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Greg McVerry

Working on extending arpeggios

Remembering to play notes in order and when do go kick down the fret board too,


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Curl your
grasp around
  rhythm like
a dream breaking

  for it slips
away with
  light of first thought.

Greg McVerry

Power found
holding destinies
to sound birds
Wings beat
in percussive
  flicks of life
fit in fingers
  cutting against

Greg McVerry

@dogtrax @wentale I am sure he is already all over your jukebox but check out Willie K. Sadly passed earlier this year. Absolute beast and magician on both guitar and ukulele.

Greg McVerry

Fingers fold in
  familiar patterns
until arachnid
  ascend, then
descend on
fret board in
steady bends
clawing through

about getting fingers to find patterns that always existed

Greg McVerry

Trying Dire Wolf on the a slow swing but fast chord changes Struggling to get to the Bb from G and then to F in a four count,

Forget rsndom E thrown in for good measure. only really hit E with a Barre note,

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My Decemeber #ukulele songs #clmooc

The #ukulele underground curriculum has three course, but on top of the classes you work on two songs a week. Then drop those songs. Howver

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The underground curriculum has three course, but on top of the classes you work on two songs a week. Then drop those songs. Howver you mix in 1-2 older songs from previous weeks.

In December I worked on:

  • Waiting in Vane
  • Stand By Me
  • Friend of the Devil
  • Fire on the Mountain
  • Jambalya

Waiting in Vane

A good song simplified to a different key practice a 4/4 count. Being a Reggae tune I am starting the first verse on the 2nd count.


Stand By Me

This song is fun. Good practice singing and strumming to different rhythms because it is slow. Being C, Am, F, G, C it provides a good basis for other songs


Friend of the Devil

A Grateful Dead classic of only four chords. I struggle with the strumming pattern. A bit fast and an upstrum after the four beat. I so wanna finish on a 4 beat down strum. I often end up just with an ududud and trying to keep time with the 4/4 count.


Fire on the Mountain

Another easy Dead tune. Just two chords. I made myself a scale tent to practice B Major Mixolydian. Sounds so fresh, drips in srpring rain as a scale. I am also trying Barr chords here. Realized you need to be gentle not apply too much pressure.

This is another stum pattern I am trying to find. Struggiling a bit. Need to just keep practicing slow and move up the tempo.

Again finishes on an upstrum, but I think I need to drop the first two down strums with a bit more mojo.

There is a reason John MAyer fell in love with the Grateful Dead. Every song usually just a couple chords, no real progression, and just a scale. Yet you can go anywhere to places no one has traveled in spaces trampled on on for centuries.



A Hank Williams traditional. A eight note udud to practice. First song I really learned.


January Goals:

Arpeggios, Rolls, and Chunking. Time to hang with the right hand.

Week one songs: Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison and Guava Jelly by Bob Marley

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Listening to the Ka'au Crater Boys to ride on ocean of arpeggios as I harp on how you give just have to swim in the sounds you already have on the

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Oops then I remember I am still on Lesson 5 of 101 "Playing with Others"

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