I did. For what it's worth John, I'm not happy with it and so I deleted it just now. :o Instead I learnt a different tune this morning which I'd rather enter. Here it is, warts and all. It's an old tune from the jug band tradition, "Blues In The Bottle", lots of fun


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgqEG10hBBg

Great fun - and you're becoming a regular one-man band! Uke, Kazoo, ring shaker, and, unless I'm losing my mind, you stomped on a tambourine a bit, too...

OldePhart
05-02-2012, 08:27 AM
here it is , the 11th week. at least I tried.
http://youtu.be/8fSEMFmJ1gE

Good job. I've always loved that song. Of course, I've always loved most of the old blues songs, kinda the reason behind the contest!

ukuleledaveey
05-02-2012, 09:21 AM
here it is , the 11th week. at least I tried.
http://youtu.be/8fSEMFmJ1gE
well done strumsilly, loved it great sounding tune really enjoyed it , that uke looks real nice to :)

ukuleledaveey
05-02-2012, 09:24 AM
anyone can play the blues, just takes a lot more practice [ and maybe hard knocks] to play it well. if I can put it out there, anyone can. just try.

:old::agree:well said, i found it hard to do to, i just knuckled down as i so wanted to take part in this fab ongoing saga, i mean competition :)

wee_ginga_yin
05-02-2012, 11:52 AM
here it is , the 11th week. at least I tried.

That 2:19 train sure has a lot to answer for. It features in numerous songs
and one that I particularly like is 2:19 by Tom Waits (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ6ln7NhVfc)

philpot
05-02-2012, 12:40 PM
Well, I have a song in mind, but I can't promise I'll do it justice.

OldePhart
05-02-2012, 12:58 PM
I had a dream last night that I could play the blues. Sadly, that dream does not accurately reflect reality.
I had a dream last night, a wonderful dream last night
I had a dream last night, a wonderful dream last night
I could play the blues, then came the mornin' light
I'm so blue, 'cause I can't play, the blues...

There you go - you've already written a song and just didn't know it.

BTW, I have to say that the video I posted as an example of 12 bar blues is actually short a couple of bars :oops: - didn't notice until I went back and watched it. I think I muddied the waters more than cleared them. So, I'm not going to be too much of a stickler for the 12-bar format - I mostly just chose that 'cause it made a catchy theme, anyway!

Try to keep it sort of a trad blues feel, though.

John

Hippie Dribble
05-02-2012, 01:44 PM
Great fun - and you're becoming a regular one-man band! Uke, Kazoo, ring shaker, and, unless I'm losing my mind, you stomped on a tambourine a bit, too...
he he mate...I was trying to approximate the jug band sound so I brought a few toy instruments along for the ride! Thanks John :)

ukuleledaveey
05-02-2012, 02:56 PM
I had a dream last night, a wonderful dream last night
I had a dream last night, a wonderful dream last night
I could play the blues, then came the mornin' light
I'm so blue, 'cause I can't play, the blues...

There you go - you've already written a song and just didn't know it.

BTW, I have to say that the video I posted as an example of 12 bar blues is actually short a couple of bars :oops: - didn't notice until I went back and watched it. I think I muddied the waters more than cleared them. So, I'm not going to be too much of a stickler for the 12-bar format - I mostly just chose that 'cause it made a catchy theme, anyway!

Try to keep it sort of a trad blues feel, though.

John

next verse : it'sa so hard to choose, yes lord so hard to choose,
it'sa so hard to choose, yes lord so hard to choose,
do i play justine beiber lord,or learn them blues,
cos im so blue , i cant play the blues

J-Peg
05-02-2012, 03:27 PM
So, I'm not going to be too much of a stickler for the 12-bar format - I mostly just chose that 'cause it made a catchy theme, anyway!

Okay, this sounds like good news, because there are a lot of songs I looked at that aren't quite 12-bar and really lost something when adapted to 12-bar. So I had decided to go with something a little more traditional. But this means I could do one of those newer songs I was looking at instead. Which means I got to decide all over again.

Decisions, decisions...

nscafe
05-02-2012, 04:12 PM
Great submissions so far everyone! Here's my attempt. Sinner's Prayer. Love this song. I always thought I sounded ok singing along with it in the car so I figured I'd give it a shot! Haha

You're all witness to my first attempt at 12-bar blues on the uke. I also figured out how loud I can get before my Snowball microphone clips out... ;) Enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X_sbJ2napo

philpot
05-02-2012, 04:43 PM
Great submissions so far everyone! Here's my attempt. Sinner's Prayer. Love this song. I always thought I sounded ok singing along with it in the car so I figured I'd give it a shot! Haha

You're all witness to my first attempt at 12-bar blues on the uke. I also figured out how loud I can get before my Snowball Blue microphone clips out... ;) Enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X_sbJ2napo

I... Don't... Wow.

OldePhart
05-02-2012, 06:02 PM
Great submissions so far everyone! Here's my attempt. Sinner's Prayer. Love this song. I always thought I sounded ok singing along with it in the car so I figured I'd give it a shot! Haha

You're all witness to my first attempt at 12-bar blues on the uke. I also figured out how loud I can get before my Snowball Blue microphone clips out... ;) Enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X_sbJ2napo

Holy Smokes, Dude, that's some BLUES. You were just lip-synching, right, there's some 60 year old black blues man hidin' behind you, right. :)

Great job.

Hippie Dribble
05-02-2012, 07:40 PM
Great submissions so far everyone! Here's my attempt. Sinner's Prayer. Love this song. I always thought I sounded ok singing along with it in the car so I figured I'd give it a shot! Haha

You're all witness to my first attempt at 12-bar blues on the uke. I also figured out how loud I can get before my Snowball Blue microphone clips out... ;) Enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X_sbJ2napo
geez, talk about some authentic down-home blues singin...amazing brother Nate, just wonderful stuff. That warmed the blood in this cold ol body. BRAVO man

Hippie Dribble
05-02-2012, 07:43 PM
here it is , the 11th week. at least I tried.
http://youtu.be/8fSEMFmJ1gE

NICE!!! strumsilly that was great singing mate...just the right amount of gravel moving over those tonsils :)

thesillydave
05-02-2012, 09:50 PM
howdy ukulele seasonists! here's my entry into the blues edition..hope you like it!


http://youtu.be/Ju_30o9zlUE

cheers!

thesillydave
05-02-2012, 09:54 PM
Great submissions so far everyone! Here's my attempt. Sinner's Prayer. Love this song. I always thought I sounded ok singing along with it in the car so I figured I'd give it a shot! Haha

You're all witness to my first attempt at 12-bar blues on the uke. I also figured out how loud I can get before my Snowball Blue microphone clips out... ;) Enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X_sbJ2napo

wooollll....that was ....very....goood.....wow! didn't i see you on beale street? or..you sure you aren't a southern baptist preacher? maybe in another life! great job!

wee_ginga_yin
05-02-2012, 11:31 PM
Great submissions so far everyone! Here's my attempt.
Sinner's Prayer. Love this song. I always thought I sounded ok singing along with
it in the car so I figured I'd give it a shot! HahaYou're all witness to my first attempt
at 12-bar blues on the uke. I also figured out how loud I can get before my
Snowball Blue microphone clips out... ;) Enjoy!


When ever I attempt to sing like that I have to first gargle with razor blades and small stones.
You really ripped into that one... you would give leather lungs Lennon a run for his money.

nscafe
05-03-2012, 03:45 AM
I... Don't... Wow.

Thanks man, I appreciate it.


Holy Smokes, Dude, that's some BLUES. You were just lip-synching, right, there's some 60 year old black blues man hidin' behind you, right. :)

Great job.

