Tuesday, June 12, 2012

B Chords and Hills

Learning the ukulele would really go much better if I practiced.  Especially songs with a B chord (B, B flat, Bminor6, Bimpossible - you get the picture).  Anything with a B (see previous list), I generally avoid.  By the time I look at the cheat sheet for the fingering, reposition my fingers, and strum, the song is over.

There are some really great songs with B chords in them.  Many of the Hawaiian songs have a B, and even John Denver's "Country Roads" has one.  It's in the bridge.  Sing it with me!


"I hear her voice
In the morning hour she calls to me
The radio reminds me of my home far away
And drivin' down the road (Bm) I get a feeling
That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday"

What a great song!  I can play the whole song without looking at my fingers except for that dang B minor.  Ergh.  Don't even get me started on "Sophisticated Hula"!

Practice, practice, practice.

As for hills, when I bike I avoid big hills, small hills or even roads with the name "Hill" in them.  I'd rather ride five miles out of my way on flat roads than ride up a hill.  Today, I biked 17.5 miles.  On the way home I rode an extra two miles of flat road before I attacked a small hill and reluctantly changed into a low gear.  I think it really comes down to my legs burning.

On our driveway, I stop at the bottom, give myself a pep talk which includes "don't be a wuss," and "don't you want to look good at the beach in July?" and try to make it up the hill before the neighbors see me pushing my bike up (this embarrassing moment has only happened once, thank goodness).

Practice, practice, practice.

There's a theme here...

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