I keep a nice uke hanging above my desk and I thought I should make a video with it, but nope… I used my son’s toy ukulele instead!
The challenge for tonight was to pick it up and make a song using it exactly how my son had left it. I didn’t tune it, I didn’t try to tune it, I just listened to how it was set and I tried to make something from that.
This was a lot of fun to make. Also, the ending of this video get’s me giggling.
I was organizing my gear and came across my 90’s Russian built Big Muff Pi. I stopped using this pedal about 4 years ago and I thought it was time to revisit it. I paired it up with my new Moog MF flange and the EHX Ring Thing to see what it would inspire. I like what happened!
Each track was recorded in one take, for better or worse.
Signal Chain: Guitar, Ring Thing, Big Muff, MF Flange, Amp.
• For the “Bass” I used the octave down setting on the Ring Thing going into a driven Big Muff.
• The Rhythm guitar I used the MF Flange with a slow sweep, a lot of depth and the vocal switch on.
• For the solo I turned everything on and set the Ring Thing to be an octave up.
I wanted to make a really light, bouncy and almost silly blues backing track to show that blues isn’t only about feeling blue, but sometimes is about taking your blues away. This one cheers me up every time. Also, in the middle I pull way back in volume so you can do the same, we get to build and then come out hard at the end. I love the dynamic playing from artists like Buddy Guy who will bring the band back to a whisper and then bring everything to a roaring head. I think dynamics in playing is something a lot of people forget about, so this is a good chance to experiment with that.