Hahaha! I was trying to channel my inner Jonny Lang. It's a good thing I got that on an early take. I can't keep that up for long... ;)


geez, talk about some authentic down-home blues singin...amazing brother Nate, just wonderful stuff. That warmed the blood in this cold ol body. BRAVO man

Wow, Jon thanks! You're one of my ukulele idols, and I greatly appreciate the compliment.


wooollll....that was ....very....goood.....wow! didn't i see you on beale street? or..you sure you aren't a southern baptist preacher? maybe in another life! great job!

Well, I have lived in Alabama for a little over two years. Maybe that's it? Blues by osmosis? :) Thanks!


When ever I attempt to sing like that I have to first gargle with razor blades and small stones.
You really ripped into that one... you would give leather lungs Lennon a run for his money.

Yeah, it ain't easy on the ol' pipes. You know I had to look up "leather lungs Lennon". I only knew of one Lennon, but I figured it must have been someone else. Cool bit of trivia for a Beatles fan such as myself, and I'll take a comparison to Mr. Lennon any day, thank you. Ha!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thank you everyone for the kind words. These seasons contests have really livened up my last few weeks. I'm looking forward to seeing more submissions from whoever's lurking out there!

strumsilly
05-03-2012, 04:32 AM
for anyone who is having trouble getting a handle on the 12 bar blues, I came across a great lesson. super clear. Big Mahalo to Bret? @ ukuleletricks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fomtyWQQkaU&feature=related

OldePhart
05-03-2012, 07:33 AM
howdy ukulele seasonists! here's my entry into the blues edition..hope you like it!


http://youtu.be/Ju_30o9zlUE

cheers!

Great job Dave! Man, you always have the best costumes and props - you must have a hundred closets in your house!

JOhn

OldePhart
05-03-2012, 07:35 AM
Hahaha! I was trying to channel my inner Jonny Lang. It's a good thing I got that on an early take. I can't keep that up for long... ;)


It's funny you should mention that because that was the first thing I thought of - "this guy's like Jonny Lang - he sounds like the reincarnation of an old blues man!"

strumsilly
05-03-2012, 07:46 AM
yea, nscafe, that was too terrible, too terribly good. take 'er easy on that voice, we want to hear more, lots more.

nscafe
05-03-2012, 08:46 AM
It's funny you should mention that because that was the first thing I thought of - "this guy's like Jonny Lang - he sounds like the reincarnation of an old blues man!"

Now if only I could play like him... :\


yea, nscafe, that was too terrible, too terribly good. take 'er easy on that voice, we want to hear more, lots more.

Aww shucks man, thanks!

ukuleledaddy
05-03-2012, 08:55 AM
Great submissions so far everyone! Here's my attempt. Sinner's Prayer. Love this song. I always thought I sounded ok singing along with it in the car so I figured I'd give it a shot! Haha

You're all witness to my first attempt at 12-bar blues on the uke. I also figured out how loud I can get before my Snowball microphone clips out... ;) Enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X_sbJ2napo

YES! That was inspiring.

drbekken
05-03-2012, 09:12 AM
http://youtu.be/nC4qOYYMMbg

Here's my entry: KING BEE (Slim Harpo)

mattydee
05-03-2012, 09:59 AM
http://youtu.be/nC4qOYYMMbg

Here's my entry: KING BEE (Slim Harpo)

I haven't even watched this yet, but all I can say is, uh oh.

drbekken
05-03-2012, 10:12 AM
I haven't even watched this yet, but all I can say is, uh oh.

Which means...?

mattydee
05-03-2012, 10:43 AM
It means we are all toast, as you are on fire with the blues, Doc.

And after watching it, my suspicions are confirmed. Very well done indeed.

thesillydave
05-03-2012, 10:49 AM
http://youtu.be/nC4qOYYMMbg

Here's my entry: KING BEE (Slim Harpo)

yes, toast indeed! another great one doc!

nscafe
05-03-2012, 11:28 AM
http://youtu.be/nC4qOYYMMbg

Here's my entry: KING BEE (Slim Harpo)

All I can say is BZZZ BZZZZZ BZZZ BZZZZ BZZZZZZZZZZZZZ BZZZZ. Great job on that tune, and I like the ambience you've got there.

drbekken
05-03-2012, 11:35 AM
Thanks, everyone!

OldePhart
05-03-2012, 12:31 PM
http://youtu.be/nC4qOYYMMbg

Here's my entry: KING BEE (Slim Harpo)

Yay! I was hoping you'd join us, Doc. Great job! Keep singing that one and you won't have to worry about humidifying your uke! :)

Hippie Dribble
05-03-2012, 12:32 PM
http://youtu.be/nC4qOYYMMbg

Here's my entry: KING BEE (Slim Harpo)
aaaah doc, how awesome to see you put something up here for us to get into. So good it hurts....12th season anyone? :p

OldePhart
05-03-2012, 12:35 PM
Heh, heh. After seeing some of these entries I'm really glad I came up with that idea for doing a random draw from the top 10% + 1. Even pairing it down to 10% is going to be pretty darned tough, I think!

John

drbekken
05-03-2012, 12:43 PM
Yay! I was hoping you'd join us, Doc. Great job! Keep singing that one and you won't have to worry about humidifying your uke! :)

Trondheim, Norway, is a pretty damn wet & cold town, too...so no need for ukulele humidors up here, believe me.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-03-2012, 05:58 PM
here it is , the 11th week. at least I tried.
http://youtu.be/8fSEMFmJ1gE

Cool. That eight-string uke adds a great percussive quality to your rhythm. Very cool. And sad, sweet singing. Nice one!!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-03-2012, 06:02 PM
Great submissions so far everyone! Here's my attempt. Sinner's Prayer. Love this song. I always thought I sounded ok singing along with it in the car so I figured I'd give it a shot! Haha

You're all witness to my first attempt at 12-bar blues on the uke. I also figured out how loud I can get before my Snowball microphone clips out... ;) Enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X_sbJ2napo

Great dynamic performance, Nate! Love it when you set down the uke and just sing. Lots of us strummers forget that's an option. Cool.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-03-2012, 07:57 PM
This is the first twelve-bar blues that got to me---back when I was thirteen years old. Of course, it's a Clash song. It's actually by the Rulers, who also used Lloyd Price's 'Stagger Lee' for their intro, but I learned it from the Clash.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M54qBaNfdY&feature=youtu.be

Great challenge this week, John! Thanks!!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-03-2012, 09:07 PM
howdy ukulele seasonists! here's my entry into the blues edition..hope you like it!


http://youtu.be/Ju_30o9zlUE

cheers!

Nice boogie rhythm, Dave. And is that a touch of a yodel I hear? I think it is. Cool.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-03-2012, 09:11 PM
http://youtu.be/nC4qOYYMMbg

Here's my entry: KING BEE (Slim Harpo)

That was so bzzz-ing groovy I'm bzzz-ing going bzzz-y. Killer diller, sir. Welcome to the Seasons, Doc!

ukuleledaveey
05-04-2012, 01:48 AM
This is the first twelve-bar blues that got to me---back when I was thirteen years old. Of course, it's a Clash song. It's actually by the Rulers, who also used Lloyd Price's 'Stagger Lee' for their intro, but I learned it from the Clash.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M54qBaNfdY&feature=youtu.be

Great challenge this week, John! Thanks!!

Wow Ralf, that was fantastic my man, awesome playing, great tune, love the sound of the baritone, your vocals remind me of the singer from the flamming lips, i mean that as a compliment, loved it, great song and great job.

