Not much goes on here these days. Too busy playing the ukulele at the moment which is why i’ve started a new blog called “Ukenaut all about my ukulele explorations. See you over there, maybe.
I had a great time last night at the first session of the Moselele Ukulele Group – known as Moselele. No previous experience necessary, and I think that attitude was pretty much embraced. Top marks to @dazwright for organising us and to my fellow ukenauts for a fun time.
Thought I’d post a few more tracks from the Old Moseley Arms Bluegrass Jam. I didn’t go last week so these are from the 26 January.
Firstly, a standard, Sally Goodin, which I’m trying to learn so that’s the reason for posting this. As with all the tracks in this post I’m only playing backing on it. Maybe I’ll take a lead break next week.
Next up, a great song that regular, Peter, has been teaching us, Cold Sheets of Rain. No idea who wrote it but there’s a good version by the Hagars Mountain Boys on Spotify
Our version is better though.
And finally Flatt and Scruggs’ Foggy Mountain Breakdown.
Some of you might recognise this from the movie Bonnie and Clyde where it was used for the car chase. I think this is why a friend of mine calls banjo heavy bluegrass chase music.
Been a year since I posted anything. Oh well.
My favourite thing to do on a Tuesday evening is to go join in the Bluegrass Jam down at the Old Moseley Arms in Balsall Heath. It’s a friendly and relaxed scene in the upstairs room where a bunch of musicians sit around in a circle playing bluegrass tunes. I’ve been going along for a few weeks now, just chunking out chord on the mandolin. When I went a fortnight ago I plucked up the courage to take a short solo – known as taking a break on a tune I had learned, Cripple Creek.
You can hear my mandolin come in at around 38 seconds in for my break. I’m quite pleased with it. I got quite a buzz out of playing it and got some encouraging nods and positive comments from a few of the regulars which made me feel real good.
Now I need to get a few more tunes under my belt so I can do it again.
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I’m never too sure about this blog. It’s just a bit unstructured and without a real purpose other than a collection of stuff. I’m also not very good at posting to it very frequently so there’s not enough to bring casual readers back frequently enough. By the looks of my traffic it’s mainly people who’re picking it up via their RSS readers or some very specific searches that undoubtedly leave people disappointed by the lack of any useful content they were searching for.
So I’ve decided to have a crack at a daily blog where I post something about different song each day and where possible supply a link where people can hear it. I’m calling it “Tuna Day” because it amuses me.