You are invited to Ukuleles Unite! Virtual Holiday Jam and Open Mic!

Time to break out those Christmas songs!
We will gather on ZOOM with our host Bruce Cowan. Patricia, Debbie and Terri will lead songs from Our Christmas Songbook:
Song Book
We will have four slots for Open Mic as well. Invite your friends!

Time: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 7:00-8:15 PM
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Meeting ID: 837 3809 4888
Passcode: 958249

November 4, 2020

You are invited to Ukuleles Unite!
 Virtual Happy Hour Jam and Open Mic!

FABULOUS DOOR PRIZES!

We will gather on ZOOM
Bruce Cowan will be our host.
This session we will have four slots for Open Mic. Let Bruce or Patricia know when you sign in if you’d like to perform. Those who play a song, be prepared to lead a song or two.  We will be using the Yellow and Blue Daily Uke Books to play from. All are welcome encouraged to lead a song!

Time: Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 7:00-8:15 PM 
(arrive 10 minutes early to work out any tech problems)
Topic: Virtual Ukulele Happy Hour
Time: Nov 4, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 896 7319 5692
Passcode: 929271

Virtual Happy Hour Oct 7, 2020

You are invited to Ukuleles Unite!
Spooky Virtual Happy Hour and Jam! 

FABULOUS DOOR PRIZES! Costumes encouraged!

We will gather on ZOOM and jam together, taking turns leading songs from the Spookelele Songbook. 
CLICK HERE FOR SONGBOOK
Bruce Cowan will be our host.

Time: Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020 7:00-8:15 PM 
(arrive 10 minutes early to work out any tech problems)

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Meeting ID: 833 6943 0132
Passcode: 241091

Virtual Happy Hour Sept 2nd, 2020

You Are Invited To Ukuleles Unite!
Virtual Happy Hour And Jam!
including FABULOUS DOOR PRIZES!
We will gather on ZOOM and jam together, taking turns leading songs from the yellow Daily Uke Book.
Bruce Cowan will be our host.
Time: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 7:00-8:15 PM
(arrive 10 minutes early to work out any tech problems)
Meeting ID: 823 6102 5974
Passcode: 863995
Meeting ID: 823 6102 5974
Passcode: 863995

Virtual Happy Hour August 5th, 2020

Our July Virtual Happy Hour was a BIG HIT.
We will gather on ZOOM once again and jam together, playing songs from the yellow Daily Uke Book. 
Bruce Cowan will be our host.

Time: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:00-8:15 PM 
(arrive 10 minutes early to work out any tech problems)
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Meeting ID: 895 3535 4932
Passcode: 538710Here is a link to the zoom page that has helpful tech information 
 
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us
We will take turns leading songs from the Yellow book Round Robin style.  You can always pass if you don’t want to lead a song. It will be great fun to see everyone and connect!  

July 1, 2020 Virtual Happy Hour and Jam!

You are invited to Ukuleles Unite!
Virtual Happy Hour and Jam! 

We will gather on ZOOM and jam together, playing songs from the yellow Daily Uke Book. Bruce Cowan will be our host.
July 1, 2020

7:00-8:00 PM 
(arrive 15 minutes early to work out any tech problems)

Join Zoom Meeting By Clicking Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84866224912?pwd=ZlFFYzFKaTFPeERUWVZPTnUzQ256Zz09

Meeting ID: 848 6622 4912
Password: 710926

We will take turns leading songs from the Yellow book Round Robin style.  You can always pass if you don’t want to lead a song. It will be great fun to see everyone and connect!  

In other Uke news:
Centrum Ukulele Festival 2020 has been cancelled this year.  Possibly an online event may happen instead.  Stay tuned.

Ukulele Magazine has published a Livestream Ukulele Online Event Calendar   LINK

Follow Ukuleles Unite!  on facebook and keep up to date on other virtual events   LINK

Our local independently owned store Crossroads Music is open for customers!  Hours are Mon-Fri 10:00-6:00, Sat noon-4:00.  Ring the doorbell, wear a mask, and shop.  Need new strings?  How about a fun strap?  Ukulele music books?  Picks? Tuners? Questions? They can help.  Plus you’ll find over 80 ukuleles in stock.  Let’s support this great small business.

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Ukuleles Unite! News April 15, 2020

I hope everyone is safe and well as we hunker at home. Ukuleles Unite! continues to hunker down as well, until we know it is safe to come out and play.

Cancelled:
April 1, Happy Hour
April 18, Aaron Keim workshop
May 16, Rhody Parade
To be determined:
June 18-Aug 3, Fountain Of Ukes jams, Thursdays 2:00-3:30.

Meanwhile there are many opportunities to participate in ukulele events online. If you haven’t already, now is a great time to Like our page on Facebook. I have been posting online workshops and stay at home concerts as they come up almost on a daily basis.

https://www.facebook.com/UkulelesUnite

A few other opportunities:
Mike Bare from the Olympic Peninsula Ukulele Club of Sequim is doing weekly play alongs on Zoom. You can get on his email list for info at: ursaelder@gmail.com
He sends out song sheets and a link to connect.

