Beethoven’s “Scene by the Brook” and a cool ‘Ukulele lick using harmonics

The second movement of the “Pastorale” symphony is flowing right along. (Ha ha :)) Here is page 4 of the ‘Ukulele transcription:

In the video, I also share how to play the phrase at the end of page 4 using harmonics. Harmonics are the bell-like sounds that are produced by lightly touching a node, or point of division, on a string, isolating an overtone.

The most commonly used harmonic on string instruments is the one that results from touching the node that divides the length of the string in half. In my handwritten tablature, harmonics are indicated by a diamond shape surrounding the fret number:

This particular passage combines harmonics with a fretted note to outline a C chord….
…and this outlines a C7 chord. Both of these are demonstrated in the video.

I’ve received several messages from folks who have decided they would like to learn the “Pastorale” transcription. I can’t tell how how happy that makes me! If you would like me to talk about more playing techniques that would help you learn the music, please get in touch and let me know.

In the meantime, something that will help you learn the transcription of the first movement a little more easily is the “compilation” video I put together. This video includes page numbers so it’s easier to keep track of where you are if you’re following the transcription. Speaking of transcription, you can get a COMPLETE transcription of the first movement by signing up for my email list!

Perfect for learning the transcription, or for some nice classy music to add to your special event! 🙂

You might also just put the video on and enjoy the music!

Let me know what you would like to see from this project. I love to hear from you, so drop me a line with any questions/suggestions or just to say hi!

And…when you’re ready, you can find out more about lessons with me online via Zoom or Skype (or in person, if you happen to be in Denver!) by visiting my lessons page.

all the best to you!


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