New Zealand based Folk Singer Songwriter, Mike Mckendry, is full steam ahead into planning his 6th full album, of purely original material. From the release of Heavenly Armour back in 1992, to the Compilation Come Together, released by Ian McAllister in 1993, and then into a full Live concert, released in 1994, to the Heaven& Earth album released in early 2001. Now with 1000's of views of his YouTube channel, including his song "Face To Face", he is still promoting the 5th album that the song Face To Face featured on originally.
Local Christchurch artists and entertainers, will remember Mike as wearing a few different hats, from performing an Elton John tribute, as part of the "Starlight Show band, around 2007 - 2009, pub and private gigs, to playing folk John Denver covers and originals at Bishopdale Mall, appearing monthly performing in the rest homes, playing at open mic nights and Sunday stints at "Moon Under Water".
Mike has busked all over Sydney, usually for periods of up to 2 months at a time, it was during his last time there Nov 11 2016 - late Jan 2017, that he wrote 2 of the songs "Face To Face" & "I Lay Down", that are on the Original NZ Folk/Gospel/Blues, compilation. The song "Nashville To L.A", also on the compilation, was a re-hash of a song he wrote whilst on a 3 month tour across the United States, from August 1997 - early December 1997, experiences of whatever nature, have always help to en-rich his songwriting.
Around 2005, Radio Rhema hosted a National singer/songwriter contest, "The Big Break Contest", his song "Servant Heart" made it into the top 20. Rhema also aired other songs in the 90's of Mike's.
Mike has been an active member of APRA since 2012.
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Ok folks here’s another version of my song “The Jigsaw Song”, we’ve included a Piano version, and a blog on this, however for all intents and purposes we’re focusing primarily on Drop D guitar, and playing this with the capo on the first fret, in the key of Eb.

With the camera angle you can see, that we’re utilizing all 6 strings of the guitar, and when we go to the Ab & Db, more open chords are used.

The first step is to tune the bottom E down to D, then place the capo on the first fret. Then place your forefinger on the 3rd fret up, over the D, G, B & E strings, place your middle finger on the B string on the 4th fret, and your ring finger on the D string on the 5th fret. Now pick each string, the first note will be Eb…

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Ok folks here’s another version of my song “The Jigsaw Song”, we’ve included a Piano version, and a blog on this, however for all intents and purposes we’re focusing primarily on Drop D guitar, and playing this with the capo on the first fret, in the key of Eb.

With the camera angle you can see, that we’re utilizing all 6 strings of the guitar, and when we go to the Ab & Db, more open chords are used.

The first step is to tune the bottom E down to D, then place the capo on the first fret. Then place your forefinger on the 3rd fret up, over the D, G, B & E strings, place your middle finger on the B string on the 4th fret, and your ring finger on the D string on the 5th fret. Now pick each string, the first note will be Eb > Bb > G > Bb > Eb > G, notice the first 5 notes span 2 octaves, this gives this chord a rich and full texture.

Examples of this chord being used in well known songs, is the song “Farewell Andromeda” by John Denver. Here he is capoed up on the 3rd fret, which means we’re in the key of F. Enjoy the video presentation.

For this particular guitar version, we’ve used a barred D shape chord for the signature key. This song was written by Mike Mckendry, with 3 different versions now on You Tube of the Jigsaw Song.

Ok Ladies and Gentlemen, a warm welcome to Bishopdale Mall today, our Police are giving away free cups of coffee, there’s one for me, and this song is called the Jigsaw Song, and for all intensive purposes we’ve dropped the bottom E string down to D, playing a full D, which means we’re in Eb. There are two specific guitars for this song, one is a G shape with the capo on the 8th fret, and this one is with a full barred D shape with the capo on the first fret. There are a lot of open chords used for this version, and some interesting variations. There is also a piano version available. For more content, and other articles & music for free, then just head over to https://mikemckendry.com/

Although this song was originally written for piano in the key of D Minor, we’ve dropped down a semi-tone, capoed on the 4th fret of the guitar we’re using an A Minor shape for the key signature.

Ok, this song is off my 4th album, it’s called Heaven and Earth, and this song is called It’s Only Natural, not the Crowded House version, this is my one. The song “It’s Only Natural” by Mike Mckendry, was originally released in 1999, and then later it was included in the “Heaven and Earth” album. The original keyboard oriented version, was in the key of D minor, with also 16 bit quantised step written keyboard MIDI key trills. For more go to https://mikemckendry.com/ This particular version was recorded at Bishopdale Mall, on Thursday 10th October 2019. Here Mike Mckendry employs a rhythm guitar, and performs it in the key of C# minor. Towards the end of the song the audio feed mysteriously cuts out, and he wanders towards the camera. Here you can see that the capo is on the 4th fret, and the chordal shape progression, for the chorus is simply { Am / Am } { D7 / D7 } { Dm / Dm } { Am / Am } { A / A } { D7 / D7 } { F7 / F7 / F7 / E7 } Pause for a Bar. So for the purposes of doing it in this key with Bass guitar, here is the translated chordal progression for the chorus. { C#min / C#min } { F#7 / F#7 } { F#min / F#min } { C#min / C#min } { C# / C# } { F#7 / F#7 } { A7 / A7 / A7 / G#7 } Pause for a bar For more free material, and blogs, go to https://mikemckendry.com/

Ok Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Bishopdale Mall, it’s great to have you here. I’d like to do a song, it’s off my 5th album, that album is a compilation, a 14 song compilation of original New Zealand Folk, Gospel & Blues. The song Face to Face, is off Mike Mckendry’s 5th studio album “Original NZ Folk, Gospel & Blues”. This particular version was recorded at Bishopdale Mall on Saturday 12th October 2019. The song is in the key of F(Capo on 3rd fret), and the guitar is tuned to open G. The song itself addresses our struggle with the unknown and supernatural, and in the chorus the lyrics are “Open my eyes to see the North Sky, and my ears to hear the Angels sing. Take away this ache that’s inside, level the up and knock out the deep down”. For more content the just head over to https://mikemckendry.com/

Futhermore the song entails, the ramifications of dealing with the Ominous forces, and the Angelic forces that work in our lives. The second verse deals with the Ominous, “Face to Face with the devil inside, I don’t know why we feel this way. A lot of what can’t be explained in empirical scientific terms, is commonly put in the supernatural box, however the song explores the wonder and beauty, that can be found in nature itself, or more simply put God’s creation.