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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Amazing Grace-Tin Whistle

Just thought I'd give this a go on my cheapo tin whistle, which is technically a toy-made by Schylling.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Tanglewood and JHS Spongebob uke comparison

Just a little video showing the sound differences between these two ukes. The Spongebob uke, which was bought for my son,  is a soprano sized instrument made by John Hornby Skewes,  who also own the Vintage range of guitars, and it isn't half bad for a kids' uke! And my Tanglewood is a concert size.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Let It Be, ukulele

Well it's been a while since I posted here, and almost a year since I recorded any of my uke playing!
So here's a rough attempt at Let It Be by the Beatles.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

And then there were 3!

Yesterday I was sent a Yamaha Alto recorder, as a gift, and it's so nice sounding. Nicer than the soprano and much easier to play than the tenor.

Friday, September 16, 2016

My recorder gets company!

After watching countless youtube recorder videos I decided I preferred the sound of the bigger instruments and after much deliberation I bought a tenor. Like my soprano it's made by Aulos but in the more traditional brown and cream colour scheme. First impressions are it's very hard to play. In fact at first I struggled to get a note out of it but I persevered, watching videos on correct posture and breathing, as well as hand stretching exercises. The tenor is a big instrument,  twice the size of the soprano and this model has no levers. I decided to go for a keyless model as I heard that on cheaper instruments they are easily broken. Now, I say cheaper but in the right hands, i.e. not mine, the sound of the 211 is fantastic, rich and warm. Much more flute like, whereas the soprano is more like a whistle in the high registers.  The tenor sounds woody.

And here it is next to its smaller cousin.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Mary Had a Little Lamb-recorder

I followed basic  instructions from a website, and had a go at a simple tune. I also watched a couple of Sarah Jeffreys videos on youtube-they really help. And are a bit of a laugh.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Got myself a recorder!

Picked up one of these yesterday from J.G.Windows in the town, an Aulos descant recorder. Now I just need time and an empty house to re-learn it and prove that the recorder is not just a kiddies squonk horn!