A dream and a breakthrough.

It's like a dream, having 600 students learning what I've had so much fun developing. To teach and share this stuff is super satisfying and I can't see an end in sight, which makes me happier still. 
It's quite a challenge, as you may well know, to sit in a groove with Chuka Chuks but when it clicks it's the beginning of something amazing. One of the main issues I have found is that, like learning an instrument, it sounds pretty rough when you're first learning. Because Chuka Chuks have such a big sound, they are brilliant for playing on stage but a bit limiting for practice. I've been wanting to produce muted Chuka Chuks, a much quieter practice version that I can practice with for hours and not impact my kids, my neighbours or my ever patient wife. 
As I have quite a few thousand ball bearings in my studio, I tried drilling a hole in a tennis ball and plonking balls bearing inside. Hey Presto! Mutes are here and easily accessible to you. Some say I should manufacture them and sell them but I reckon it's better if you just make them yourself and get practicing. The main challenge will be finding enough 4mm ball bearings. They don't quite perform as well as Chuka Chuks but they do a fine job and they're so much quieter. 

Juzzie Smith is a brilliant blues musician who been playing Chuka Chuks just over 2 years. If you aren't one of the 90,000 people who've seen this clip, it's well worth 4 mins of your life!

enjoy,
Joel Salom

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  • Beth

    Beth Brisbane

    So... roughly how many ball bearings would I ideally want in each? Just go by sound? It looks like I'll need to order them online so a ballpark figure (couple of hundred? fewer?) would be really helpful. No biggie if I have leftovers :) Thanks! P.S I saw you at Mullum Circus Festival this week and as a juggler/musician I had to get some, but you're right about them being initially a bit loud for the neighbours while I'm learning!

    So... roughly how many ball bearings would I ideally want in each? Just go by sound? It looks like I'll need to order them online so a ballpark figure (couple of hundred? fewer?) would be really helpful. No biggie if I have leftovers smile

    Thanks!

    P.S I saw you at Mullum Circus Festival this week and as a juggler/musician I had to get some, but you're right about them being initially a bit loud for the neighbours while I'm learning!

  • Chuka Chuks

    Chuka Chuks

    Hey Beth, I reckon about 200 in a tennis ball would be a pretty good amount for the muted practice set. Thanks for the purchase and I hope you enjoy them. I'm still hooked. If you're in the area, I'm up for practice sessions? Joel

    Hey Beth,
    I reckon about 200 in a tennis ball would be a pretty good amount for the muted practice set.
    Thanks for the purchase and I hope you enjoy them. I'm still hooked. If you're in the area, I'm up for practice sessions?

    Joel

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