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  • Who would have thought it possible?

    I normally would not be into the ukulele
    But this guy Jake Shimabukuro is a true artist that has made a forgotten instrument come to life

    Judge for yourself

    http://video.google.com.au/videosearch?hl=en&resnum=0&q=jake+shimabukuro&um=1 &ie=UTF-8&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&resnum=4&ct=title#

    Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did  

    KK

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    Re: Who would have thought it possible?

    Oh yeah...I saw him on Spicks and Specks. Very good!

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    • #3
      Re: Who would have thought it possible?

      Quite brilliant. The Tommy Emmanuel of the Uke. I compare him to TE by how how he manages to provide both rhythm and lead. With only 4 strings I imagine this would be harder to achieve than with 6.

      EDIT: Maybe there is an opening for someone to do something similar with a banjo Darren??

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      • #4
        Re: Who would have thought it possible?

        Ive been a Beatles fan since a as far as I can remember.
        While My Guitar Gently Weeps is one of my favourite songs.
        That was beautiful; now that George is gone it chokes me up listening to it.

        Hes very talented.

        Ill second that call Darren; do you think a banjo version is possible?

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        • #5
          Re: Who would have thought it possible?

          Originally posted by Thundergod link=1227185807/0#3 date=1227227979
          Ill second that call Darren; do you think a banjo version is possible?
          Careful what you wish for TG. Whats that old joke?:

          If you drop a banjo and a set of bagpipes at exactly the same instant from a 10 story building, which will hit the ground first?
          A: Who cares!

          [Disclaimer: I actually dont mind the banjo or a bit of a bluegrass]

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          • #6
            Re: Who would have thought it possible?

            Originally posted by Thundergod link=1227185807/0#3 date=1227227979
            Ive been a Beatles fan since a as far as I can remember.
            While My Guitar Gently Weeps is one of my favourite songs.
            That was beautiful; now that George is gone it chokes me up listening to it.

            Hes very talented.
            Me to I have the Beatles whole "Gold Box[ch8221] set on vinyl in mint unused condition

            Back on topic apparently some record executives have also seen Jake, they were so impressed with his talent that they signed him up and Jake now has produced a CD

            KK



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            • #7
              Re: Who would have thought it possible?

              Im afraid most of my Beatles albums are original (used).
              Although I hear that my numbered White album is worth quite a lot.
              I have a mint one from Brazil.
              In high school one of my friends showed me a German release of the first album they played on when they were a support band in Hamburg.
              He would never part with that one.
              I have a modern reproduction copy.

              I cant remember them ever playing the banjo or ukelele despite them exploring most avenues of music.

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              • #8
                Re: Who would have thought it possible?

                At the same time as the Beatles I was also into King Crimson
                Have most of the Vinyl but have also updated to CD Compilations

                Both bands experimented with instruments Robert Fripp of King Crimson developed a particular sound and they named it after him (Fripptronics)

                I have mentioned on other occasions that I still play my collection of vinyl records

                KK

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                • #9
                  Re: Who would have thought it possible?

                  In the 1950s you were usually split between Buddy Holly and Elvis. In the 60s it was beatles vs Stones. I was a Stones freak with an almost a complete collection of Stones records up to about 1977 - and that was about as long as I could stand their later stuff. They became boring. I tend to play more Beatles than Stones in my impending dotage.

                  I have several hundred LPs (including one King Crimson one). One day Ill buy one of those USB turntables and rip the most worthy of my collection to CD

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                  • #10
                    Re: Who would have thought it possible?

                    I have several hundred LPs (including one King Crimson one). One day Ill buy one of those USB turntables and rip the most worthy of my collection to CD
                    Excellent idea Flynn
                    Just wondering on the quality of the transfer? any info

                    KK

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                    • #11
                      Re: Who would have thought it possible?

                      The copy will not be as good.

                      A friend of my daughter (age 24) does DJ work and last weekend doing a family birthday party I overheard him say vinyl sounds better.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Who would have thought it possible?

                        Depends on your Hi-Fi system. Its the bitrate that determines the quality. Some would say that 128kbps is adequate for most ears if ripping to MP3 format. I would suggest 192 as a minimum and, if you dont mind large file sizes to get good sound, 320kbps.

                        A couple of years ago I hooked up my stero to my laptop from the headphone jack on my amp to RCA plugs on an external soundcard and started recording tracks. The only problem is that the software used would save the recording as one continuous WAV file. Then you would chop it up with a WAV file editor but it was very time-consuming. You can get software that will do it for you but it may interpret a pause in a track as the end of the track which is also a PITA. And then you have to go through and name the tracks.

                        If you are happy to play an LP end-to-end then just burning straight to CD is fairly easy. Sony has one if you are happy with no-fuss

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                        • #13
                          Re: Who would have thought it possible?

                          Originally posted by Koffee Kosmo link=1227185807/0#9 date=1227239676
                          I have several hundred LPs (including one King Crimson one). One day Ill buy one of those USB turntables and rip the most worthy of my collection to CD
                          Excellent idea Flynn
                          Just wondering on the quality of the transfer? any info

                          KK
                          The bit rate conversion is only one factor, assuming a perfect turntable a conversion to CD Audio 16bit@44.1Khz would be a degregation. 92bit@196Khz would probably be equivalent, but unless you add mastering tools like waves, you cant really improve it.

                          What you actually get of the vinyl is another.
                          A $200 turntable [mechanics, stylus etc] with a usb port is not going to give you much in the way of a quality signal.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Who would have thought it possible?

                            If youre thinking of doing this and already have a quality turntable, etc then this device is definitely worth considering.... I bought one some time ago when digitising my vinyl and tape collection. Coupled with my dbx compander, the end results are excellent.... 8-)

                            Mal.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Who would have thought it possible?

                              oh yeah i see the banjo jokes have started huh  :

                              keep it up boys, ill send my mate around for a coffee  ;D



                              i saw that clip a while back KK and its amazing, he certainly knows his way around a uke  

                              now for all you banjo fans  ;D
                              i guess it can be played on a banjo but not by me  

                              but i do have another special clip worth checking but will start a new thread  

                              *edit* ask and you shall receive, just checked a banjo forum i belong to and found this by one of the members

                              http://www.banjohangout.org/myhangout/videos.asp?id=1523&styleID=0&msgstr=Your%20changes %20were%20saved

                              Darren

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