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Uploaded on May 3, 2010
This is a prototype foot strummed ukulele that I designed for my friend Sandi Sylver who is a storyteller & ventriloquist so her puppets can play the instrument while her right hand operates the puppet. I had recorded this to show her the progress but when I heard May 2 was National "Play Your Ukulele Day" I got carried away & posted it. The reaction surprised me and many folks have asked me to post it on Youtube. I'm not a performer as you can see but I love to tinker. Hope you enjoy it!
The tune is a bit of the blues song "Buldoze Blues" that was recorded in 1928 by Henry Thomas using a guitar, quills (pan pipes) and vocals. Canned Heat pretty much lifted it note for note in the sixties and added a few floating verses from other old blues songs, but they needed a whole band and multiple takes to do it ;^)