Schnark Music

I don’t play any instruments but always wished I did so I could strum a guitar while sitting by the campfire when camping. I listened to your recordings … they would fit perfectly!!!

The Schnark has been keeping his head down this winter. A new boat is in my care on the Medway, but we’ve not been a float since July except as crew, or in hired craft. I have stories to tell but not the time to give them credit.

I have been instead banging away with my mandolin. I am untaught, and not terribly good. My problem is as I don’t read music tunes come out of my head are expressed by the vibrating strings, suffered by my poor neighbours, and are then immediately lost. Over the years I have tried recording myself, but the recordings are always filed and forgotten. I need someone to engage with me, to listen and tell me no, no, no and perhaps yes, or work harder on that one.

I must now warn you the recordings below are unfinished, they are the result of me…

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Underground Cartoonist is a former ICU nurse that has worked at numerous civilian, military, and veteran Intensive Care Units across the country for better than three decades but has been sketching, drawing, and cartooning since he first picked up a crayon in kindergarten. Dabbled with political cartooning, writing, and general illustrations but the bread and butter came from health care. Recently left professional nursing to concentrate on camping, hiking, nature, the outdoors, trees, trails, and peace of mind. Love a campfire; rather watch it than TV. Avoid bureaucracy, career ladders, ladder climbers, and hero worship at all cost. Evenings spent with a good book, reading until the book smacks my nose when I doze off. Generally up at sun rise, listen to the mourning doves, put the coffee on, and play it by ear the rest of the day.

One thought on “Schnark Music

  1. The mandolin is easier than the guitar for picking out a tune because the frets are closer together, so you don’t have to do the finger gymnastics. It is tuned the same way as a fiddle, but because the strings are fretted you don’t get the beginners squawk!
    It is double strung, so 8 strings, but only 4 pitches. It took me a while to get the “tremolo” rhythm going, but when it comes it comes.
    It’s a lovely, underrated instrument and it fits in a small pack.
    Best wishes Mr Schnell.


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