@Nscafe - WOW WOW WOW your voice was amazing on that song, it ws as if your were channelling a old time blues singer, or as someone else said, they were standing in the corner of the room and you were mimming, absolutely excelllent job mate you nailed it.

@theSillyDave - Another fine and splendid performance by you, love the sound of your ukeit sounds wonderful, your picking and strumming was fantastic, your voice reminds me of bob dylan/ tom petty, hope you take that as a compliment it is certainly intended as one, great job well done :)

@ Dr Bekken - well where can i start with your song ????? simply SUBLIME , i want a repeat prescription, that was amazing, loves the buzzing as well, and welcome aboard hope you stick around for future weeks

The standard by all of you guys this week has been exceptional,its getting tough for those of us at the other end of the spectrum, but it is such a joy to watch and listen to all you fab players :) gives me the blues watching your uke skills lol have a
great weekend everyone :)

eor
05-04-2012, 07:06 AM
Hey

another great contest...great job every one...

thought i would try "the thrill is gone" ( with apologies to mr King)

one take... no effects

good luck all

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



see ya

ukuleledaveey
05-04-2012, 07:52 AM
Hey

another great contest...great job every one...

thought i would try "the thrill is gone" ( with apologies to mr King)

one take... no effects

good luck all

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



see ya

Hi ya great to see another new face :), the more the merrier, great job on the song, really enjoyed it, loved your strummin style, hope to see you in future seasons :)

ukuleledaddy
05-04-2012, 07:59 AM
This is the first twelve-bar blues that got to me---back when I was thirteen years old. Of course, it's a Clash song. It's actually by the Rulers, who also used Lloyd Price's 'Stagger Lee' for their intro, but I learned it from the Clash.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M54qBaNfdY&feature=youtu.be

Great challenge this week, John! Thanks!!

That was fantastic Ralf! I've never heard this song, love it. I really like singing solo you did, I forget that's an option. I always think of harmonica of course, or kazoo, but singing the solo works wonderfully! Great percussive playing after the solo as well. Thanks for sharing a great performance and the inspiration to reach a higher bar!

OldePhart
05-04-2012, 08:14 AM
This is the first twelve-bar blues that got to me---back when I was thirteen years old. Of course, it's a Clash song. It's actually by the Rulers, who also used Lloyd Price's 'Stagger Lee' for their intro, but I learned it from the Clash.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M54qBaNfdY&feature=youtu.be

Great challenge this week, John! Thanks!!

Great job Ralf - and you get the 5% bonus for stumping me with one I've never heard even though it's not that old. I've heard the original it's based on, but never this and it's pretty cool stuff!

John

OldePhart
05-04-2012, 08:20 AM
Hey

another great contest...great job every one...

thought i would try "the thrill is gone" ( with apologies to mr King)

one take... no effects

good luck all

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



see ya


Nice work eor - I love that strum and that's a great old blues standard.

The Ukelites
05-04-2012, 08:52 AM
Hi there,

we recorded a led zeppelin song for the contest today. It's performed with ukulele and slide guitar. It's easy to play, a perfect song for beginners. Hope you like it! The Ukelites


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dieslq4UF5w

strumsilly
05-04-2012, 10:14 AM
Hi there,

we recorded a led zeppelin song for the contest today. It's performed with ukulele and slide guitar. It's easy to play, a perfect song for beginners. Hope you like it! The Ukelites


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dieslq4UF5w
I liked it, a lot!

glass
05-04-2012, 10:27 AM
This is the first twelve-bar blues that got to me---back when I was thirteen years old. Of course, it's a Clash song. It's actually by the Rulers, who also used Lloyd Price's 'Stagger Lee' for their intro, but I learned it from the Clash.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M54qBaNfdY&feature=youtu.be

Great challenge this week, John! Thanks!!

Nice job!!

glass
05-04-2012, 10:29 AM
So heres my attempt at the 12 bars blues, I did do reaasearch and found that this song is based on 12 bar blues so hope it works out......


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gOCr3lZfYA

peewee
05-04-2012, 11:26 AM
Wow there are some great entries this week. Nice work everyone.
Mine is a mess, but it contains some fun surprises. enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9zkt5Jg_bw

Oh and Oldepharte: I tried to omit a murder reference and I was only half successful, if you want to bleep it out for family friendliness, let me know.

ukuleledaveey
05-04-2012, 12:36 PM
Wow there are some great entries this week. Nice work everyone.
Mine is a mess, but it contains some fun surprises. enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9zkt5Jg_bw

Oh and Oldepharte: I tried to omit a murder reference and I was only half successful, if you want to bleep it out for family friendliness, let me know.

Well what can i say my man ..... tonight i felt very sad what with hearing of the death of MCA from the beastie boys who i have loved since they came out and got to see live, you my friend have just put the smile back onmy face thanks so much for this, i truly loved it, i haved watched it about 5 times now, i wanna keep it forever, it was very very clever peewee, dont under estimate yourself, i have exclusive rights on that lol only kidding, it was fab seriously, loved the spiderman bit to (my fave comic hero ). Now i think the blue dolphin may be commin your way, great job and please keep entering the seasons comp, you are a great addition, have a great weekend, all the best this side of the pond :)

ukuleledaveey
05-04-2012, 12:38 PM
Hi there,

we recorded a led zeppelin song for the contest today. It's performed with ukulele and slide guitar. It's easy to play, a perfect song for beginners. Hope you like it! The Ukelites


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dieslq4UF5w
awesome loved the vocals and always partial to a bit of slide, wow the bar has really been raised this week

ukuleledaveey
05-04-2012, 12:40 PM
So heres my attempt at the 12 bars blues, I did do reaasearch and found that this song is based on 12 bar blues so hope it works out......


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gOCr3lZfYA

Nice job Glass, i saw on the net about that song being 12 bar blues, well done for pulling it off, loved your nervous glances out the window as well , anyway good job, loved it

peewee
05-04-2012, 12:42 PM
Well what can i say my man ..... tonight i felt very sad what with hearing of the death of MCA from the beastie boys who i have loved since they came out and got to see live, you my friend have just put the smile back onmy face thanks so much for this, i truly loved it, i haved watched it about 5 times now, i wanna keep it forever, it was very very clever peewee, dont under estimate yourself, i have exclusive rights on that lol only kidding, it was fab seriously, loved the spiderman bit to (my fave comic hero ). Now i think the blue dolphin may be commin your way, great job and please keep entering the seasons comp, you are a great addition, have a great weekend, all the best this side of the pond :)
Thanks Davey,
I should have included a verse from your entry. Why do the best ideas always come too late?
I knew Adam at College, they used to hang out at our dorm. Sad news.
cheers, peewee

ukuleledaveey
05-04-2012, 12:49 PM
Thanks Davey,
I should have included a verse from your entry. Why do the best ideas always come too late?
I knew Adam at College, they used to hang out at our dorm. Sad news.
cheers, peewee
wow ,i cant believe it that he has gone, thanks for your tune for putting a smile on my face, hey peewee, at some point if i type it up i will send you my song as a document if you want it, no worries if not, your more than welcome to play it, im running next weeks season, gotta rethink what im doing now after the news about MCA

OldePhart
05-04-2012, 02:02 PM
Hi there,

we recorded a led zeppelin song for the contest today. It's performed with ukulele and slide guitar. It's easy to play, a perfect song for beginners. Hope you like it! The Ukelites


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dieslq4UF5w

Nice job guys. Loved that. The slide guitar and uke work great together and the vocals are great.

OldePhart
05-04-2012, 02:06 PM
So heres my attempt at the 12 bars blues, I did do reaasearch and found that this song is based on 12 bar blues so hope it works out......


