Merry Christmas to all!!

This is the first song I decided to learn with my newly acquired ukulele. What a fun instrument to learn and play! There will probably be more ukulele covers to come.

 

In standard G-C-E-A tuning, here are the chords and lyric. Enjoy!

C            Cmaj7        C6          Cmaj7
Jingle bell, Jingle bell, Jingle bell rock
C6           Cmaj7     G7
Jingle bells swing and Jingle bells ring
G7
Snowin’ and blowin’ up bushels of fun
D7                 G7
Now the jingle hop has begun
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My guitar and bass cover of one of my favorite RHCP songs, Californication. Been messing with a bass guitar in the last little while but this is the first song I recorded a bass track (should have picked an easier song to start learning bass haha…)

Also, I used a different video software (Sony Vegas Pro 12) for the video editing this time.

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Video recorded on October 19, 2016

My electric guitar cover on the vocal melody with a backing track of “Demons” by Imagine Dragons.

I learned the song by ear (still needs a lot of work on) and played what I heard so I may not have played the song exactly as the record. Plus, I made a few mistakes here and there (oops~~).

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Video recorded on January 17, 2016

“Mary Did You Know” is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Imagine the very first Christmas night when Mary was holding this baby in her arms, she probably wouldn’t know her baby would walk on water or calm a storm with His hand.  Now, we have the bible telling us who this baby boy Jesus was and why He came – this is what Christmas is about. Let us praise Him for who He is and what He has done for us.

This year, I am experimenting to finger-pick the song. I put the capo on the 5th fret but you can put it anywhere that fits your vocal range. My singing is very so so but it’s kind of hard to recognize the song without the vocal. Haha.. something to work on next year.

Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with warmth and cheers!

Here is a video of my guitar and vocal cover.

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Video recorded on December 24, 2015

Haven’t recorded a video for a while. Here is my guitar cover of “Because We Can” by Bon Jovi. This song is from Bon Jovi’s 2013 “What About Now” album. I noticed his more recent albums are more like pop rather than rock but regardless, I like the guitar solo parts of this song – it’s quite catchy and fun to learn.

Since I have recently started learning bass, just for the fun of it, I also recorded an instrumental version with a bass track, guitar tracks for solo and rhythm, along with a background drum track. The drum track is not played by me of course (I use an app to generate that).

Here is a video of me playing along.

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Video recorded on August 4, 2015

Alive Inside (2014) PosterI recently watched a documentary “Alive Inside” that talks about how music can trigger a patient who suffers from loss of memory due to diseases such as Alzheimer. The film demonstrated how music therapy can help the patients to ease their suffering of isolation and helplessness.

It is mind-blowing to see these live examples of how personalized music works in one’s brain and the stimulating effects it has on the patients. Our healthcare system often time just prescribes medication to these patients and places them in nursing homes. It is saddening to see  these patients are often older, have no one to come visit and eventually shut down to live in their own world.

With the help of personalized music therapy, these patients can feel alive once again and it brings tears to my eyes to see how as simple as just listening to familiar music can restore a sense of self to those who suffer from these memory-loss diseases and are appreciated by the patients.

 

LOL! Don’t mind having one in the office though (perhaps on April Fool).

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