Ryan

Ryan
Ryan commented on: First Class Breakdown of 2nd Chorus Jan 03, 2018

I love the sound of the lower end this 1st position stuff, although this lesson has made realise that my 3 hole bends are still a work in progress.

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Jan 03, 2018

They are for everybody! One of the most difficult things about the harp...

Ryan
Ryan commented on: The Cuckoo Bird - Uke Chords, Rhythm and Fingerpicking Dec 29, 2017

Thanks for the suggestions and encouragement, I will keep at it. 

Ryan
Ryan commented on: The Cuckoo Bird - Uke Chords, Rhythm and Fingerpicking Dec 13, 2017

Hi Dan,

Great lesson and I love the song choice.

I was working on your version a while ago, I came back to the song yesterday and it has now morphed into something a bit different.

 

Ryan

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Dec 27, 2017

hey there Ryan!

wow...this is so great, man. I love the way you made it your own.

the picking is super solid and if you want a suggestion for where to go from here one thing would be to incorporate some hammer-ons and pull offs. the Dm chord has some good possibilities for pull-offs and the C chord has easy possibilities for hammer-on / pull-offs. It could be cool to make a solo section that goes through the changes...

really good work, man!

and i like the singing a lot too...the confidence comes through....

happy musical new year!

yr pal,

dan

Ryan
Ryan Dec 29, 2017

Thanks for the suggestions and encouragement, I will keep at it. 

Ryan
Ryan commented on: Up Above My Head - Uke Fingerpicking Nov 14, 2017

Hi Dan, 

That video helps, and I will work on the timing/phrasing this week.

I think the key change helped, here is a quick version that I tried after I tunned my uke up a step.

Thanks, 

Ryan

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Nov 15, 2017

hey there Ryan!

yeah man....sounding good!

see if you can dig into the phrasing a bit more and count along the way i was in the video.

the good news is that there are no wrong answers! i like the videos to check progress so keep them coming!

yr pal,

dan

Ryan
Ryan commented on: Up Above My Head - Uke Fingerpicking Nov 08, 2017

Hi Dan, thanks for taking the time to reply and make a video.

I think I will spend a bit more time working and singing with your video and I will also try playing I in the lower key that you suggest.

I will let you know if there is any progress.

***i was having problems uploading videos, it seemed to take forever and nothing happened. I fixed it by changing the file name for the video, I don't think SJ likes certain types of file names***

Ryan
Ryan commented on: Up Above My Head - Uke Fingerpicking Oct 31, 2017

This is where I am at with the singing/prasing and uke playing, singing is new to me and I am still trying to find my voice.  

I think I am singing lower that what you were in the video, so I don't know if that means I am flat or just out of key.  I can sing a bit higher when I sing along with the video, but it feels more natural for me to sing a bit lower when I do sing it by myself. 

Any thoughts or ideas?

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Nov 05, 2017

hey there ryan!

i love your playing on this one. i want to take another few minutes to look at it and think of a clear answer for your question about singing.

i'm going to get back to you asap but didn't want to see another day go by without saying that i really appreciate your playing on this one...and i think you're closer than you think with the singing!

back soon...

yr pal,

dan

 

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Nov 07, 2017

hey there ryan....

i had a chance to listen with more thought to the vocals. i see that you're not quite where you might want to be as far as matching the way i do it. however, what you're doing is pretty great! i'm going to post a video that illustrates how you could count the song and that should help with phrasing. as far as the lower register you're singing in it's a harmony part and quite cool i think. keep experimenting though...if you can sing along with my version you have enough range. other wise you could transpose and use Em, Am, G and B7 chords instead of Dm, Gm, F, and A7....that way you'd be in a low range but not AS low...

ok, let me make this video.....

you're doing really well though, man...i love your style!

yr pal,

dan

Ryan
Ryan commented on: Up Above My Head - Uke Fingerpicking Oct 01, 2017

I am working on this today, the phrasing of the singing is the most difficuilt part for me.

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Oct 10, 2017

hey there ryan!

ok, this is a common situation. not even a problem, just a challenge that many of us face along the way.

i'm guessing that you're pretty cool with the guitar playing. if that is the case why don't you try and sing it without the guitar? handclaps are a good way to keep it grounded (or a metronome). once you feel comfortable stir in the guitar but go one line at a time over and over until you're comfortable.

and don't be hard on yourself! just stay with it.

let me know if this helps.....

good luck, cousin!

dan

Ryan
Ryan commented on: Big Boss Man Backing Track Nov 23, 2014

Having fun with the jam track.

Ryan
Ryan commented on: Next Time You See Me Backing Track Nov 23, 2014

Ryan
Ryan commented on: Help Me Jam with Rick Nov 09, 2014

 Messing about with the jam track, I am going to work on this one for a bit.

jon
jon Dec 14, 2015

Ryan,

I may be over a year late, but brilliant stuff mate!  You've inspired me to pick up my harp and have another go at jerry's lessons.

 
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