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TJ Uke
06-18-2013, 11:40 AM
Hi all!

Here's an attempt I took at this challenging arrangement.


http://youtu.be/3_Vo-LaeIDM

Got my first tenor uke a few days ago and thought this would sound nice on it :-D

Uncle Rod Higuchi
06-18-2013, 12:01 PM
nicely done.

John would have been proud to hear it!

keep uke'in',

BIGDB
06-18-2013, 12:04 PM
That was a great cover! How long did it take you to learn it?

TJ Uke
06-18-2013, 12:12 PM
nicely done.

John would have been proud to hear it!

keep uke'in',

Thank you! I've been a fan of his for some years but never really played uke. I had a cheap soprano for a while but sold that about 8 months ago. When I got a nice tenor as a gift a few days ago something clicked.


That was a great cover! How long did it take you to learn it?

Thanks!

I got the uke on Saturday and I started looking at it then or the next day.

Put in a stupid number of hours across those few days though, and you can see I don't play with the authority that comes with spending a lot of time knowing a piece.

pabrizzer
06-18-2013, 12:23 PM
Absolute SKILL sir.
Fantastic.
Loved the little head bang!

TJ Uke
06-18-2013, 12:33 PM
Absolute SKILL sir.
Fantastic.
Loved the little head bang!

Thank you!

My uke faces don't seem to be as bad as my guitar faces but old habits die hard :p

Camsuke
06-18-2013, 12:35 PM
Great work TJ, this one suits the uke perfectly.

TJ Uke
06-18-2013, 12:40 PM
Great work TJ, this one suits the uke perfectly.

Thanks, it isn't my own arrangement though:

http://www.nalu-music.com/?page_id=62

Newportlocal
06-18-2013, 02:07 PM
You did a great job. His video of that is one of my all time favorites. You did an incredibly good cover of it.:D

TJ Uke
06-18-2013, 02:37 PM
You did a great job. His video of that is one of my all time favorites. You did an incredibly good cover of it.:D

Really glad you think so!

I've flicked through his youtube at least once every fortnight for probably 2 or 3 years even without having a uke, thinking how I could take his adapted guitar technique back to guitar but electric - and separate phrases into 4-string blocks.

AKuker
06-18-2013, 03:13 PM
Fantastic, TJ! Thanks for sharing it with us.

itsme
06-18-2013, 03:43 PM
I had a cheap soprano for a while but sold that about 8 months ago. When I got a nice tenor as a gift a few days ago something clicked.

I got the uke on Saturday and I started looking at it then or the next day.

Put in a stupid number of hours across those few days though, and you can see I don't play with the authority that comes with spending a lot of time knowing a piece.
Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. You've only been playing that for a few days?

I had some years of classical guitar before I took up uke, another four years later I'm nowhere near your level. :o

Some of King's arrangements are indeed challenging, especially that far up the neck. He mainly played soprano, and sometimes his stretches are really hard on a tenor.

My hat's off to ya, TJ! Really awesome job and I look forward to more videos from you. :)

Hippie Dribble
06-18-2013, 09:59 PM
Amazing job TJ. I'm with itsme, the hat is off and the jaw is on the floor. Just wonderful mate.
:cheers:

TJ Uke
06-19-2013, 12:37 AM
Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. You've only been playing that for a few days?

I had some years of classical guitar before I took up uke, another four years later I'm nowhere near your level. :o

Some of King's arrangements are indeed challenging, especially that far up the neck. He mainly played soprano, and sometimes his stretches are really hard on a tenor.

My hat's off to ya, TJ! Really awesome job and I look forward to more videos from you. :)


Thank you, but I really did put silly hours in so it's not like "normal" practice. Plus the vid is like take 4 or 5 :p

I had nothing else to do for a few days!

I've just received King's "classical ukulele" book...

I may do some slightly less maniacal vids before I tackle any of these hahaha.

Thanks everyone for your kind comments, I always stress when I put up something new!

ukuleletim
06-19-2013, 03:31 AM
Very well done. I agree it takes silly hours of practice to play King's arrangements. But it is very satisfying, and especially this one. I usually start dusting off this one and Angels We Have Heard On High around October every year to get them ready for the holidays. Long live John King

TJ Uke
06-19-2013, 05:30 AM
Yeah, mostly crazy stuff.

Can sightread the first three pieces in the classical ukulele book and a bit of the chop waltz and then... uh oh.

seeso
06-19-2013, 07:55 AM
Man, that was great! :shaka:

TJ Uke
06-19-2013, 08:56 AM
Man, that was great! :shaka:

Thank you very much!

itsme
06-19-2013, 09:13 AM
Can sightread the first three pieces in the classical ukulele book and a bit of the chop waltz and then... uh oh.
I'd recommend Tony Mizen's books "Lute to Uke" and "Baroque Uke". Nice sounding arrangements and a bit easier overall than much of King's. :)

TJ Uke
06-19-2013, 11:12 AM
I'd recommend Tony Mizen's books "Lute to Uke" and "Baroque Uke". Nice sounding arrangements and a bit easier overall than much of King's. :)

They look really good...

I'm going to do this book first though.