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29 December 2014

The "Dead Hand" Ukulele Tuning

You might be forgiven for thinking that I've gone off ukuleles. Not true! It's just that everything has its ebb and flow. Most recently I've been captivated by my banjo and I'm having a lot of fun discovering how to make it sing. As part of this, I've discovered a new tuning that I'm calling the "Dead Hand" tuning. Today's post will give you a feel for what the "Dead Hand" tuning sounds like on ukulele. I think that this might just well spark the birth of a new era in ukulele history! Remember: you read it here first! Ha ha.

First of all, let's get the boring bit out of the way. The picture above shows you all the notes on the fretboard when you tune your uke to "Dead Hand" tuning.

The strings need to be tuned: D - F# - A - D

You may recognise this as a variant of open D tuning because this is what it is. ;-)

28 December 2014

King Uke & Jed - SNEAK PEEK!

I'm pleased to give you a sneak peek of a couple of the songs that have sprung out of a musical collaboration I'm currently working on. Finally you can hear for yourself what I've been up to!

I'm really interested to get some feedback. This is where you come in! Drop me and +stephen jedlicka a comment and let us know what you think. Let's see if you can spur us on to bigger and better things!

This musical collaboration started a couple of months ago and has suffered all the usual challenges of long distance music sharing; Stephen is in the US and I'm based in the UK. The difference in timezones and busy lives has pretty much limited us to chatting via email. It's not easy to get ideas across this way, but I'm really pleased with how this is all coming together. The music style is a bit of a departure for Stephen, but he's adding a new dimension that I love. It's a real pleasure for me to work with someone with such an obvious talent. In fact, we've even talked about bringing a few more collaborators into the mix, so watch this space. Anything can happen!

26 December 2014

How to ground an electric bass guitar

It's been a while since I've done a "How to" post. Today I remedy this as I try to fix my ailing bass guitar...

I borrowed this guitar about 8 years ago from an old school friend. It belonged to his brother who has never asked for it back  :-D

It's a full-size Hohner Rockwood LX90B and is a fairly true copy of the original Fender Precision Bass it is modelled after. The difference is that the Rockwood (if you can find them anymore) retails at about a tenth of the price of the Fenders.

"My" one has a number of issues including the fact that the machine heads rattle when played. You can see above that I've taped them to stop it. The biggest problem however is a grounding issue which seems to be getting worse. This week I've had a go at fixing this problem, so It seems only right that I share some of my adventures with you.

21 December 2014

Merry Crimbo!

This year has been a bit of a blur for me. I've been indulging in all sort of things; some of which I've been sharing with you on this blog. I usually do an end of year round-up, but I don't think I'll manage one this time round. Instead, I'll give you a quick update and wish you a merry Crimbo. Have a great one!

Tis the season to watch old films. I dug out Holiday Inn last week. It's not a great film, but it does have it's moments. Personally, the racial stereotypes and undertones ruin it for me. But look at the lovely Marjorie Reynolds... what's not to like about her?

Next on the Christmas to-watch list is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Can't wait!