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Hi there all,
my name is Yellowbelly Flatt and I have begun to build cigar box instruments despite the fact that I have no woodworking knowledge or experience.
My interest is in ukuleles as I regularly play with a ukulele orchestra and I find these instruments fascinating.
I also play slide guitar and have a small collection of resonator instruments.
I have been playing guitar and bass since 1971 and although my playing is average, I have played in several bands playing mainly blues.
Cigar box instruments also include several 4 stringers and a stand up bass
I have, over the past year become very interested in the fiddle. To this end I have built a cigar box fiddle and I am learning how to play the thing.
In 2011 I have played a several small local music festivals.
Well, after playing several open mic events and a couple of local festivals, I was asked to perform on the acoustic stage at a record companies launch night.
A few weeks later the owner of the company Robert Harrison of Long Haired Music in Spilsby, Lincolnshire saw me in Lincoln and asked if he could record my playing. This would be…Continue
So, following my break/holiday it was back to work for a fortnight of difficult (and long) shifts.
However, I did manage to fit in a couple of open mic sessions. One was the monthly 'jam night' at the Plough where, having arrived late after a long shift, I played my cigar box fiddle performing (for those that know or care) "Lincolnshire Lads", "Fanny power"…Continue
Well everybody, I've just spent a week or so away at my parents and I suddenly realised how tired and fatigued I was. Dad got himself a cymera (or something like that) which is a trapezium shaped stringed instrument with each string tuned in a diatonic progression. It sounds really tuneful and would be great with a pick up and a bit of distortion.
Well there we are, another Christmas gone. There seems to have been so many.
I got an invite to play at a local pub (bar) on new years eve as part of their festivities. I played a selection of 1960/1970s English pop classics with a 4 string baritone tuned guitar. One of mine.
Songs included 'Honkey tonk angels', Honkey Tonk Women', 'The Ballad of Lucy Jordan', 'Memphis', Brown eyed handsome man' and 'Promised Land'. Things went well and the Landlord and family…Continue
Well, although the weather has been awful, it's been a good week.
The fiddle has been finished with a new bridge and several minor adjustments. I'm slowly getting used to the instrument as it is a bit different from a 'traditional' acoustic violin and it balances a bit strangely when compared to my factory built electric fiddle.
I have also been delighted to see that my cigar box Christmas tune 'Silent Night' was included in the Christmas download for 2010 and I received…Continue