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    Default 25th Season of the Ukulele - the real version

    Here it is, the 25th Season of the Ukulele



    The Challenge
    Learn and sing a train song. It can be a song about a train or a song where a train/railway/railroad features in some way.

    Alternatively take a poem about the railways and write an original tune to make it a song or write an original song and sing it.

    Parameters-
    Video must be a new creation

    It must feature ukulele as the main instrument but other instruments welcome.

    I will modify the single track/no overdubs rule this week. If you have videos or photos of trains, you can fade these in after at least 30 seconds showing you playing ukulele but they should be your own work and not taken from the web or elsewhere. The audio track must still be a single take with no overdubs.

    All instruments welcome, Ukulele must be central.

    bonus tracks definitely encouraged.

    You need to tell us that your video is for the 25th season of the Ukulele at the beginning of it.

    ...and a plea: Please include the title of your song in the title of your video, don't just title it "25th season of the ukulele". It really helps when I listen to an unfamiliar song. Remember, songs that may be familiar in the US may not be familiar elsewhere and vice versa.

    Judging-
    This time, you will be the judges. Everyone who enters a video will be able to take part in the judging. I will explain how it will work towards the end of the week, but basically I will ask you to send me your choices for the best three entries after the week has ended and I will give points to your choices to arrive at a winner.

    +3 bonus points for an original tune to a poem or an original song.

    Prizes-
    1st prize: Fremont ukulele clip hanger – stand that clips to your mic stand or music stand.

    2nd Prize: Pub Prop – ukulele hanger that clips to a table.

    3rd Prize: Rhythm Ring – slips over your finger to give a rhythmic accompaniment as you strum. You'll have seen me , among others, use one on videos.

    Deadline
    The competition ends at midnight on Sunday 12th August Hawaii time. That's 11am Monday 13th August UK time (currently GMT+1)

    Enjoy yourselves this week and lets see lots of great vidoes.

    Geoff
    Last edited by Tootler; 08-04-2012 at 01:43 PM. Reason: To add the deadline for the end of this season.
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    I have several ukuleles in various sizes and am not planning on getting any more...

    at least, not yet.

    I also play some blowy things and a squeezy thing

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    Excellent set-up, Geoff! You'll get lots of entries.

    And bravo for thinking of a new way for "judging." It will be sort of like the Applause-o-Meter on the 1950s show, "Queen for a Day."

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    Quote Originally Posted by wee_ginga_yin View Post
    Bless her Cotton socks!!!


    (wouldn't accept my reply with just a smiley )
    Geoff Walker

    I have several ukuleles in various sizes and am not planning on getting any more...

    at least, not yet.

    I also play some blowy things and a squeezy thing

    Internet:
    You Tube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TootlinGeoff
    Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/tootlingeoff

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    here we go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tootler View Post
    ...and a plea: Please include the title of your song in the title of your video, don't just title it "25th season of the ukulele". It really helps when I listen to an unfamiliar song. Remember, songs that may be familiar in the US may not be familiar elsewhere and vice versa.

    Geoff
    Hey Geoff - I think the reason a lot of us avoid putting the title in the YouTube upload is to avoid the copyright police on YouTube. I know that's why I avoid using the song title unless it is one of my originals or a traditional that's public domain.

    Awesome you stepping up this way and this is one week I shouldn't have any problem with - I wrote a train song recently and haven't recorded it yet so this works out really sweet!

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    I like your judging idea, I was planning on doing something similar for the 27th season. All aboard!

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    Man oh man why did I spend so much time over on the train song thread...oh well, looks like I am going to learn a few more...GREAT THEME Tootler!
    Gotta agree with John on titles though-I leave them off because YouTube will yank them quick. Can we put them in the thread reply instead?

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    uh oh. I hope I don't get yanked!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldePhart View Post
    Hey Geoff - I think the reason a lot of us avoid putting the title in the YouTube upload is to avoid the copyright police on YouTube. I know that's why I avoid using the song title unless it is one of my originals or a traditional that's public domain.

    Awesome you stepping up this way and this is one week I shouldn't have any problem with - I wrote a train song recently and haven't recorded it yet so this works out really sweet!

    JOhn
    Quote Originally Posted by TCK View Post
    Man oh man why did I spend so much time over on the train song thread...oh well, looks like I am going to learn a few more...GREAT THEME Tootler!
    Gotta agree with John on titles though-I leave them off because YouTube will yank them quick. Can we put them in the thread reply instead?
    Putting them in the thread is fine. In fact good idea. Just as long as you tell me somewhere the title of the song. You can announce it in the video, if you like.

    Copyright seems to work differently for you and us. So far, <touch wood> I've had no major problems. I occasionally get a note saying someone has claimed copyright but all that happens is ads appear in the video. If the song is public domain, which many of mine are, I contact them and tell them and up till now they have removed the copyright claim.

    I do know others have had problems, though.

    By the way, OldePhart, I'm looking forward to hearing your song.
    Last edited by Tootler; 08-04-2012 at 01:53 PM.
    Geoff Walker

    I have several ukuleles in various sizes and am not planning on getting any more...

    at least, not yet.

    I also play some blowy things and a squeezy thing

    Internet:
    You Tube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TootlinGeoff
    Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/tootlingeoff

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