Jazzing it up!

The last week I’ve been busy with a free five day course in jazz with Heidi Krenn. That was both joyful and interesting, and I think I learned a lot. I even tried out a bit of scatting.
Honeysuckle Rose by “Fats” Waller was the song we were working with.

For some reason I came up with the idea of recording the song, and did a quick draft with some basic piano, bass, drums and song. So far it’s just three choruses and one bridge, and no scatting (yet). Here’s what it sounds like so far.

Honeysuckle Rose short draft

I need to do a better intro, a bit longer, and maybe add some instruments and an ending, if I continue with the recording. What do you think? Continue or scrap?

My first ukulele! :)

This is my newest addititon to my instruments, and the reason is that I’ve started taking lessons.

My new ukulele.
My new uke! 🙂

On the pic it’s so new it still got the tags on! 🙂

It’s been fun so far to learn to play uke. Slightly different from playing guitar when it comes to chords, but I’ve learned a few already.

I’ll put something up soon.

What about my music?

Music is on of the things I’m supposed to write about on this blog, and promoting my music is one of the purposes with this site. So what have I been doing?
Much of what I’ve been doing is learning stuff like how to record and mix the songs I do, and also I had to think about how to arrange my songs. I’ve got some great feedback that I’ve tried to put at use to the best of my ability.
It seems like I have a tedency to have too much instruments playing all the time instead of saving some stuff for choruses and building up the songs.

As I also want to have videos for my songs, I need to learn how to both shot nice videos and synchronize the sound. My thought is to start with “simple” videos filmed in my studio, showing me singing and playing all the instruments and so on. Later perhaps I can have someone help me shot the videos in other environments.

A few songs have been recorded and are in a near finished state. Next step is to make simple mastering. Mainly some EQ and raising the volume somewhat.
The songs I’ve been working with is House of the Rising Sun, Waltzing Matilda, Moscow Nights and a re-recording of one of my own songs, written in Swedish, called Höstsång till Jenny, which means Autumn song for Jenny. It’s a love song to my girlfriend Jenny and to my my then newfound love for the autumn.
Next song I’ve already started recording, is We’re not gonna take it, which I think could be a fun project.

Still a bit unsure of which songs, except my own, I can put here, unless they’re shared from Youtube, without making copyright infringes.

One last fun thing is that I’ve joined the Joyvoice choir, which was both challenging and fun!