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gOCr3lZfYA

Nice Glass, we needed a little Doors' music in da house!

OldePhart
05-04-2012, 02:19 PM
Wow there are some great entries this week. Nice work everyone.
Mine is a mess, but it contains some fun surprises. enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9zkt5Jg_bw

Oh and Oldepharte: I tried to omit a murder reference and I was only half successful, if you want to bleep it out for family friendliness, let me know.

Loved it. That was a really clever and fun medley so I gave you the 5% bonus for "originality or stump john" even though I've heard all the songs in the
medley before. :)

Oh, and murder and mayhem are okay - those are good old 'Merican values after all! LOL

John

eor
05-04-2012, 03:14 PM
Nice work eor - I love that strum and that's a great old blues standard.


thanks ............. and thanks for the contest

eor
05-04-2012, 03:15 PM
Hi ya great to see another new face :), the more the merrier, great job on the song, really enjoyed it, loved your strummin style, hope to see you in future seasons :)

thanks for the warm welcome...........

peewee
05-04-2012, 05:43 PM
Loved it. That was a really clever and fun medley so I gave you the 5% bonus for "originality or stump john" even though I've heard all the songs in the
medley before. :)

Oh, and murder and mayhem are okay - those are good old 'Merican values after all! LOL

John

Thanks John for the bonus and the kind words. I wish I could have polished that some...it could certainly use it. I haven't tried to go bluesy with the uke at all, so thanks for the push. I came close to doing all of "ca plane pour moi" and you are all lucky I don't have the time to perfect that torrent of French!
great contest, great entries. We even got the Dr. in!

The Ukelites
05-05-2012, 12:56 AM
Thanks to all! The idea of a blues contest is just brilliant. Oldephart :bowdown:
All the entries are great! We really enjoyed watching them and hope there are some more to come!

chrimess
05-05-2012, 03:29 AM
well done, guys- Go Bayern!

@Oldephart: How is "Rock 'n' Roll" for PG13?


Thanks to all! The idea of a blues contest is just brilliant. Oldephart :bowdown:
All the entries are great! We really enjoyed watching them and hope there are some more to come!

OldePhart
05-05-2012, 06:50 AM
well done, guys- Go Bayern!

@Oldephart: How is "Rock 'n' Roll" for PG13?

I'm not sure which song you're talking about - there are so many with that in the title...

John

Dougf
05-05-2012, 07:23 AM
Here's a classic minor blues.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plefn5yrLcI

chrimess
05-05-2012, 08:06 AM
Hi John,
the actual meaning behind what the bluesmen refer to as "Rock 'n' Roll" ...


well done, guys- Go Bayern!

@Oldephart: How is "Rock 'n' Roll" for PG13?

OldePhart
05-05-2012, 08:07 AM
Here's a classic minor blues.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plefn5yrLcI

Great rendition Doug. That's two weeks in a row we've had a cover of a tune from the "radio" in Fallout New Vegas - I think we've got some gamers in this bunch!

OldePhart
05-05-2012, 08:08 AM
Hi John,
the actual meaning behind what the bluesmen refer to as "Rock 'n' Roll" ...

Ahh, gotcha - that's kinda pushing the envelope. A lot of blues go there but if you do it needs to be pretty subtle. :)

Dougf
05-05-2012, 10:07 AM
Great rendition Doug. That's two weeks in a row we've had a cover of a tune from the "radio" in Fallout New Vegas - I think we've got some gamers in this bunch!

Thanks, John. I'm not a gamer, just a Peggy Lee fan. I'd never hear of 'Fallout New Vegas' until I came across references to it in the comment feeds of some the videos I researched for this.

The song has an interesting article on wikipedia. I tried to link it in the description of my video, but it doesn't seem to work. Let's see if it works here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_Don't_You_Do_Right%3F

ukuleledaveey
05-05-2012, 10:14 AM
theme and rules are up for season 12 :)

ukuleledaveey
05-05-2012, 10:18 AM
Here's a classic minor blues.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plefn5yrLcI

Great job Doug that was some lovely playing really enjoyed it :)

philpot
05-05-2012, 02:57 PM
Looks like I'm not gonna have time to make my video :(

OldePhart
05-05-2012, 06:14 PM
Okay folks, one day left, need to get about four or five more vids in here so I can add another player to the finalist pool for the drawing of that ever so valuable and special Dolphin!

BTW, I spent an hour out on the porch last night watching the thunderstorms just to the south of us and playing that Dolphin - so it'll be "played in" a little bit for the winner... :)

And finally, here's a link I found to something that explains the blues perfectly! Maybe someone can draw a little inspiration from it... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWTKj0rKk_o

John

mattydee
05-05-2012, 06:31 PM
I'm recording in the morning. Still a little surprised no one snagged my song, but there's still time yet. If so, I'll have to sing the guess I didn't tape in time blues.

jmw
05-05-2012, 07:38 PM
Hey all,

So I'm a relatively new ukulele player, and I've been using these contests as an excuse/reason to learn new songs each week (e.g. "You Are My Sunshine" for Smiles and Sun week, and "Sleeping Satellite" for Earth week), but this is the first time I've entered a video. Thanks for watching, listening, and suffering through some awkward chord changes. I'm covering "Backwater Blues."

http://youtu.be/pQ-dtPT7yMQ

myrnaukelele
05-05-2012, 08:34 PM
howdy ukulele seasonists! here's my entry into the blues edition..hope you like it!


http://youtu.be/Ju_30o9zlUE

cheers!
Nice playing!
I know a different milk cow blues...
I've got the milk em in the mornin and feed em
Milk em in the evening blues.

myrnaukelele
05-05-2012, 08:41 PM
Great submissions so far everyone! Here's my attempt. Sinner's Prayer. Love this song. I always thought I sounded ok singing along with it in the car so I figured I'd give it a shot! Haha

You're all witness to my first attempt at 12-bar blues on the uke. I also figured out how loud I can get before my Snowball microphone clips out... ;) Enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X_sbJ2napo

Oh yeah!
sing them blues~

myrnaukelele
05-05-2012, 08:44 PM
Here's a classic minor blues.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plefn5yrLcI
Great song! and nicely played.
I don't know the Peggy Lee version but I first heard this song done by a band out of Missoula.

myrnaukelele
05-05-2012, 09:56 PM
Found an old Country Blues song book at the annual book sale for our library. Learned this song for the Eleventh Season~
http://youtu.be/-o12K6fnb2c

ukuleledaveey
05-05-2012, 11:43 PM
Hey all,

So I'm a relatively new ukulele player, and I've been using these contests as an excuse/reason to learn new songs each week (e.g. "You Are My Sunshine" for Smiles and Sun week, and "Sleeping Satellite" for Earth week), but this is the first time I've entered a video. Thanks for watching, listening, and suffering through some awkward chord changes. I'm covering "Backwater Blues."

http://youtu.be/pQ-dtPT7yMQHi ya great to see you here, well done for entering, wow your doing great for a newbie, loved the song, your strummin was pretty good you know, ive been learning a year and your pretty well up there with me, you have a lovely voice to, which sounded great for the blues, well done and hope to see you take part in future seasons , keep it up your doing great :)

ukuleledaveey
05-05-2012, 11:45 PM
Found an old Country Blues song book at the annual book sale for our library. Learned this song for the Eleventh Season~
http://youtu.be/-o12K6fnb2c

that was fab myrnaukulele, your voice was awesome for that song really really enjoyed it,good to see a few more ladies entering :)

benjoeuke
05-06-2012, 07:56 AM
Great entries, all of 'em!

