Let’s “Keep on the Sunny Side” as we slide into 2019 with our Ukuleles Unite New Years Party on Sunday, January 6.
No matter what’s happening outdoors, we’ll be keeping things bright and sunny inside the Quimper Grange at 1219 Corona Street, just off Sheridan in Port Townsend. The festivities run from 2 pm and until 5 pm. We’ll be eating, talking, and playing tunes.
Please bring finger food and any beverage you’d like to have. Ukuleles Unite will provide the pie, ice cream, and coffee. We’ll have a table set up for a Swap Meet, so bring instruments, books, stands, or other gear you think others would enjoy. Even old sheet music to share for free!
Come prepared to play Open Mic for us or lead a tune. We’ll play some summery tunes from the yellow Daily Ukulele book to keep us all on the “sunny side.”
Our play-along tunes will be:
Page 183 Sunny Side of the Street
Page 222 Sunny Afternoon
Page 177 Oh What a Beautiful Morning
See you there!
There is no Happy Hour open mic on Jan 2. Our next Rendezvous is January 19.
Woo-hooo…! Our next Rendezvous is Saturday, April 21 at Grace Lutheran Church. Rendezvous Schedule of Events:
Registration and Set-up 11:00-11:30
Uke Lab 11:30 – 12:30
Instruction and sharing will change each month
Practice for Beginners Barbara Kurland Sanctuary For Beginners, or anyone interested, we will practice three chord change progressions in each key at your comfortable speed. We will also include strumming exercises and techniques. You will be given a handout that will enable you to practice chord progressions at home.
Chord Progressions Made Easy George Yount Board Room Do you wonder how to play songs in different keys, or what people mean when they call out chord progressions 1-4-5? It’s simpler than it sounds, and with a little understanding you can take your eyes off the page and start hearing chord changes.
Tin Pan Alley Song Circle Patricia Bolen Social Hall Hey, everybody, come play with me! We will sing tunes from the Tin Pan Alley song packet. If you don’t know the chords just sing louder!
Continued Registration 12:30 – 1:00 Regular Classes 1:00 – 2:00
Beginning Ukulele 1 Walter Vaux Board Room This class is for beginners who are new to the ukulele. We will cover the basics, how to hold the ukulele, how to strum. We will learn three or four basic chords and practice them until they are easy to play. Finally, we will apply these basics to a three-chord song. You will be amazed that you will play this song and play it well. We have loaner ukes. Please bring a pencil and be sure to be on time.
Beginner Ukulele 2 Geoff Fong Sanctuary You are now beyond Beginner 101. Geoff will share easy two and three chord tunes in various keys. He will expand your repertoire and lock in your muscle memory of chord progressions. Geoff will emphasize how you can learn to let your musical ear tell you when and which chord is appropriate to play.
Intermediate Uke 3 Ron Rivas Sunday School Classroom 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.
Playing the Great Half-Remembered Songs Bruce Cowan Social Hall
It’s fun to learn concepts and skills when you’re working on songs from the twentieth century. The class will cover two or three tunes from genres including swing, rock, pop, Broadway, folk, and blues. Music will be provided, and will include tablature and chord forms for 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.
Refreshments and Announcements 2:00 – 2:30 Those with last names beginning with O thru V are asked to bring refreshments. Finger foods only, please.
Song Circle 2:30 – 3:30 All the classes will meet together where you will share one of the tunes you have learned. Then we will play the tunes selected for the Rhody Parade: