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Enjoy these tabs of “What A Day For A Daydream” (by Bobby Darin / The Lovin Spoonful) for ukulele (uke) in the original key, Bb. I looked around the internet and couldn’t find it in Bb anywhere else. For those of you who are just getting comfortable with the Bb, you can try playing Bb as a “Bb7” which would be the same fingering as a Bb, but with the pointer finger only on the E string, and not on the E AND A strings simultaneously. It will look like an “E minor” but will be on the first fret, and using the E, C and G strings, respectively: like a Bb but without the A string. It sounds a little different, but fun fact: the 7th chords are not much different sounding on a ukulele than their major counterparts. So, you can play a 7th whenever you are having a hard time, for example, try playing an E7 instead of an E until you feel a bit more comfortable with the E chord. Of course I encourage you to practice hard chords, because that is how you will get better at them, but if you just want to play a song now, try using a 7th. However, a caveat: 7ths are typically only substitutes for major chords, but don’t really work as well as substitutes for minor chords. Have fun!

Enjoy these tabs of “What A Day For A Daydream” (by Bobby Darin / The Lovin Spoonful) for ukulele (uke) in the original key, Bb. I looked around the internet and couldn’t find it in Bb anywhere else. For those of you who are just getting comfortable with the Bb, you can try playing Bb as a “Bb7” which would be the same fingering as a Bb, but with the pointer finger only on the E string, and not on the E AND A strings simultaneously. It will look like an “E minor” but will be on the first fret, and using the E, C and G strings, respectively: like a Bb but without the A string. It sounds a little different, but fun fact: the 7th chords are not much different sounding on a ukulele than their major counterparts. So, you can play a 7th whenever you are having a hard time, for example, try playing an E7 instead of an E until you feel a bit more comfortable with the E chord. Of course I encourage you to practice hard chords, because that is how you will get better at them, but if you just want to play a song now, try using a 7th. However, a caveat: 7ths are typically only substitutes for major chords, but don’t really work as well as substitutes for minor chords. Have fun!

The 3rd Annual NY Funny Songs Fest has come to a close, wrapping up 3 days and nights filled with funny music by about 100 musicians. Check out your teacher, vamping for the camera! Here, a group of musicians from the Battle Rap Beat Down show pose after a hilarious, well attended show at Union Hall. Carolyn Castiglia, aka CKC was the big winner (she has never been beat!), taking her prize of a bag of fake money and a trophy. Victor Varnado and Chris Sullivan aka “Shockwave” hosted. Shockwave is a talented beat boxer, and the show consisted of performers going head to head in “battle rap” rounds of elimination based on 30 second freestyle verses. If you love funny music, check out the festival next year! If you write funny music, visit www.nyfunnysongs.com and join the Comedy Musician’s Coalition on Facebook.

The 3rd Annual NY Funny Songs Fest has come to a close, wrapping up 3 days and nights filled with funny music by about 100 musicians. Check out your teacher, vamping for the camera! Here, a group of musicians from the Battle Rap Beat Down show pose after a hilarious, well attended show at Union Hall. Carolyn Castiglia, aka CKC was the big winner (she has never been beat!), taking her prize of a bag of fake money and a trophy. Victor Varnado and Chris Sullivan aka “Shockwave” hosted. Shockwave is a talented beat boxer, and the show consisted of performers going head to head in “battle rap” rounds of elimination based on 30 second freestyle verses. If you love funny music, check out the festival next year! If you write funny music, visit www.nyfunnysongs.com and join the Comedy Musician’s Coalition on Facebook.

AYS Auditions for 2014

For YouRockNYC’s rockin’ West Coast students, the American Youth Symphony will be auditioning in June 2014. That may seem like a long time from now, but that’s actually just about the perfect amount of time to start thinking about your audition pieces and putting a plan into action. Take a look at the link below and consider sending this to a friend if it isn’t right for you. Also, happy Thanksgiving!

http://aysymphony.org/for-musicians/audition-information/

E-Books, PDFs and other free Music

Enjoy the free music below for ukulele and guitar: 

About 14 or so great free Uke songs including U2, Everly Brothers, Beach Boys and more. 

