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Ken Middleton
05-19-2013, 10:04 PM
HOW TO MAKE UKULELE MUSIC SOUND SAD

Here's how I do it.

1. Play it slower than you feel you want to.
2. Sing deeply and breathily.
3. Put a croak in your voice, like you're on the verge of tears.
4. Sound like you know what the song means.
5. Leave some silences.
6. Put in a dainty little counter-melody.
7. Don't play too many notes.
8. Pick a song about sickness or premature death.
9. Sing quietly and get close to the microphone.
10. Don't ever smile or laugh.

Not entirely serious - but it works.


http://youtu.be/MDbLJZOONaU

Hippie Dribble
05-19-2013, 10:58 PM
Really lovely Ken, beautiful performance mate. Shame you ruined it by smiling at the end...he he :p

One more?

11. Use a minor key :)

SonSprinter
05-19-2013, 11:01 PM
Good thread/point. Isn't there a way to weave into you chord progression like minor chords or something.

There are probabaly better examples, but like thowing in a Dm (which is in contruft, but not definition, a F with a d) right as you finish playing an F chord.

Ken Middleton
05-19-2013, 11:10 PM
... Shame you ruined it by smiling at the end...he he ...

It was barely a smile though. More of a look of deep melancholy really.


... Isn't there a way to weave into you chord progression like minor chords or something ...

Yes, you are right. You can certainly do that. I am just trying to show that major chords aren't necessarily happy. Some of the saddest songs (like Abide With Me or The Minstrel Boy) use mainly major chords.

mm stan
05-20-2013, 12:48 AM
Aloha Ken,
Glad to see you posting again in the Uke talk....wondered where you have been....I see you been to the dark side, with these sad songs...hee hee
....enjoyed the video......thank you for sharing...

BlueLatitude
05-20-2013, 03:12 AM
That was nice. I liked the bit at the end -- very pretty.

(But I always thought The Minstrel Boy was quite a jolly little ditty.)

Ken Middleton
05-20-2013, 03:23 AM
Aloha Ken,
Glad to see you posting again in the Uke talk....wondered where you have been....I see you been to the dark side...hee hee
Hope you did not lose a friend....enjoyed the video......thank you for sharing...

I haven't been anywhere, Stan. Too often I am away at festivals and trade fairs though.

Ken Middleton
05-20-2013, 03:26 AM
... But I always thought The Minstrel Boy was quite a jolly little ditty.

It is often sung fast and jolly. But it is a seriously grim song in parts.

BlueLatitude
05-20-2013, 03:35 AM
It is often sung fast and jolly. But it is a seriously grim song in parts.

This is true. I was just being silly. We played it as a pretty fast march when I was in a pipe band but it didn't really go with the lyrics at all.