“Giant Steps” on Native American Style Flute

I understand for many people that this will fall into the category of “just because you can doesn’t mean you should”. To them, the idea of employing the NAF in a “real jazz” setting borders on the absurd. The NAF just doesn’t have enough notes or the response needed to get the job done. Or […]

Production Log: Sea Flat

Pre-production: The idea for this one started with a Facebook post about a modern take on the suling. The example given was similar to a NAF, having 6 holes and pentatonic tuning, but it had a different tuning being tuned to a modern scale of B C D F# G. I got to thinking about […]

Production Log : Ab’s Lament

  This song started with drum programming in the iPad app called Patterning. This is a really deep drum sequencing app, and I have barely scratched the surface with it. The main thing I wanted to explore with it was the probability layer. With this, you can assign a probability that a given hit will […]

Production Log: No Mercy

This is my version of Holly Hofmann’s “No Mercy” but arranged for Native American flute and ukulele instead of the original silver flute and piano. Update: the song was actually composed by Glenn Cashman; here’s a great version of it with Glenn on tenor sax. Update #2: After talking with Glenn, I made a mistake in […]

Production Log: Equinox

A link to the video was posted previously. This one was a quick cover to get some sounds “on tape” for two new instruments: Longneck concert pineapple ukulele by Covered Bridge Ukuleles. I did a fairly detailed write up on this one on Ukulele Underground so I won’t say much about it here except to mention the […]

Production Log: Waiting for Spring

Composition for this track started on my Ono baritone ukulele experimenting with chords using two fingers and two open strings. Here’s the simplified chord chart: I threw in some more fingers later but that was the starting point. Ironically, this much was done in the spring and I posted a quick jam of it back in […]