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    I'm a guitarist still getting used to the ukulele - I thought I'd play a few things I've been practising recently, but of course, things didn't go quite to plan.

    Featuring (eventually) my own arrangements of:
    To be with you - Mr Big
    Romeo & Juliet - Dire Straits

    The final versions are a little rough around the edges, but I hope you enjoy the process...

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    HaHa! We've all been there my friend. I've cursed and sworn at my ukes, guitars and yes, pianos, sooooooo many times over the years I've lost count.
    I always seem to play things REASONABLY well until I press the 'record' button after which I can't seem to do anything right!
    The finished result was good though, so well done for sticking with it.
    I think you'll get the hang of these smaller instruments quite quickly.
    I'll pop over now and take a look at your YouTube channel...
    Luv n stuff, Dave

    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1N...SLlEsi_kIIi4zg

    * GUITARS
    Freshman Apollo 6 string electro acoustic
    50yr old EKO RANGER 12 string
    American Fender Stratocaster deluxe
    American Gibson SG Special
    Harley Benton TE-40 TBK Deluxe (Telecaster)
    Ibanez GSR200 BASS

    * UKES
    Ozark 2035 banjole
    Kmise tenor banjole
    Cordoba 22T-CE Tenor
    Kala KA-CE electro acoustic

    * OTHERS
    Kawai KM-10 Grand piano & Technics KN-2000 keyboard

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    Ah,the "observed " effect,or the "red light syndrome".....still go there evry time I press record.

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    Many of us are just too scared to record ourselves and publish it for all the world to see. What if we could all appreciate the guts to do that a bit more. Maybe we would grow in confidence to do just that. Therefore, a pat on your back or shoulder

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Bean View Post
    Many of us are just too scared to record ourselves and publish it for all the world to see. What if we could all appreciate the guts to do that a bit more. Maybe we would grow in confidence to do just that. Therefore, a pat on your back or shoulder
    Count me in on this. Although from what I have seen this is one of the most non judgemental, ready to help groups I have seen. Having said that Let's see what excuses I can come up with. I need to lose 30 pounds before recording my self, no, make that 40 because the camera adds 10 pounds. All my shirts clash with my UKE, They might not like what I play, I might get banned, the excuses go on and on. However, my wife is taking guitar lesson as a real noob and we are both on social security. Teacher encouraged me to play with a group at church that goes to a nursing home once a month. Maybe that is the first step to overcoming red light syndrome. Kudos to ionian. Thanks.

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    Thanks for all the comments everyone. I didn't plan to make this kind of video but, watching the footage when editing, it was a bit of a car crash and I thought it'd bring a smile to those of us who know how it is.

    You can't worry about how you look - only you worry about it, everyone else just knows it as you. I am bald with an incandescent head, fat, and I sing like a choir boy despite my aging years. But I'm the only one who notices.
    Last edited by ionian; 01-15-2020 at 07:17 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Bean View Post
    Many of us are just too scared to record ourselves and publish it for all the world to see. What if we could all appreciate the guts to do that a bit more. Maybe we would grow in confidence to do just that. Therefore, a pat on your back or shoulder
    I can understand this. I've been very lucky. When I retired I decided to get back into enjoying playing my guitars and having a good old sing even though I'm not really a 'singist'. I 'performed' at a few open mic nights. I also took up trying to learn the ukulele; an instrument I'd always admired but never played. I was lucky to find UU very soon after, and our members here have always been both kind and supportive towards anything I've posted. I started my youtube channel which now has well over 100 videos on it, and most of my subscribers there also leave kind and supporting comments, encouraging my efforts.

    There ARE of course web sites and groups that seem to attract members who seem to be there JUST to slate the efforts of others. I've been to them and left them. Most of the rude, derogatory comments were coming from people who don't play a note themselves (I have a relation who's a prime example of that and who gives me a hard time every time he sees something I've done) or people who boost their own egos by belittling the skills and/or efforts of others. You'll soon find out the good from the bad, and which sites to avoid.

    However, I accepted a long time ago that not everyone would like what I do. Even the musical greats have their detractors who don't like their music, and that's fine - we ARE all individuals after all. It would be boring if we all liked the same things, and there would be no diversity, no variety, every 'artiste' (Haha...'artiste'....me? I'm a fat, bald guy with a guitar who likes making a noise! lol) would sound similar to everyone else around. Playing for ourselves is great fun. Performing to others - especially when they've enjoyed what we do - is a real buzz, so I would encourage anyone who currently doesn't record and show themselves to give it a go when they feel ready.

    Do what you do because you enjoy it. As musicians (of whatever level) we have to toughen up and accept that others will either like what we do or they won't, we have no control over that, but most genuine lovers of music and playing - and THEY'RE the one's who matter - will support you and encourage you in your journey offering constructive criticism and feedback where necessary. There are guys and girls all over the world who play. They are all kinds of ages, shapes and sizes, and all at differing levels of ability, but we are ALL bonded by our love of making music.

    It CAN be difficult, but we need to learn to ignore those who are unnecessarily rude towards us and (as Sid James would've said) 'Carry On Regardless' because we can't let them spoil our enjoyment of what we do. If we do, we give them a power over us we don't need them to have.

    Please give it a go. We'd love to see and hear anyone who enjoys making music, and you certainly couldn't have a nicer or safer platform for your fist efforts into recording than here on UU.

    Sorry for my lengthy waffle above, but this is something I feel so strongly about....x
    Last edited by S11LKO; 01-16-2020 at 11:12 PM.
    Luv n stuff, Dave

    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1N...SLlEsi_kIIi4zg

    * GUITARS
    Freshman Apollo 6 string electro acoustic
    50yr old EKO RANGER 12 string
    American Fender Stratocaster deluxe
    American Gibson SG Special
    Harley Benton TE-40 TBK Deluxe (Telecaster)
    Ibanez GSR200 BASS

    * UKES
    Ozark 2035 banjole
    Kmise tenor banjole
    Cordoba 22T-CE Tenor
    Kala KA-CE electro acoustic

    * OTHERS
    Kawai KM-10 Grand piano & Technics KN-2000 keyboard

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    Quote Originally Posted by ionian View Post
    I am bald with an incandescent head, fat, and I sing like a choir boy despite my aging years. But I'm the only one who notices.
    HaHa! I can sooooo identify with THAT myself mate! I always think of myself as George Clooney...until I pass a mirror! lol
    Luv n stuff, Dave

    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1N...SLlEsi_kIIi4zg

    * GUITARS
    Freshman Apollo 6 string electro acoustic
    50yr old EKO RANGER 12 string
    American Fender Stratocaster deluxe
    American Gibson SG Special
    Harley Benton TE-40 TBK Deluxe (Telecaster)
    Ibanez GSR200 BASS

    * UKES
    Ozark 2035 banjole
    Kmise tenor banjole
    Cordoba 22T-CE Tenor
    Kala KA-CE electro acoustic

    * OTHERS
    Kawai KM-10 Grand piano & Technics KN-2000 keyboard

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