Nate, I think you must've scored a perfect 10 for that vocal performance, holy cow! :cool:

Doug, I love that song, used to play it in my old trio, still play it sometimes at home but after hearing your rendition I'll probably never play it again... just kidding :) but no, seriously...

ukuleledaveey, loved "Ukulele Blues" but dang it, that's what I was gonna call my song! lol... that's ok bro, yours is better, I just made up a new name for mine :)

and everybody else too, so much fun to watch and listen to all these Blues vids... gonna make a great playlist!

OldPharte, thank you so much for puttin' this on, classic Blues music has been a huge part of my life since I was a teenager and I really had a lot of fun doing this...I have been running through the ideas in my head all week, and last night at 2:00am I finally got the chance to put this vid together... drawing inspiration from my favorite Blues guitarists, I strung some riffs together and connected them with some improvised licks... one take on the iPhone again :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc90IGZqC4Q

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-06-2012, 08:59 AM
Hey

another great contest...great job every one...

thought i would try "the thrill is gone" ( with apologies to mr King)

one take... no effects

good luck all

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



see ya

Welcome to the Seasons! You get a nice rhythm going here, and some sweet melody playing as well. Your singing is right in the pocket with your playing as well---soft and sweet. Nice.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-06-2012, 09:04 AM
Hi there,

we recorded a led zeppelin song for the contest today. It's performed with ukulele and slide guitar. It's easy to play, a perfect song for beginners. Hope you like it! The Ukelites


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dieslq4UF5w

Welcome to the Seasons, Ukelites! Cool to distill Zeppelin's bombast to its rootsy core. Sounds great. Gracias.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-06-2012, 10:37 AM
Great stuff y'all! One basic chord progression, but so many possible approaches to enjoy (both from songwriters and performers). Great idea, John!

More responses:

@glass -- Some of those Los Angeles rock and roll blues. Nice.

@peewee -- Fun! And I'd go with "cool" rather than "geeky" musicologist. Do you ever DJ? I'm sure your music collection would rock any party. Ahh, Spiderman into Anarchy for the UK. So good.

@Dougf -- Great to have your sweet, syncopated rhythm here in the Seasons threads, welcome! And nice chord solo!

@jmw -- Welcome to the Seasons! That's after one month of playing?! Congrats on your quick progress and on this great performance. Looking forward to your uke-future!

@myrnaukulele -- Sweet one. Cool that the sun's starting to set as your blues hit. Nice.

@benjoeuke -- Welcome to the Seasons! And you brought your overdrive. And your shredding ability. Killer. Gracias.

J-Peg
05-06-2012, 11:06 AM
Okay, here's mine. It's a blues version of a song that really should've been a blues song all along.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W54WDAe3hcM&feature=youtu.be

mattydee
05-06-2012, 11:42 AM
Here we go.

It has been a very long week, and this took far too many takes, and I still didn't get it how I wanted it, but I had to give up. As my wife pointed out, singing the blues actually gave me the blues.

Anyway, I was first introduced to this song back in the late nineties. My friend Chris Barron had broken up with Spin Doctors and was hitting smaller venues as a solo act, and did this tune on a uke... (along with a couple of others, but this was the best one.) It's on his solo album, Shag, and played MUCH better and more colorfully than I could play it here.

But so, here it is, Rollin' Stone


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZEl4Vztd4Y

ukuleledaveey
05-06-2012, 12:06 PM
@benjoeuke - wow that was smokin hot,that was just sooooooo good ly gob smacked at your riff skills, well done mate.

@J-Peg - Well what can i say as a massive johnny cash fan, man that was superb, absolutely loved it,it sounded so good, your playing was fantastic and your singing was exceptional, i really love when people do covers and do it a different style and put their own mark on, i reckon you got yourself a good song to play live there, really loved it.

@Matydee - Wowser, no need to panic Matty, that was awesome, great strummin, ace pickin, and wow what a powerful and fantastic vocal, that was so good, well done.

:bowdown:Blimmey the standard has been so high this week there is some fantastic performances the blues has really brought out some top notch performances :)

mattydee
05-06-2012, 12:07 PM
NOOOOOOO!!!! I just realized a song I would have loved to have done for this contest is indeed a 12 bar, and I no longer have the time to do it.

Now I really have the blues. :(

At least I got a song in on time, I guess.

mattydee
05-06-2012, 12:21 PM
@benjoeuke - wow that was smokin hot,that was just sooooooo good ly gob smacked at your riff skills, well done mate.

@J-Peg - Well what can i say as a massive johnny cash fan, man that was superb, absolutely loved it,it sounded so good, your playing was fantastic and your singing was exceptional, i really love when people do covers and do it a different style and put their own mark on, i reckon you got yourself a good song to play live there, really loved it.

@Matydee - Wowser, no need to panic Matty, that was awesome, great strummin, ace pickin, and wow what a powerful and fantastic vocal, that was so good, well done.

:bowdown:Blimmey the standard has been so high this week there is some fantastic performances the blues has really brought out some top notch performances :)

Thanks, Davey. As with many artists, I'm often my own worst critic. But, I'm looking forward to figuring out what I want to do for week 12. I have a bit more time next week, so I hope I can get it together before the last minute.

benjoeuke
05-06-2012, 01:17 PM
mattydee- wow! that's pro level Blues singin' and pickin' fo sho'... i love's me some Muddy Waters... sho'nuff ya'll

ukuleledaveey- thanks for the kind words... I try but never 100% satisfied with my performance... I think the late great Bon Scott put it best:
"Riff Raff... well, it's good for a laugh!"

Ukelites- very nicely done... huge Zep fan, always loved that song... I wonder if anyone noticed where I made a nod to that tune in my entry... :)

J-Peg- love that tune and you are right it sounds great as a straight up 12 bar, I can hear it in my head all slow and lonesome with some dobro fills and a sad Blues harp solo, awesome man... loved it :)

Ralph- what can I say? perfect as always... love The Clash... my best friend in Jr High had a real electric gitarr that plugged into a speaker and everything! He could play the beginning of "(I can't get no) Satisfaction" and all of "Should I Stay or Should I Go"... ahh the good ol' days
Thanks for the kind words, and BTW, just for the record my overdrive is just the natural sound of a 1949 Masco PA amp driving the speaker in that old Philco radio cabinet... so no fancy effects or anything there :)

There is some great stuff here by everyone! I can't wait to have the complete playlist added to my fav's... All Blues, and all on ukulele... Sweet!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-06-2012, 01:41 PM
I had so much fun with "Wrong Em Boyo", I couldn't resist learning more about Stagger Lee. I read up on the story on wikipedia and in American Ballads and Folk Songs by John and Alan Lomax. My wife showed me Nice Cave's terrifying "Stagger Lee". I fell for the charms of Cliff Edwards' somewhat silly "Stack O Lee". And I discovered my new favorite version of the story, Mississippi John Hurt's "Stack O Lee Blues", which I couldn't resist adapting to the uke...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZezxT6m8no&feature=youtu.be

Hippie Dribble
05-06-2012, 01:55 PM
I had so much fun with "Wrong Em Boyo", I couldn't resist learning more about Stagger Lee. I read up on the story on wikipedia and in American Ballads and Folk Songs by John and Alan Lomax. My wife showed me Nice Cave's terrifying "Stagger Lee". I fell for the charms of Cliff Edwards' somewhat silly "Stack O Lee". And I discovered my new favorite version of the story, Mississippi John Hurt's "Stack O Lee Blues", which I couldn't resist adapting to the uke...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZezxT6m8no&feature=youtu.be
ooooh, so good Ralf.

