Open mic performance

Our group broke through the performance barrier last night at the Criterion Hotel open mic night! Here we are boogieing to our set of three songs:

  1. I’ll Tell Me Ma
  2. Storm Boy
  3. Pacific Ocean

The Cri’s Thursday evening open mics have attracted goodly turnouts of punters and talented performers. Ukulelians may want to consider a play along with 4StringsGood upstairs before coming down to enjoy the music…

I’ll Tell Me Ma

Here is a fun old traditional Irish tune that can be played as gentle or as raucous as you like it.  And like all the best tunes it’s only got three chords.

You are probably familiar with it, but if you aren’t, here is Sinead O’Conner’s version:

 

I’ll Tell Me Ma

Barre chords

Sore hand and wrist muscles playing barre chords? Tonight the group practised barre chord techniques. We played around with ways to barre all four strings in ways that cause minimal stress and strain. Namely, we keep relaxed and take advantage of gravity! See tutorial by Stu Fuchs below:

Here is an exercise from Ukester Brown to help you develop barre chord fluidity while sounding cool at the same time. Don’t forget to relax and let that hand fall!

Ukester Brown – Kickball (a fun way to practise barre chords)

Ukester Brown – Kickball (video tutorial)