Two New Songs and a New Ukulele

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/110 sec, ISO6400
“New Song” Cedar Park, 2020

I mentioned in a recent post that I am working on I Will by The Beatles, but I am also working on a song from 1973 called ひこうき雲 by Yumi Arai which was recently featured in the Miyazaki film The Wind Rises. I am switching back and forth between the two new songs, and seeing if it is more conducive to learning rather than just concentrating on one. At any rate, I think it’s more interesting. 😀

Here’s the trailer for The Wind Rises, with the song. The tune sounds uplifting, but the lyrics are actually kind of tragic, and fit perfectly with the film.

I Will and ひこうき雲 each have one very high note/chord that requires using the 14th fret on the ukulele, which the soprano-sizes don’t have, so I will be practicing that part on my old concert-size ukulele. That concert ukulele is not good quality, and the fret markers are wonky, the upper frets are out of tune, the neck is uncomfortable and glossy (which I don’t like). But guess, what? A beautiful new concert ukulele is on the way, and I’m so excited!

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