Hippie Dribble
05-06-2012, 01:58 PM
wow gang, totally blown away by the sheer quality of entries this week. This has been incredible to watch and love every single clip here, it's all superb. Surely the bar has been raised and this must be the best season to date, and probably one of the hardest to judge I'm guessing John. Thankyou everyone, what a treat, pure candy for the ears. :)

OldePhart
05-06-2012, 01:59 PM
Hey all,

So I'm a relatively new ukulele player, and I've been using these contests as an excuse/reason to learn new songs each week (e.g. "You Are My Sunshine" for Smiles and Sun week, and "Sleeping Satellite" for Earth week), but this is the first time I've entered a video. Thanks for watching, listening, and suffering through some awkward chord changes. I'm covering "Backwater Blues."

http://youtu.be/pQ-dtPT7yMQ
Really nice jmw - thanks for joining us! You've got a great blues voice!

OldePhart
05-06-2012, 02:04 PM
Found an old Country Blues song book at the annual book sale for our library. Learned this song for the Eleventh Season~
http://youtu.be/-o12K6fnb2c

See - now there's some quintessential blues - mentions whiskey, trains, and dissatisfaction - it has to be blues! Great job Myrna I was wondering if you were going to go missing on us this week!

OldePhart
05-06-2012, 02:11 PM
Great entries, all of 'em!

Nate, I think you must've scored a perfect 10 for that vocal performance, holy cow! :cool:

Doug, I love that song, used to play it in my old trio, still play it sometimes at home but after hearing your rendition I'll probably never play it again... just kidding :) but no, seriously...

ukuleledaveey, loved "Ukulele Blues" but dang it, that's what I was gonna call my song! lol... that's ok bro, yours is better, I just made up a new name for mine :)

and everybody else too, so much fun to watch and listen to all these Blues vids... gonna make a great playlist!

OldPharte, thank you so much for puttin' this on, classic Blues music has been a huge part of my life since I was a teenager and I really had a lot of fun doing this...I have been running through the ideas in my head all week, and last night at 2:00am I finally got the chance to put this vid together... drawing inspiration from my favorite Blues guitarists, I strung some riffs together and connected them with some improvised licks... one take on the iPhone again :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc90IGZqC4Q

Woo-hooo - great job and I think our first instrumental electric blues! 5% bonus for the original medley. Great job. YOu guys are going to give me gray hair trying to pair this down to three or four finalists...oh, wait, my hair is already gray - I guess I have to blame the grandkids for that. LOL

OldePhart
05-06-2012, 02:17 PM
Okay, here's mine. It's a blues version of a song that really should've been a blues song all along.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W54WDAe3hcM&feature=youtu.be

Shades...check
Beard...check
Trains...check
Prison...check

Yep, it's blues! Great job Joe. Glad you joined us again this week.

JOhn

OldePhart
05-06-2012, 02:23 PM
Here we go.

It has been a very long week, and this took far too many takes, and I still didn't get it how I wanted it, but I had to give up. As my wife pointed out, singing the blues actually gave me the blues.

Anyway, I was first introduced to this song back in the late nineties. My friend Chris Barron had broken up with Spin Doctors and was hitting smaller venues as a solo act, and did this tune on a uke... (along with a couple of others, but this was the best one.) It's on his solo album, Shag, and played MUCH better and more colorfully than I could play it here.

But so, here it is, Rollin' Stone


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZEl4Vztd4Y

Great job on an old standard, Matty! Lots of feeling in that one.

OldePhart
05-06-2012, 02:31 PM
I had so much fun with "Wrong Em Boyo", I couldn't resist learning more about Stagger Lee. I read up on the story on wikipedia and in American Ballads and Folk Songs by John and Alan Lomax. My wife showed me Nice Cave's terrifying "Stagger Lee". I fell for the charms of Cliff Edwards' somewhat silly "Stack O Lee". And I discovered my new favorite version of the story, Mississippi John Hurt's "Stack O Lee Blues", which I couldn't resist adapting to the uke...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZezxT6m8no&feature=youtu.be

Nice, Ralf - good camera angle, too - that's practically a lesson video on arpeggiated blues.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-06-2012, 02:37 PM
@J-Peg -- Love how you've got that blues bass line walking through the chords. Very cool version of a classic.

@mattydee -- Great dynamic singing! This song suits your voice well. Very nice.

ukuleledaveey
05-06-2012, 02:42 PM
I had so much fun with "Wrong Em Boyo", I couldn't resist learning more about Stagger Lee. I read up on the story on wikipedia and in American Ballads and Folk Songs by John and Alan Lomax. My wife showed me Nice Cave's terrifying "Stagger Lee". I fell for the charms of Cliff Edwards' somewhat silly "Stack O Lee". And I discovered my new favorite version of the story, Mississippi John Hurt's "Stack O Lee Blues", which I couldn't resist adapting to the uke...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZezxT6m8no&feature=youtu.be
Wow that was fantastic Ralf, sounded really sweet, the style of playing really complimented your singing, and your singing was fab by the way.
Everyone offers something unique to this and everyone is a joy to listen to.
Thanks John for hosting a fab week :shaka:

ukuleledaddy
05-06-2012, 02:57 PM
Here's my entry. It's a work in progress. I'm overwhelmed by the sheer talent displayed this week. I will be displaying no such talent. It's been a goal of mine to learn the blues on ukulele for a while. If it were another week perhaps I could have spent the time necessary to put something nice together. But, as I mention in the song, "I ain't got no time to practice".

By the way, this is my first original song. I've never written a song before but this came together in like five minutes. Enjoy, warts and all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEphFXmA9LA&list=UUwOfmPtmH0q5v_XIFVIWYsA&index=1&feature=plcp

Hippie Dribble
05-06-2012, 03:15 PM
Here's my entry. It's a work in progress. I'm overwhelmed by the sheer talent displayed this week. I will be displaying no such talent. It's been a goal of mine to learn the blues on ukulele for a while. If it were another week perhaps I could have spent the time necessary to put something nice together. But, as I mention in the song, "I ain't got no time to practice".

By the way, this is my first original song. I've never written a song before but this came together in like five minutes. Enjoy, warts and all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEphFXmA9LA&list=UUwOfmPtmH0q5v_XIFVIWYsA&index=1&feature=plcp
YES Sean, that was GREAT mate, absolutely loved it. VERY entertaining, and I can relate too brother. Here's to the stay-at-home-dads! :)

Like you mate, I've learnt a lot this week as I know nothing about blues either. I bought an instructional DVD 2 years ago by Rick Sauer about how to play but another one of those things I've never gotten around too. Watching the entries this week has been a real highlight of the seasons for me, and I've learnt a whole bunch of stuff...

One other guy you probably already know about is dr bekken...he's got the blues in his veins and is a superb exponent of the genre on the uke. Check out his channel and subscribe...well worth repeated listening
http://www.youtube.com/user/drbekken

blessings mate :)

ukuleledaveey
05-06-2012, 03:16 PM
Here's my entry. It's a work in progress. I'm overwhelmed by the sheer talent displayed this week. I will be displaying no such talent. It's been a goal of mine to learn the blues on ukulele for a while. If it were another week perhaps I could have spent the time necessary to put something nice together. But, as I mention in the song, "I ain't got no time to practice".

