Secret Update and James Hill cover video


Hey Folks,

Well, I am finally moved back into my space, with the studio partially together.

1. Apartment repairs complete
2. Garage semi normal
3. Doctor visits complete and feeling much better
4. Business trip to Seattle over
5. Earned my CUA – Certified Usability Analyst
6. Lots of craigslist.com stuff out the door (with still more to go)
7. Received my signed copy of James Hill’s new CD A Man With A Love Song

And started a new chapter in life.. in a few different ways.

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My day job is absolutely crazy right now and will be for several months to come but I am resolved to share more secrets… so here’s what’s coming up.

1. the Train rhythm (my secret weapon)
2. a duet version of Tico Tico that will make your socks go up and down
3. Elvis has left the building.. the quintessential Elvis rhythm
4. a TAB of my Danny Boy arrangement
4. and “Claw-panela” a unique (to me) way to combine claw hammer technique with campanela runs

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WTH is claw-panela?

Well, I coined the term yesterday after having loosely worked up James Hill’s claw hammer medley from his new CD, of which I was a “Mover and Shaker”. The track is called Assam/Like a Bird and is a tribute to John Kavanagh and John King, respectively. An incredibly beautiful tribute. When I first heard it I was entranced. I still am.

BTW the CD is great. Lots of excellent James Hill compositions and playing and musicianship from guest artists. I highly recommend it.

Back to claw-panela. The song is played in the claw hammer style utilizing campenala style to play beautiful melody lines. I have been exploring ideas with the technique and will share what I have come up with in the future.

Meanwhile here is my toob of James HIll’s Assam/Like a Bird (minus his superb foot-stomping)

See you soon..

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4 responses to “Secret Update and James Hill cover video

  • Judy Odrezin

    Just Beatiful!!
    Judy O

  • John

    Great new post…! Thank you for taking the time to do this… I am new to the uke but love playing…. Your blog has been a great inspiration…

    I also wanted to say the post about trying new interments and changing it up is some good advice… Fun seeing the hula hoop action…

  • raspghost

    can we get a tab for assam/like a bird?? please??

  • David

    Wow, that was an absolutely beautiful rendition. Any chance of a follow up video on the technique (and perhaps some tabs 🙂 )? As a beginner banjo player who has recently ventured into ukulele territory, I’m curious about the implementation of clawhammer on this wonderful instrument.

    Oh, and Merry Christmas!

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