Very cool breakdown of how to transpose songs, plus many free PDFs such as Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, The Glory of Love and more for ukulele.

Great free book of PDFs for guitar, very extensive and well done!

YouRockNYC contributes to WikiHow Articles

Wanna learn how to jam over Skype or find vintage Christmas albums? We’ve got you covered at WikiHow. If you like our articles, share them, post them on your Facebook page and let us know. You can also write your own. What is that voodoo that you do so well? Sharing knowledge is always a valiant move!

In the meantime, please enjoy a photo of a handsome man holding a guitar.

Here’s your teacher Jessica D. sharing a “5 finger roll” technique on her ukulele. Here’s one about playing the D chord on the ukulele. People also often ask about different styles of strums, so here’s a video about how to do a reggae strum. You can find many other videos like this via eHow on YouTube alongside these videos. Enjoy!

Nelly, a vocal student who came to NYC from France to study music at YouRockNYC and with other music teachers is turning 33. She is celebrating in a beautiful and unique way — by making an album featuring different artist’s snippets of music and sound. The details are below. Nelly has used her music to inspire her in ways that carry over into her every day life. Can you think of ways to let your love or interest in music inspire your life? Maybe it’s creating a CD mix for that special someone (something many of us haven’t done in a long time!), painting a portrait of one of your favorite musicians or photographing musicians at a local open mic, there are many ways for music to carry over into your day to day. Read what Nelly has done, below. Send her an email to say happy birthday or give her a song to use for her project at “contact at nellycity dot com”. Happy birthday, Nelly!
Hey musicians & music lovers/makers/testers/and so on !In 15 days, I turn my “33Rpm Year” !So, be a part of the “33T.our’s.project”, 
while sending your favorite track, a mix, a song, a line, a beat, a pan’s concert or whatever that I could add to this special Mix. 
I will press a vinyl record with those sounds to celebrate this musical-special-next Birthday…(you can post / link / send through this page or by e-mail or carrier pigeon before the Apr.12th. !).I will press another vinyl record and then explode it in 33 pieces… One of those Life’s slices could be for you… Let’s see !This year will definitely be grooooovy !
 
ViN’lly.

Nelly, a vocal student who came to NYC from France to study music at YouRockNYC and with other music teachers is turning 33. She is celebrating in a beautiful and unique way — by making an album featuring different artist’s snippets of music and sound. The details are below. Nelly has used her music to inspire her in ways that carry over into her every day life. Can you think of ways to let your love or interest in music inspire your life? Maybe it’s creating a CD mix for that special someone (something many of us haven’t done in a long time!), painting a portrait of one of your favorite musicians or photographing musicians at a local open mic, there are many ways for music to carry over into your day to day. Read what Nelly has done, below. Send her an email to say happy birthday or give her a song to use for her project at “contact at nellycity dot com”. Happy birthday, Nelly!

Hey musicians & music lovers/makers/testers/and so on !

In 15 days, I turn my “33Rpm Year” !

So, be a part of the “33T.our’s.project”, 
while sending your favorite track, a mix, a song, a line, a beat, a pan’s concert or whatever that I could add to this special Mix. 
I will press a vinyl record with those sounds to celebrate this musical-special-next Birthday…

(you can post / link / send through this page or by e-mail or carrier pigeon before the Apr.12th. !).

I will press another vinyl record and then explode it in 33 pieces… One of those Life’s slices could be for you… 
Let’s see !

This year will definitely be grooooovy !
 
ViN’lly.
Featured student: Zach Jones, Brooklyn

I’m so proud of YouRockNYC student Zach Jones with his new video! It really shows his skill and style as a musician. His tagline is, “Sad folk for sad folks”. What’s your tag line? Do you have any videos you’d like to share? If so, please do!