While at the Port Townsend Ukulele Festival last weekend, I took a wonderful class by Danielle Ate The Sandwich on tips for recording for YouTube.
All of her advice was good and straight-forward and just what I needed. The process I’d developed for recording myself was certainly quite an affair and at sometimes a slog that would leave me exhausted and frustrated at the end. Seeing how easy it was to make decent video with even just a phone inspired me to find an open spot on the Fort Worden campus and make a video.
It’s the first piece I ever learned, over a decade ago. I’m pretty pleased with the result, and I look forward to making some more impromptu videos.
For those who’ve asked for it, here’s the tab: September in the Rain (Ukulele Tab). It’s not my arrangement – it’s based on the intro to the full song that I played in a group a long time ago that I reconstructed from memory.
Took some time this weekend to record this. It went a lot smoother than I anticipated, though it still needs some work.
For a while now I’ve wanted to record some videos of myself playing ukulele, both to keep tabs on my progress and to introduce some more slack key uke videos online. Now it’s true I’ve recorded some videos in the past, but I was never impressed with the video quality of my regular webcams. So this past week I finally found a HD camcorder I liked (the awesomely cheap Zoom Q2HD) and on Saturday I sat down to record.
These were all recorded on my Black Bear baritone ukulele, which I talk about in the first video. Enjoy!