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  1. Mark Suszko

    My Squeaky metal-wrapped Low G drives me crazy- solutions?

    My fingers aren't sticky; the callus on my index catches against the wire wrapping of the low G string in the barred-chord-heavy style I like to play. this is not a problem with any of the nylon strings, just the wire-wound one.
  2. Mark Suszko

    My Squeaky metal-wrapped Low G drives me crazy- solutions?

    I'm not loving that idea. in terms of changing my technique I resist that because I like a lot of jazzy-sounding slides.
  3. Mark Suszko

    My Squeaky metal-wrapped Low G drives me crazy- solutions?

    I love playing low G on my concerts and tenors using the copper-infused Aquilla red strings. But recently was gifted a new Kala and it came with a wire-wrapped low G string. I've had it a week, and I know it's partly my technique but the squeak is just annoying me no end and getting on my...
  4. Mark Suszko

    Tips for singing/playing

    This is maybe getting a little off-topic, but there are different styles for making the cheat sheets/chord sheets. The one I prefer puts the chord right above the spot where you intend to play it, and makes the font bold so it stands out more. If the chord has to happen before the lyric, you...
  5. Mark Suszko

    Tips for singing/playing

    I don't know that my advice works for anyone but myself, but here goes... First, know the song intimately and that means you play it over and over on headphones as if the CIA is using the recording to break you for interrogation. Listen actively to the track, listen for just the drums, listen...
  6. Mark Suszko

    Papa's Got A Brand New Bag ( and an old microphone) uke cover by Mark Suszko

    I went to Harbor Freight and bought a cheap pistol box for this mic and its cord: the pick-apart foam liner lets you customize the shape pretty well. About ten bucks, I wanna say. When I ran out of vinyl mic bags for my stick mics, I found that pencil cases from the school supplies section of...
  7. Mark Suszko

    Papa's Got A Brand New Bag ( and an old microphone) uke cover by Mark Suszko

    They never stopped being popular. The connector, not so much:-)
  8. Mark Suszko

    Papa's Got A Brand New Bag ( and an old microphone) uke cover by Mark Suszko

    I scored an early 50's Shure 55S mic at the local pawn shop for a bargain price, because it had the old incompatible type connector that scared off all the other shoppers. I rehabbed the mic internally with new shock mounts, an XLR adaptor, and period-correct blue windscreening and decided I...
  9. Mark Suszko

    Parliament UKe-A- Delic: A funky uke cover of "We Want the Funk"

    Baby steps, man, baby steps... If you look closely, some are having difficulty playing sustained barred chords. This can sometimes indicate your string action is too high and tight; correct action means you need much less finger pressure to make and hold a chord, so if you play along with this...
  10. Mark Suszko

    Parliament UKe-A- Delic: A funky uke cover of "We Want the Funk"

    Play along: bar the 4th fret, go to barred second fret and back up..repeat. On the chorus, it's fourth fret down to first fret and immediately back up to second fret. And then we went back to playing "Wagon Wheel"" "I'll Fly Away", and "Froggy Went A-Courtin'"... But I had my moment of...
  11. Mark Suszko

    Parliament UKe-A- Delic: A funky uke cover of "We Want the Funk"

    My uke club is pretty conservative; they have never heard of Parliament or "We Want The Funk". I had to fix that. Watch them learn and play in realtime as we take them from folky to funky in three minutes. I think they did a great job! What do you say? Missionary work can be very rewarding:-)
  12. Mark Suszko

    Bowie's "Heroes" uke cover by BB Ross & The Happy Accidents.

    That was a hard one to do, logistically: It started in late September with recruiting and hiring two adult dancers for the couple, that took weeks to arrange, and between one and then the other of them getting covid and going into quarantine, the shoot date kept slipping later and later, until...
  13. Mark Suszko

    Bowie's "Heroes" uke cover by BB Ross & The Happy Accidents.

    You might want to check out my cover of "Let's Dance". I kinda pulled out the stops for that video and hired dancers.
  14. Mark Suszko

    Bowie's "Heroes" uke cover by BB Ross & The Happy Accidents.

    Here's that Rolling Stones cover/ mash-up that was ruined and re-born and started me on this path:
  15. Mark Suszko

    Bowie's "Heroes" uke cover by BB Ross & The Happy Accidents.

    BTW; how our band got it's name: We were doing a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" and our then-bassist started getting out of phase with where he was supposed to play in his pattern. I took that raw video home and thought the song was ruined, but then I played with it some more and I...
  16. Mark Suszko

    Bowie's "Heroes" uke cover by BB Ross & The Happy Accidents.

    That's a great song but I've already done it. Love Nick Lowe. Love Elvis Costello. This cover was my farewell to the SOTU contests;
  17. Mark Suszko

    Bowie's "Heroes" uke cover by BB Ross & The Happy Accidents.

    Got a song to suggest for next time? Or at least, an artist or genre'?
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