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  • #60360
    The_Bumble_Bard
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    @muzikmama, despite that brutal week of blizzarding and minor calamity, I agree, I prefer being too cold over too hot. And I still love snow. Kinda crazy that you’ve never seen it, but also very logical. Actually, I haaaaaaaate, hate being overly hot, I get very cranky. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜… Well, I’ve also gotten heat stroke pretty badly so that affects the anxiety I have getting overly hot. For some reason, I imagined Australia just always being hot, literally year round. I don’t know how weather works. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜… But then it can’t get too cold there if you’ve never seen snow, so that isn’t too huge of a leap.

    The song sounded so good and extra impressive that it’s your first ukulele arrangement! I get very overwhelmed if there’s a song with a lot of different chords like that when creating an arrangement of my own, which is why if I do reference chords for a song I usually pick the one that has fewer chords–Then fill in any gaps by ear and/or trial and error. For me, I like to do arrangements by ear as much as possible because that’s what I enjoy doing most. I enjoy the challenge of that and the freeform nature of that. But it’s really good you did your arrangement that way, using all those chords, because it almost automatically gave your arrangement even more depth and richness, I think. I have created a few arrangements but they’re not on the level of RC101’s.

    Agreed, there are still some RC101 courses I want to do, too, like the strumming ones and the theory one. It’s pretty obvious which things I avoid with uke, it’s those two things. πŸ˜‚ That’s also my goal for this year, too, to do those courses.

    Your drawing is looking so good!! Such a difference between the first and last picture. I really think you have a natural skill for that. When you shade in a drawing, do you shade by moving the pencil in small circles or from side to side? That might be a strange question but I’m really curious. πŸ˜‚

    There will be more uke drawings in February after I move because I’m in the process of moving, kinda right now, but thankfully I’m fairly prepared now. I’m also hoping I might squeeze in one more, hopefully better, take on the song I did for the challenge.

    Thanks for sharing all you have! I do think one creative venture can enhance another. I also think there are certain useful / interesting overlaps between creative skills, such as pressure control with drawing and with playing a musical instrument. Even gradations in visual art versus something like a crescendo in music. There are other examples I’m sure. I’m trying to justify this topic existing but I do genuinely think there is some merit to that. πŸ˜…

    Sorry, I wrote another novel. I think I’m tired and that’s why. My editing skills get even weaker than usual. πŸ˜‚

    #60392
    muzikmama
    Participant

    Our complaining of the cold here probs
    sounds like a man complaining of man flu lol. The chords gave the song more richness I agree. Fewer chords are desirable to me like what you said. Putting your own stamp on it makes it extra gratifying. Though one chord shape I used up the neck – I literally copied from seeing it in RC song tutorials – seemed to work haha. I admit I groaned doing theory but it’s helped me learn the CAGED method (at least for major chords). Blanked out at first. I seriously need it spelled out lol. Definitely worthwhile. When I was able to move a 3 chord song I knew all over the neck..Β  eureka! (still grappling with the chord shapes).
    I’ve pondered how to shade (good question, not strange at all!). Cross hatching?, circular motions? etc. For the black jacket, I went up and down but could see lines. I went over it again, also to even out the dark and light patches. One video about portraiture said to paint as if you are painting the curves of the features. Following this logic, I could have coloured it in a contoured fashion, after I looked at the reference again. Like I did elsewhere to give it more naturalness.
    Ps: Thank you for your kindness. You’re an asset to RC and the general community.
    ☺

    #60483
    The_Bumble_Bard
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    @muzikmama, haha!! Man flu. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜… I won’t lie to you, there is some truth to that. It can be pretty funny when someone finds 50Β°f (10Β°C) weather to be freezing when a recent low temperature we had in Wisconsin is -11Β°F (-23Β°C actual temperature, before wind-chill, which makes it even colder). πŸ˜‚ But then all of that is relative and it’s understandable if what we consider mild weather is hard to handle for someone who isn’t used to it.

    I think I know a bit about what the CAGED method is because I looked through the RC101 material on that. I need to review that again now though, now that I have more experience. I’ve had some private lessons with Matt and most of what I asked him about had to do with chord shapes and patterns and it was just like you said: to transpose up any song, you just move the shapes up (if all of the strings are covered. If the g string is open in the chord, you have to make sure it still fits with the chord you choose moving up). For me that’s so helpful to know things like that because I memorize songs based on the shapes, movements, and sounds, not as much by the chord and note names. Not sure if that makes sense. πŸ˜‚ It’s so interesting to know the different ways everyone learns and creates music. You should definitely continue trying to create your own arrangements because it only gets more fun with time. I find the prospect of having total freedom to create a song exactly the way I want it, and whatever way I want, to be very exciting and motivating, and the people of Rock Class 101 have helped me so much to be able to do that. A good part by just learning their amazing arrangements and watching how they play. But yes, I hope you enjoyed creating that and keep going with it. 😊

    Very interesting indeed with how you shade your drawings! I’m not sure there’s necessarily a wrong or right way to approach shading. All of those methods could work for sure. Filling in light or dark patches you don’t want and keeping the values even where they should be is probably more important than how you do that if that makes sense. That said, there are definitely benefits and drawbacks to each method. Do you think you’ll post another update on that drawing?

