J. Goreham (jgoreham) wrote in icanplay,
J. Goreham

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I've been on a fairly hardcore ukulele kick in the past little while. I was away all labor day weekend, and wish I would've brought good ol' Yuki with me. But anyhoo.

I've been trying to learn some tablature that I printed up late last school year and pretty much ignored over the summer because at the time, it was way more advanced than I was.

The first was Avril Lavigne's "Complicated". "Complicated" is the second track on Avril Lavigne's debut album, released in the year of 2002. As far as I can tell, Avril Lavigne penned this song, though I've no idea just how involved she is in her music. I just like her junk that hits the top 40 lists. I feel I've made some progress in playing this tune; however, every time I play it for my room mate kaalyynn, she tells me that it sounds more like a track from the "Kill Bill Vol. 1" Soundtrack (apparently, they have the same chord progression), so that got pretty frustrating pretty quickly. I've put it on the back burner in the meantime. Even singing the song doesn't convince her that it's actually Avril Lavigne. Boo-urns, kaalyynn. For those interested, I got the tablature from the website Ukulele Boogaloo: http://www.alligatorboogaloo.com/uke/tabs/021220.html

The second is "Man of Constant Sorrow" from the motion picture "O Brother Where Art Thou?". "Man of Constant Sorrow" was actually originally published (performed?) by a man named Richard Burnett in 1913, and has been performed by artists like the Stanley Brothers. It was performed in more recent history by Bob Dylan in 1962 (well, not *that* recently) and this performance is allegedly more similar to the "O Brother Where Art Thou?" version of the song. This information can be found at the following web document: http://www.dylanchords.com/01_bobdylan/man_of_constant_sorrow.htm This is going a little better for me, as it's chords that I'd already familiarized myself with thanks to "Complicated", only less of them. I'm having a hard time trying to figure out what my strumming should be like. For me, that's the hardest part of these zany stringed instruments. I'd only started playing this song tonight, so I'm not quite ready to play it for anybody, but in a few days or a week or so, I should be feeling a little more confident. The tablature for this song is available from the folks at good ol' ezfolk, which I've found to be a good resource: http://www.ezfolk.com/uke/songs/man_of_cs/man_of_cs.html

In other news, I recently-ish bought a felt pick to save my fingers a little bit from uke practice.

I hate the felt pick. Picks are evil, and I've not yet developed any madd pick skillz.
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