By the way, this is my first original song. I've never written a song before but this came together in like five minutes. Enjoy, warts and all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEphFXmA9LA&list=UUwOfmPtmH0q5v_XIFVIWYsA&index=1&feature=plcp

That was great, loved it,nice to see you having fun with your family, loved the bit when you were struggling with the kazoo, made me laugh, reminds me when i did a spot at our local uke club, finished the kazoo solo and couldnt get it out of my mouth so i just spat it out and it flew across the room. Anyway that was a great fun filled performance, that was some nice happy blues :)

peewee
05-06-2012, 03:23 PM
Here's my entry. It's a work in progress. I'm overwhelmed by the sheer talent displayed this week. I will be displaying no such talent. It's been a goal of mine to learn the blues on ukulele for a while. If it were another week perhaps I could have spent the time necessary to put something nice together. But, as I mention in the song, "I ain't got no time to practice".

By the way, this is my first original song. I've never written a song before but this came together in like five minutes. Enjoy, warts and all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEphFXmA9LA&list=UUwOfmPtmH0q5v_XIFVIWYsA&index=1&feature=plcp
Best Kazoo holder ever. I can relate to your blues, man..

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-06-2012, 03:26 PM
Here's my entry. It's a work in progress. I'm overwhelmed by the sheer talent displayed this week. I will be displaying no such talent. It's been a goal of mine to learn the blues on ukulele for a while. If it were another week perhaps I could have spent the time necessary to put something nice together. But, as I mention in the song, "I ain't got no time to practice".

By the way, this is my first original song. I've never written a song before but this came together in like five minutes. Enjoy, warts and all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEphFXmA9LA&list=UUwOfmPtmH0q5v_XIFVIWYsA&index=1&feature=plcp

Woohoo! I like that you're singing about your girls misbehaving while they help you with your video. And that was the most acrobatic kazoo solo I can remember. Rad.

OldePhart
05-06-2012, 06:13 PM
Here's my entry. It's a work in progress. I'm overwhelmed by the sheer talent displayed this week. I will be displaying no such talent. It's been a goal of mine to learn the blues on ukulele for a while. If it were another week perhaps I could have spent the time necessary to put something nice together. But, as I mention in the song, "I ain't got no time to practice".

By the way, this is my first original song. I've never written a song before but this came together in like five minutes. Enjoy, warts and all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEphFXmA9LA&list=UUwOfmPtmH0q5v_XIFVIWYsA&index=1&feature=plcp

That was great - 5% bonus for the original song and kudos for playing kazoo on the table! Looks like your kids have you eating out of their hands - well, playing kazoo out of their hands, anyway.

myrnaukelele
05-06-2012, 08:47 PM
Decided on a different blues song for the Eleventh Season.

http://youtu.be/htQV008PnEA

myrnaukelele
05-06-2012, 08:57 PM
Okay, here's mine. It's a blues version of a song that really should've been a blues song all along.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W54WDAe3hcM&feature=youtu.be
Awesome! Great song and great playing.

myrnaukelele
05-06-2012, 09:02 PM
Here's my entry. It's a work in progress. I'm overwhelmed by the sheer talent displayed this week. I will be displaying no such talent. It's been a goal of mine to learn the blues on ukulele for a while. If it were another week perhaps I could have spent the time necessary to put something nice together. But, as I mention in the song, "I ain't got no time to practice".

By the way, this is my first original song. I've never written a song before but this came together in like five minutes. Enjoy, warts and all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEphFXmA9LA&list=UUwOfmPtmH0q5v_XIFVIWYsA&index=1&feature=plcp
Kudos for writing a blues song! Playing kazoo on the table's gotta be worth some points. Loved it.

myrnaukelele
05-06-2012, 09:11 PM
Great entries, all of 'em!

Nate, I think you must've scored a perfect 10 for that vocal performance, holy cow! :cool:

Doug, I love that song, used to play it in my old trio, still play it sometimes at home but after hearing your rendition I'll probably never play it again... just kidding :) but no, seriously...

ukuleledaveey, loved "Ukulele Blues" but dang it, that's what I was gonna call my song! lol... that's ok bro, yours is better, I just made up a new name for mine :)

and everybody else too, so much fun to watch and listen to all these Blues vids... gonna make a great playlist!

OldPharte, thank you so much for puttin' this on, classic Blues music has been a huge part of my life since I was a teenager and I really had a lot of fun doing this...I have been running through the ideas in my head all week, and last night at 2:00am I finally got the chance to put this vid together... drawing inspiration from my favorite Blues guitarists, I strung some riffs together and connected them with some improvised licks... one take on the iPhone again :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc90IGZqC4Q
This is Classic! And an original to boot. Oh yeah hand me down my ukulele.

wee_ginga_yin
05-07-2012, 01:38 AM
Decided on a different blues song for the Eleventh Season.


Hmm... vocal stylings of Marianne Faithful/Édith Piaf.... NICE!!!

eor
05-07-2012, 01:52 AM
Welcome to the Seasons! You get a nice rhythm going here, and some sweet melody playing as well. Your singing is right in the pocket with your playing as well---soft and sweet. Nice.

Thanks alot

I am steadily working towards my long term goal of singing in key for a whole song :-)

eor

eor
05-07-2012, 01:57 AM
good job every body, and good luck.......... its been another great contest.

benjoeuke
05-07-2012, 06:40 AM
This is Classic! And an original to boot. Oh yeah hand me down my ukulele.

Thanks for the kind words myrnaukulele... I enjoyed yours as well, very nice indeed, sho'nuff y'all ;)

wee_ginga_yin
05-07-2012, 07:02 AM
I had so much fun with "Wrong Em Boyo", I couldn't resist learning more about Stagger Lee. I read up on the story on wikipedia and in American Ballads and Folk Songs by John and Alan Lomax. My wife showed me Nice Cave's terrifying "Stagger Lee". I fell for the charms of Cliff Edwards' somewhat silly "Stack O Lee". And I discovered my new favorite version of the story, Mississippi John Hurt's "Stack O Lee Blues", which I couldn't resist adapting to the uke...



MJH had such a gentle voice compared to most other blues shouters
from the same era. If you get a chance listen to

Avalon my home town (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7hMIBxrI7Q)

The base line runs on that song is an ear-worm. I have always imagined
that if I could play that song I would have all the pretty women blowing
kisses and waving at me:old:

OldePhart
05-07-2012, 09:14 AM
Absolutely stunning job everybody. Our regulars all stepped up to the next level this week and we had some great newcomers as well. I've got to tell you, this was tough, tough, tough to judge. I'd been keeping running notes and scoring as I went, so I should be able to do the reveal video soon, hopefully tonight! Just to tease you a little....

I scored on four factors and everybody started with five points in each factor (that applied to them - i.e. if you didn't do vocal I didn't give you any score for it but I also didn't count that parameter when calculating the average, either):

1) The "set" - this is sort of a catch-all that attempts to measure how much thought you gave to the video itself - i.e. background, costumes, lighting, post-production (if any) etc. Basically, if you just sat in front of your computer with no thought for the background and so on, you got the five points. If the background was especially cluttered or distracting or the video was very noisy then I knocked the score down a little. If you obviously gave some thought to the background and lighting, wore clothing that matched the vid, etc., then you got a little bonus in this area. Simply post processing didn't necessarily earn a bonus - but if the processing made the feel of the video match better with the song, then it did give you a bit of a boost.

2) Showmanship - how comfortable were you in front of the camera, how well did your demeanor fit the content of the song, and so on.

3) Instrumental - basically I attempted to measure not how complex your instrumental was but how well you carried off what you did attempt. So, the simple strummers didn't necessarily give up much of this ground to some of our expert pickers if they really had the timing locked down and an interesting strum, and so on.

4) Vocal - I tried to measure how well you carried off what you attempted and how appropriate your vocal was to the song styling. That was my intent, anyway. In the end though everybody did so well at the basics (staying on key, appropriate enunciation, etc.) that I ended up giving a bit of a bonus to those who went out on the limb and pushed the vocal envelope, so to speak. If I hadn't this category would have been a 21-way tie - LOL.

