Ukulele cruise to the Amazon River

 

Not really. It’s actually a cruise to the Amazon River leaving Bristol on 5 January 2017. The itinerary is shown here: https://www.cruiseandmaritime.com/cruise/p702/amazon-west-indies-azores

However, a friend of mine from Cambridgeshire – Peter Crush – is continuing his cruise career (along with his lovely wife, Lynda)  teaching the ukulele to fellow passengers.

I have mentioned to him that I intend to take my Beaver Creek guitalele with me instead of the usual uke so need to get around to learning how to play it. Part of this learning entails learning the guitar to learn chord shapes as the same shapes are used on both but making different chords. For example, the G on a guitar is a C on the guitalele.

So have had to buy a guitar and chose one similar to this –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fender-Sonoran-SCE-Acoustic-Guitar/dp/B002CVX3J0/ref=pd_sbs_267_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=GN6PVSPME2TA4J1CK4MD

May even take this on the cruise as well.

 

Newcastle Ukulele Fest update

After many months trying to get the local council to respond to me tried again this week. Guess what? Success.

Had a brilliant thought when sending my latest email – I copied in 2 local councillors to see if this changed my luck. And surprisingly(?) it did. Within hours had received an email from Cllr Elizabeth Shenton (Leader of the Council / Portfolio Holder – Policy, People and Partnerships),  and Matt Taylor (Newcastle-under-Lyme BID Manager).

Will be emailing them next week to see what we can do.

Strumstick ukulele

 

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Strumstick uke

 

 

When in Canada a few weeks ago I saw a ‘Strumstck’ in a music shop in Corner Brook (see below). This is a 3-stringed instrument (tuned D-A-D) and supposedly great for the musically inept (meaning me, probably!) so thought I’d give it a try. Still trying to find time to do so.

However, when I looked at their website I discovered that they produced a ukulele version of this instrument – shown here on the right.

This instrument attempts to take the uke back to its origins of being steel strung gCEA tuning. It produces a wonderful sound.

Hopefully over the next few weeks will upload a video of me playing it. But for the time being will be taking it to the next local acoustic night to have a play.

These instruments are available on Amazon.

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Strumstick