    Thank you so much for saying that! I think it’s fair to say that interacting with people on RC101 is just as much a fun hobby for me as my other hobbies. πŸ˜‚ But certain topics no one else I know is interested in, so it’s really nice to be able to share. Thank you so much for your encouragement and also the lovely conversation! πŸ˜‚

    #60510
    muzikmama
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    @TBB I’m glad you got the joke lol. I know humour/intent can be easily misread, especially by strangers. Did Matt mean any chords or only the CAGED chords can be moved up? Not to bother, I should look into it myself more to have a better idea. I am working on another arrangement alongside the learning stuff. I might post an update re the drawing, if I change it. I think adding subtle definition should work in its favour – that’s if I can pull it off.
    We co-authored a novel of a thread here πŸ˜‚. Tbh, I’m embarrassed about hogging the thread which was never my intention from the start, oops. I want to let others have a turn. πŸ‘

    #60573
    The_Bumble_Bard
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    @muzikmama, haha, no worries about that! I feel like that kind of joking around is harmless. Also, sorry for the delay, I think I mentioned I just moved about a week ago so steadily (very slowly) trying to get my life back in order. πŸ˜‚

    I need to ask him about that, but I’m pretty sure that it can be any chord moved up the neck to transpose to different chords / keys, as long as you’re fretting all four strings OR the open g string fits with the chord you’re playing, wherever that might be on the uke. I also need to review the CAGED method again because I think that’s so useful once you get it. It makes it so easy to modify any song once you get that. Honestly that really made me feel so much more in control of what I’m playing, especially if I’m trying to create or modify a song.

    Oh awesome that you’re working on another arrangement! Please share it here, if you feel comfortable doing do; I’d love to hear it. And your drawing, I’d love to see an update on that too! 😊

    Haha no worries about that at all! But it would be lovely to see more uke art from other people too. No question I will share more, too, life has just been nuts lately! Hope you’ve been doing well, my co-author friend! πŸ˜‚

    #60758
    muzikmama
    Participant

    Hey all
    TBB: Just a bit of uke stuff which you might already know.. I realized CAGED is replicating the usual chords & including the nut in the shapes, covering any open strings (echoes what Matt told you). Makes sense – I didn’t know the idea behind it before, unless I missed someone explaining it. It may be obvious but it was cool figuring that out. I tried it with the major and minor chords, A to G.
    Been busy on several songs since, and theory overload. Need a break lol. No new drawings or updates at this time.
    Good you got the move out of the way. It’s staggering the number of boxes one can end up with when moving. Hope all is good with you.
    πŸ™‚

    #60854
    The_Bumble_Bard
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    (Very delayed reaction) Yes, I think that’s right! I think the main thing is, whatever chord shape you choose to move up and down the neck, you just have to makes sure all the notes “go together,” as in, are part of whatever chord you’re playing. I’m not 100% sure, but I think the chords in the CAGED method are just five shapes you can play anywhere on the fretboard and they work as a complete and “correct” chord. Other shapes you have to pay more attention to the open strings and if they always “fit” with a given chord shape as you move it up and down the neck. I’ll have to go back to review information from my lessons with Matt and find you an example of that because I have talked about that specific topic a fair amount with him because I’m obsessed with learning about chord shapes specifically – because that’s the way I find easiest to learn the chords, is by shape. Yes, I also was so excited to learn that! That really changed the way I view playing uke overall, learning the CAGED method from here on RC101 and learning that extension of that method from Matt, how other chord shapes can be moved in the same way (again, paying attention to the open strings).

    Are you creating more arrangements, or working on some songs from here or elsewhere?

    Oh yeah, I should record an update of the Chopin arrangement and share it here! I also am always working on new arrangements, learning them from here but also creating my own because I love to do that. Oh my gosh, yeah, with the move, it was crazy how much stuff I had, even though it’s just me, lol. I’m finally getting to the point where I’m working on my “uke / craft room,” which I’m so excited that I have that. So I can finally start messing around and share some more “uke art” here and recording more, I hope. Hope everything is going well with you! πŸ˜€

    #61286
    The_Bumble_Bard
    Participant

    Heeeeelloo! Perhaps you thought I’d never post any uke art here again but nay, I have finally created more. Well, it’s all good, but I’m glad I got to paint again.