Craig Chee and Sara Maisal are doing a second free online Mini Ukulele Festival on May 2nd with lots of participating artists. I did the first one, it was great! Go to craigandsarah.com/minifest

Leonard Kaufer play alongs https://youtu.be/N5IB3w4DSyU

Stu Fuchs, Jim D’Ville, Aaron Keim and many others are offering free lessons. Jake is giving weekly concerts from his home. Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz is doing a Zoom Open Mic. There is a lot going on! Again, check our Facebook page for info.

Lastly, I want to throw out a challenge for you. Record yourself playing a song and upload it to our Facebook page! All you need is a smart phone, prop it up, video, then upload your video to post on our page. Do you have a favorite song? Have you written a COVID parody? It will be our own little Open Mic! Let’s have some fun! Step outside of your comfort zone!

Let’s all keep in touch and stay tuned!

Happy Hour March 4, 2020

Our next Happy Hour/Open Mic is March 4th,2020

Highway 20 Roadhouse, 2152 West Sims Way, Port Townsend

5:30 – 7:30.

Ukulele Open Mic, sing-a-longs and good times.

(Sing-a-long songs from the Daily Uke yellow book)

Oh Danny Boy  pg 59 (with the Ukeladies)
I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am pg 128  ​
Don’t Worry Be Happy pg 70

Everyone welcome!
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SAVE THESE DATES!
Ukuleles Unite! Rendezvous March 21, 2020

Ukulele Workshop With Aaron and Nicole Keim April 18, 2020
info to follow

Rendezvous February 15, 2020

Rendezvous Schedule

February 15, 2020

Grace Lutheran Church 1120 Walker

A donation of at least $3 will help on the hall rental  

 

11:00– 11:30   Starting Time:  Set-up/ Registration

11:30 – 12:30 Uke Lab:

Practice For Beginners Chord Progressions: Barbara Kurland  Sunday School

Establish a practice habit of chord progressions, hand yoga, finger exercises, basic strumming techniques and playing simple tunes to put it together. We’ll have fun learning simple tricks for conquering B flat and playing with a group when you don’t know all the chords. For beginning players who know a few basic chords. Handouts provided.

Get The 8 Bar Blues with Big Daddy Dick       Dick Hinshaw Sanctuary 

We will listen to recordings of Trouble in Mind as performed by Aaron Keim and Key to the City performed by Eric Clapton plus a couple more examples.  There will be copies of some songs provided.  These 3 chord songs will be in keys of C and A  and open to all ukuleles including Baritones.

Song Circle Session         Patricia/Debbie/Terri      Social Hall

In honor of the Oscars we will be singing favorite songs from the movies!  All levels welcome. Playing with friends is a great way to practice your chords. Either download songbook on your device or print copies for yourself. There will be a limited number available for $3.00.  

Click here for songbook:Songs From the Movies Songbook

1:00 – 1:15 Welcome  Sing Along / Orientation        Social Hall

1:15 – 2:15 Class  Instruction:             

Beginning Ukulele 101       Walter Vaux      Board Room 

 We have loaner ukes!   

Walter’s class is for beginners, those who have never played a ukulele or for those who want a basic brush-up.  Walter will take you through how to hold the ukulele, how to strum, and how to play some easy chords.  At the end of the session, you will be able to play several songs and play them well.   
• Be sure to arrive ten minutes early for tuning. 

• It really helps to have closely trimmed fingernails

Stage Two Beginner  102            Ron Rivas     Sunday School

Ron picks a series of tunes that will help you build your skills and confidence playing in the keys of F, C, G, D, and A.  Most of the tunes will be out of the yellow Daily Uke book.  

Intermediate  103                       Geoff Fong                                 Sanctuary 

This class is tailored for the advanced beginner/intermediate player. 

Most offerings at the workshop are geared towards people who know more than a few chords, and are capable of changing chords smoothly and in rhythm. Chords like E7-A7-D-B7. We will learn the damping technique that is essential to creating the swing rhythm and rhythm n’ blues. In addition, we will discuss holding the instrument, barre chords, moving up the neck and creating efficiency while playing. Tweak your skills while having lots of fun!!!    Come join us!

Playing the Great Half-Remembered Songs         Bruce Cowan         Social Hall

Working on songs from the twentieth century is a fun way to learn musical concepts and ukulele skills. The class will cover two or three tunes from swing, rock, pop, Broadway, folk, and blues. Sheet music is provided with standard notation, tablature, and chord forms for both ukulele and baritone ukulele. The class is meant for intermediate and advanced players who can confidently change chords in the common keys (C, G, F, D, A) and who might be ready to try playing melodies and new chord forms.

2:15-2:30 Refreshments/Schmooze

2:30-3:00 Class Presentations and singalongs      Social Hall

All the classes will meet together where we will share one of the tunes you have learned.    Then, we will play the selected tunes of the month from our Yellow Daily Uke hymnal. 

Page: 108   Hey Good Looking

Page: 210    Side by Side

Page: 70     Don’t Worry Be Happy