Bachulele Minuet – the Video

Hi Friends,

Here is the music video that goes with my latest song, Bluesy Bach – Opus 3 “Bachulele Minuet”, a musical adventure that takes us into ukulele land. You can grab a high quality (320 kbps mp3 or flac file) from my Music Store page on my web site and even name your own price!  So thank you in advance for supporting independent music!  Or if you are into streaming, just listen on my Spotify artist page and Spotify will pay me a few cents.  You can also buy the song on Amazon.com.

Johann Sebastian Bach gave two notebooks of music to his wife, Anna Magdalena. The second notebook of 1725 contains a number of compositions from various composers of the time that were favorites of the Bach family. Included in the notebook is Menuett, BWV Anhang 114, popularly known as Minuet in G major, which has become the new focus of my attention in my ongoing “Bluesy Bach” series of recordings. This recording is my own unique approach to this piece which I hope you enjoy. By the way, during my research on this song I learned that for many years this Minuet (Menuette in French) was ascribed to JS Bach, however it is now attributed to Christian Petzold.

 

Bluesy Bach – Opus 3 (Bachulele Minuet)

Aloha my Bach Ohana!

My latest “Bluesy Bach” adventure takes us into ‘ukulele land with my release of my arrangement and recording of Bluesy Bach – Opus 3 (Bachulele Minuet).  You can grab a high quality (320 kbps mp3 or flac file) from my Music Store page, or if you are into streaming, just listen on Spotify on my artist page.  You can also buy the song on Amazon.com.

Johann Sebastian Bach gave two notebooks of music to his wife, Anna Magdalena. The second notebook of 1725 contains a number of compositions from various composers of the time that were favorites of the Bach family. Included in the notebook is Menuett, BWV Anhang 114, popularly known as Minuet in G major, which has become the new focus of my attention in my ongoing “Bluesy Bach” series of recordings. This recording is my own unique approach to this piece which I hope you enjoy.  By the way, during my research on this song I learned that for many years this Minuet (Menuette in French) was ascribed to JS Bach, however it is now attributed to Christian Petzold.

You might also want to check out the song “A Lover’s Concerto”, which was based on the Minuet in G major. The song was recorded by the girl group The Toys and reached number 2 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

 

White Christmas is Here – Watch This Video

I published my video to go along with my arrangement and recording of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” played in the awesome style of the vocal group The Drifters.

White Christmas Cover Art Rev. A_sml

This is a ukulele and string bass duet on White Christmas while thinking of all of our men and women in uniform serving America so far away from home.  See the Music Store to buy this song.

I’ve always loved the version done by The Drifters after I heard a clip of it on Home Alone when Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) realized his family woke up late and rushed off to the airport on their Christmas vacation without him.  So, with just a little internet research I discovered this had been a big hit for The Drifters for many years.

As I have been studying double bass for the last few years I was intrigued to see if I could create an arrangement of White Christmas that prominently features the bass in the style of Bill Pinkney, the bass singer in The Drifters.  After getting into it for a while I needed to find something for the 1st tenor part that Clyde McPhatter sang and I settled upon the fun, humble ukulele (or ‘ukulele as the Hawaiians say….).

A link to the video on YouTube is below.

Ukulele Bar Chords – F major form

Like I said, as I get the time to put these together I will share them with you.  Today’s chord du jour is the F major shape bar chord which has its root note on the second string, the E string as shown in the diagram below.  Have fun strumming!

Uke Bar Chords - Fmaj Form

Ukulele Bar Chords – A major form

Okay my ‘ukulele ‘ohana, here is my next installment of bar chords for the uke.  This one is using the open position form of the A major chord shape.  The diagram shows that you only bar the first and second strings with your first finger, but in practice I bar strings 1, 2 and 3 because that makes it easier to quickly change from for example Bb major to Bb minor.  I will share diagrams for some minor chord forms too once I get them completed.

Have you been using bar chords when you play the uke and how is it working for you?

Want to build your own ‘ukulele?  Check out my series on how I built my own cigar box uke.

Uke Bar Chords - Amaj Form

 

 

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