    Yesterday I was at a birthday party, a painting party, and I made this little thing. For some reason this is an image I had in mind for a while. I’m slightly disappointed by the execution of it. I may go back and correct a few things. It’s hard to paint amid the chaos of a party that includes multiple small children and two crazy dogs. Those are my excuses. πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚

    I actually have multiple ideas like this, involving visuals of ukuleles and flowers. I may start painting more at home and not just at parties…

    Thanks to anyone who looks at it! 😊

    Anyway here it is (sadly had to crop it because the file size was slightly too big):

    #61525
    johanna2509
    Participant

    Sooo, recently I submitted my masters thesis and I am finally done studying! Now I have more time to be creative again. 😊
    I designed and 3d printed a little ukulele keychain, I think it looks so cute! 😁 I used a special filament which has three colours, so the different sides of the printed object have different colours. It is the first prototype, maybe I’ll make some adjustments, e. g. the hole for the key ring could be bit bigger.


    @The_Bumble_Bard
    It feels kinda awkward to reply with such a huge delay haha. πŸ˜… But thank you so much for your kind words about my drawings! I didn’t get the dragon as a tattoo, because I am too afraid of it haha. Afraid that I will not like it anymore in a few years and afraid of the pain. I thought about a very small one behind my ear though, like a little note or clef. But still too much of a commitment.

    (Oh, and I studied civil engineering.)

    I am still so surprised that you create some of your digital drawings with the touch pad and MS paint. They look so good and realistic!! 😊

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    #61529
    The_Bumble_Bard
    Participant

    @johanna2509, congratulations! That’s so awesome that you’ve completed your masters thesis! Quite an accomplishment! Also really awesome that you now have more time for creative things. 😁

    Those keychains are sooo adorable! I don’t know if you could do it, but I feel like that’s something you could sell on Etsy. πŸ˜… I love those though. I love your color choices too.

    Ha, that’s completely understandable with the tattoos! I’ve had a passing thought about getting a tattoo, too, but true, they’re, ya know, kind of a long term thing. πŸ˜‚ I never gotten one either for the same exact reasons and because I’m phobic of the tools they use. So much so I don’t even want to write what they are. πŸ˜‚ Your tattoo design is really cute though.

    Thank you so much about my drawings! I love MS Paint for nostalgic kind of reasons and because of how very simple it is. That’s also why I love uke because of its “limited parameters” and “simplicity,” but also contained within that is seemingly limitless creative potential, and I love that. I think that’s where I creatively thrive the most is using very simple tools and trying to push the boundaries of those tools. Also, with MS Paint and the tochapad, I think comfort and familiarity is part of why that works for me. I really struggle with the technical aspects of my creative pursuits even though I have tried to learn them. I am bad at that. πŸ˜‚ That’s why I like technically simple tools.

    Thank you so much for the reply!! No worries about the delay at all. πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜…

    #61547
    johanna2509
    Participant

    @The_Bumble_Bard Thank you so much! 😊 I have actually thought about selling them on Etsy, but first I need to try to get a higher quality of the print. Like adjusting print temperature and print speed, all that effects the quality. Aaand I have to learn how to sell on Etsy. Shooting nice product photos, pricing, packaging, shipping to different countries… there’s a lot to consider. πŸ˜… But I have other design ideas, so maybe in the future I am confident to open an Etsy shop.

    I completely agree with what you said about the simplicity! That’s also a reason why I picked up the uke. Because four strings seemed less intimidating than six haha. πŸ˜‚ But still with “limited” strings and range, it sounds as beautiful.

    #61554
    The_Bumble_Bard
    Participant

    @johanna2509, well, I think the first run of those turned out really well! 😁 Really cute! If you do get to open an Etsy shop, maybe you could let me know, I’d buy one of those! πŸ˜…

    My brother has a 3D printer that he actually won completely at random on a site when he was shopping online. The first thing he printed was a Mandolorian figurine, which he then painted. Doofus. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

    So very true, everything you said! All those things drew me to uke, too. And a soprano uke can have a harp-like quality, IMO, which I also love. In fact, ukes are very chameleon-like in the range of styles and sounds they can produce, which I relate to, as well. πŸ˜‚ Also, less painful to the fingers. Yes, the uke’s “limited range” is really its only drawback but that’s what the imagination is for. Rc101 has proved that countless times with the crazy songs they create for uke. 😊

    #61560
    gi_gi_
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    #61562
    The_Bumble_Bard
    Participant

    @gi_gi_ thank you so much!! I may make another RC101 related comic soon because they’re just so entertaining to make. You know what it will involve perhaps… πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚πŸ’•

    #61584
    johanna2509
    Participant

    @The_Bumble_Bard Thanks! I would send you one for free, if you want. 😊 (The shipping costs from Germany to the US can’t be that high for a such a little envelope πŸ˜…)

    I am so looking forward to your comic, if you make another one! It’s going to be hilarious, that’s for sure πŸ˜‚

    And thank you, @gi_gi_!

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