The 5% bonus for an original or a song I hadn't heard added an interesting element but in the end it didn't make a difference in who landed in the finalist pool. It did, however, change the rankings within the pool - not that that matters a whit.

There was a several-way tie one-eighth of a point down from the last finalist. Yes, we were <voice mode="Maxwell Smart">this close</voice> to having seven or eight people in the pool instead of four!

Well, lunch is over and I need to get back to work so look for the reveal video some time late this evening. (I'm such a tease...)

Hippie Dribble
05-07-2012, 01:00 PM
wow John, such a comprehensive breakdown of the process. Thanks mate, that's helpful for each of us as the seasons continue.

OldePhart
05-07-2012, 03:41 PM
Here it is everybody, I tried to keep it under an hour. I also rendered it in low res so it won't be such a big bandwidth hog - it's not like we need to see the pores in my skin while I flap my lips!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQGMV-MSZic&feature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQGMV-MSZic&feature=youtu.be

Thanks again for participating everybody. Now, I've got to start working something up for the 12th season!

Hippie Dribble
05-07-2012, 03:59 PM
fabulous job this week John. Thanks for all the time you've put in mate. And a big thanks for these tutorial videos on the uke set-up process. For us tech dunces they've been VERY useful and I'm grateful.
CONGRATS MATTY!!!!! Awesome job from you brother and from everyone else. A truly awesome season this one has been.... :)

ukuleledaveey
05-07-2012, 04:09 PM
Here it is everybody, I tried to keep it under an hour. I also rendered it in low res so it won't be such a big bandwidth hog - it's not like we need to see the pores in my skin while I flap my lips!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQGMV-MSZic&feature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQGMV-MSZic&feature=youtu.be

Thanks again for participating everybody. Now, I've got to start working something up for the 12th season!
Congrats Matty, well deserved win and thank you so so so much John for running an outstanding week, you have done a grand job my man :bowdown: and well done all fellow competitors i thought you were all ace, i hope i can do a good enough job running this weeks :)

jmw
05-07-2012, 04:10 PM
Thanks to John and others for your kind words and encouragement! I had a feeling I would like all of you. :)

mattydee
05-07-2012, 04:17 PM
Wow! Thank you so much! This was totally unexpected. Seriously. I have a huge smile on my face right now! Thanks for the kind words, all, and thanks for the win Oldephart (and for the great contest... You really brought out the big guns)! I can't wait to tell Chris that all these years later, his inspiration won me a little blue uke!

I really thought the quality of the performances this week was the best we've had so far. It's a testament to practice, I guess. I know it has been for me anyway. The pressure to learn and record a new song every week has been so good for my playing, and my singing, frankly, and I can't wait to see where we all go in the seasons to come.

Forward, my seasonistas!

myrnaukelele
05-07-2012, 04:20 PM
Hmm... vocal stylings of Marianne Faithful/Édith Piaf.... NICE!!!
Wee ginga yin - you must have me confused with someone else :-)
Although I am honored to be listed with such wonderful chanteuses.

myrnaukelele
05-07-2012, 04:22 PM
Congrats on your win mattydee!

eor
05-07-2012, 04:36 PM
thanks again John and congrats Matty, good job.

ukuleledaddy
05-07-2012, 04:58 PM
Here it is everybody, I tried to keep it under an hour. I also rendered it in low res so it won't be such a big bandwidth hog - it's not like we need to see the pores in my skin while I flap my lips!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQGMV-MSZic&feature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQGMV-MSZic&feature=youtu.be

Thanks again for participating everybody. Now, I've got to start working something up for the 12th season!

John,

Thanks so much for your review and for hosting this wonderful week of ukulele blues. As I've mentioned, I've been wanting to learn the blues for a while and I'll be watching all these videos many times. There's so much to draw on here and so much to learn. I feel very grateful to have all of this great inspiration you have all provided.

As far as my video, well it didn't come off as well as I'd like of course but it is what it is and I think enhances the lyrics. As far as that cheat sheet you spotted John, you're right that it is a cheat sheet but it contains the chords for a big show I was involved in over the weekend (which Ralf actually attended. Thanks Ralf!). That show kept me so busy last week I almost thought I wouldn't get an entry in this week.

thesillydave
05-07-2012, 05:25 PM
thanks john for the kind words and for coming up with a great season contest! and congrats mattydee!
and to all the seasonists!! ditto what mattydee said, these one week contests really make me practice and challenge my playing, thanks for continuing them!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-07-2012, 08:27 PM
Another wonderful week of Seasons, everyone, thanks! A special thank you to John for keeping the Seasons going with a great challenge, and a hearty congratulations to mattydee for a well-deserved win!!

See y'all over at ukuleledaveey's three Rs!

PS Still waiting for final results for Sunshine and Smiles. I straightened out the communication glitch that had delayed the judging. Things are happening. Really.

nscafe
05-07-2012, 10:27 PM
Congrats mattydee! I fell behind on everyone's contributions to the contest on account of traveling to Hawaii(!) this week, so I'm catching up now. Tons of great entries. I'm truly outclassed in here, but I appreciate being allowed to play along anyway. :)

Hey OldePhart/John, you didn't happen to mention who all was on those four slips of paper did you? I'm just curious who else happened to be in there. Great contest this week, and a great theme. Thanks again for sponsoring this one!

nscafe
05-07-2012, 10:30 PM
Oh, and I know it's not obvious, and I don't blame you guys for pronouncing it wrong, but my username is actually my first initial and last name, Scafe (long A, silent E, pronounced like Scaif if that helps).

I've used variations on my name as usernames on the Internet for years, and people always think I own a cafe. I wish! :)

drbekken
05-07-2012, 10:32 PM
Kudos to Mattydee!!! All the very best from docB in the near-arctic!!

glass
05-08-2012, 03:42 AM
Congrats Mattydee!! Thanks John for holding a great contest and congrats to everyone else for continuing on this weekly contests!! Hopefully we will get to week 52 on the year anniversary!!

Dougf
05-08-2012, 04:48 AM
Congrats Matt, and thanks John for a fun contest.

benjoeuke
05-08-2012, 06:21 AM
Congrats Matty! you earned it... Thanks again OldPharte, I had so much fun with this one! if you are ever in Cali come on over and have a beer in the 'man-cave' and I'll show you how I got that tone with my mainland tenor and a 1949 Masco PA head :)

SailQwest
05-08-2012, 10:32 AM
Congrats, Matty! And thanks, John, for hosting this one. I love me some blues!

I really enjoyed the vids that I saw (way too few as life got in the way, as it so often does). I hope there will be a lot more "seasons" contests. I'm enjoying watching, and hope to participate in some more as well.

The Ukelites
05-08-2012, 11:43 AM
Congrats Matt! Lots of fun with the dolphin!
Dear John, you've been a really great host! And such a tease ;)

glass
05-08-2012, 03:41 PM
Here's my entry. It's a work in progress. I'm overwhelmed by the sheer talent displayed this week. I will be displaying no such talent. It's been a goal of mine to learn the blues on ukulele for a while. If it were another week perhaps I could have spent the time necessary to put something nice together. But, as I mention in the song, "I ain't got no time to practice".

By the way, this is my first original song. I've never written a song before but this came together in like five minutes. Enjoy, warts and all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEphFXmA9LA&list=UUwOfmPtmH0q5v_XIFVIWYsA&index=1&feature=plcp
I totally relate to this as a stay at home dad...on a side note just saw ukulele mike posted this on his Fb page, great job!