Well I'll be . . . it can be done. If you didn't know, I use Aquila Nylgut Ukulele strings on my tenor and baritone ukes. Best sounding uke strings out there in my humble opinion. I love my Kala tenor uke . . . but I've got such big bo-honking fingers, and the frets on a tenor uke are not exactly large . . . I can really only play chords on the first 5 frets. Then one day a while back, I noticed on the package that Aquila makes a Baritone set tuned to G-C-E-A, just like my tenor. A baritone uke is usually tuned like the bottom 4 strings of a guitar . . . D-G-B-E. Well, I jumped in and ordered a couple of sets. And . . . they work . . . at least to me. Now, I am not by any means a uke "purist." They are the "tools" I use as instruments when I sing certain songs. Restrung with the new strings, the Kala baritone is about as loud as my tenor . . . but with a little deeper sound. Some may not like it . . . but I do, especially as I work to learn the names of…
Part 1 - Getting your foot in the door to sing to senior adults Part 2 - Treat the first ttime to sing to senior adults as an audition. Part 3 - The basic equipment you need to bring with you. Part 4 - Giving senior adults the chance to experience emotion through music. Part 5 - The "Do's and Don'ts" when singing to senior adults.
Singing for Senior Adults opens a wide variety of musical choices.
But sooner or later, you are going to sing a song that someone in the audience identifies with on a deeply emotional basis. Please . . . consider letting them have that moment.
For some seniors, it may be a very happy memory of a day gone by, and the tears you see are reflective and contemplative tears of joy.
For others, it may be an unhappy memory. But a memory they are none-the-less willing to feel the pain of again as a way of grieving.
I like to sing the old Pete Seeger song, "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine." The last verse is about preparing for death . . . and the …
What is your favorite guitar or other musical instrument? Please let me know. I'd like to interview you about your relationship with your favorite instrument.
I am interested in talking with, and getting to know, everyday people who make music. That's the kind of person I am. I'm an everyday kind of guy, and I love to sing and play guitar for everyday people.
Although I have too many guitars, several ukes, a couple of old banjo's, a bunch of harmonicas and several Native American flutes, I am interested in stories about other instruments as well. I have it in my mind that this blog will probably feature more stories about guitars and singer-songwriters. However, I am open to stories about people and their love for other instruments. So, if you play the accordion, piano, pennywhistle, drums . . . or can crack your knuckles in time to music . . . I want to hear your story.
All inquiries from interested, or from the curious as well, can be sent to revrickmang@gm…