Southerly by David Haywood


DVD Review: Learn to Play the Volkszither in the Style of the Waffen SS

Okay, when this guy starts you think we are never going to get to play the zither here. He spends forever giving a speech about the Jews. Then he's in a plane with all these clouds for ages, and then suddenly he's playing 'Ride of the Valkyries' at top speed. You are supposed to play along, but there is no bouncing ball telling you what notes to play. Then he starts singing, which is not that great, so you are thinking what the heck is going on here?

I can't see how anyone could learn to play the volkszither from this DVD, and I am only giving it 2 out of 5 stars.

DVD Review: Learn to Play the Bagpipes in the Style of Nurse Ratched from Ken Kesey's Novel 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'

Is it just me, or is does this DVD not even make sense? First of all, you've got these musical experts like Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito and Christopher Lloyd, who just sit around talking the whole time. I mean, you can hear bagpipe music in the background, but you can't see anyone playing. And then Nurse Ratched comes in, and tells them that they've got to form a band, and that her Red Indian friend 'Chief Bromden' is going to show them how to play. Then she goes out of the room, and while she's out Jack Nicholson convinces everyone that they should go fishing. So they all go fishing, and when they come back Nurse Ratched is really mad with them. And so then the Red Indian guy starts singing and playing the bagpipes, and then he picks up this big box of plumbing and throws it out the window. What the heck is that all about?

There is no way that this DVD is suitable for "bagpipe beginners" as claimed. You hardly even see a set of bagpipes, and it seems to me that it assumes you know all about chord progressions and musical theory. I'm only giving it 2.5 out of 5 stars.

DVD Review: Learn to Play the Ukulele in the Style of Ingmar Bergman's 'Wild Strawberries'

Apparently Ingmar Bergman is some kind of famous ukulele player, even though I've never heard of him. So he starts off in his house talking up the ukulele for what seems like hours. Then he gets out his ukulele, and you think he's going to show you some chords. But then he puts his ukulele away again, and goes out to visit his daughter-in-law Marianne, who's also a famous ukulele player. And they both get out their ukuleles, and you're thinking now we're going to learn how to play the ukulele. But then the next thing they get in Marianne's car and go off driving, and they collect this hitch-hiker called Sara, who also plays the ukulele. And then they go to this house, or maybe it's a hotel (I'm not sure), and the whole place is full of ukulele players. And they all get out their ukuleles, and you're thinking at last we're going to learn about ukuleles. Then the DVD ends. I just don't get it.

I still don't know how to play a note on the ukulele, so I'm only giving this DVD 2 out of 5 stars.

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