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

 

 

Happy Hour February 5, 2020

Our next Happy Hour/Open Mic is February 5, 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)

Five Foot Two pg 82
Eight Days A Week pg 74
Don’t Worry Be Happy pg 70

Everyone welcome!
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SAVE THESE DATES!
Ukuleles Unite! Rendezvous February 15, 2020

Ukulele Workshop With Aaron and Nicole Keim April 18, 2020
info to follow
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News from our local music store Crossroads:

We just wanted to give you a heads up on our upcoming mega sale on ukes and micro basses Feb 13-15.  We’ll have several doorbuster instruments and a “Daily Uke” leap year edition book giveaway (their choice of standard or baritone uke) and a “Uke Chord Chart” Totebag giveaway as well.
We are offering huge discounts on 31 ukes and basses so the sale will be limited to 3 days.  We’ve decided the best weekend to have the sale will be the same weekend as the Ukuleles Unite! rendezvous.  
 

January 18, 2020 Rendezvous

Rendezvous Schedule

January 18, 2020

Grace Lutheran Church 1120 Walker

Port Townsend WA

 

Please bring snacks to share if your last name starts with A-Z.

Volunteer to help set up tables and chairs at 10:00 am.

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  Board Room  

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.

Beginning Tablature Visit Number Two       Walter Vaux         Sanctuary 
Walter has agreed to share his information again.    Tablature, is a simplified system showing where to place your fingers on the ukulele string.  Walter will introduce you to tablature with simple exercises.  We will progress slowly. At the end of the hour, you will have mastered this technique.   Do arrive a little early.  

Song Circle Session         Patricia Bolen                       Social Hall 

We will be singing a variety of fun Hawaiian songs this time.  Some familiar, some that might be new to you.  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:  Hawaiian Songbook

1:00 – 1:15Welcome  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.

2:15-2:30Refreshments/Schmooze

2:30-3:00 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 Happy Songbook  (copies available)

Walk Right In
The Loco-motion
Don’t Worry Be Happy

 

 

Ukuleles Unite! New Years Party January 5 at the Grange

Come celebrate 2020 with our Ukuleles Unite! New Years Party!

When: January 5th, 2020, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Where: Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona Street, just off Sheridan in Port Townsend
What:  eating, talking, and playing tunes.
Bring: BYOB and finger food to share
Costumes encouraged reflecting what 2020 might look like for you

Ukuleles Unite! will provide pie, ice cream, and coffee. We will also have a table set up for a Swap Meet, so bring instruments, books, stands, or other gear you want to sell or trade or give away. Even bring your old sheet music to share for free!

We will have Open Mic as well as play some happy tunes from our Happy Songbook linked here:  Happy Songbook  

See you there!

No Happy Hour in January. Next Rendezvous is January 18, info to follow.

Holiday Jam and Singalong

Please join us December 14th, 2019
2:00-4:00pm
Ukuleles Unite! Holiday Jam and Singalong 

Finnriver Farm and Cidery
124 Center Rd, Chimacum WA

This is a fun chance to play and sing favorite Christmas songs, with fellow ukulele players.  All other types of instruments are invited to join us, as well as all voices and ages. A fun relaxing community holiday get together for friends and family.  Songs will be lead by Patricia, Debbie and Terri with Chicago Bob on Guitar and Barb on melodica.
Drinks and food available for purchase on site.  

Everyone welcome!

Click the link below for this year’s songbook.  You can print out the songbook, or download it onto your device or view from your email:

UKULELES UNITE! CHRISTMAS SONGBOOK 2019

 

Happy Hour December 4th, 2019

Our next Happy Hour/Open Mic is December 4th, 2019

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)

Feliz Navidad pg 300
Jingle-Bell Rock pg 304
Don’t Worry Be happy pg 70

Everyone welcome!

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SAVE THESE DATES!
Saturday, December 14th 2:00-4:00 at Finnriver
Ukuleles Unite! Holiday Jam and Singalong

January Ukuleles Unite! Party at the Grange
January 5, 2020. 2:00-4:00

info to follow

Rendezvous November 16, 2019

Grace Lutheran Church 1120 Walker, Port Townsend WA

Please bring snacks to share if your last name starts with A-Z.

Volunteer to help set up tables and chairs at 10:00 am.

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

 

Schedule

11:00– 11:30   Starting Time:  Set-up/ Registration
11:30 – 12:30 Uke Lab:
Practice For Beginners Chord Progressions:Barbara Kurland  Board Room  
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.

Beginning Tablature       Walter Vaux         Sanctuary 
Tablature, is a simplified system showing where to place your fingers on the ukulele string.  Walter will introduce you to tablature with simple exercises.  We will progress slowly. At the end of the hour, you will have mastered this technique.   Do arrive a little early.  And a reminder that it is a lot easier if you have closely trimmed fingernails.

Song Circle Session         Mike Bare            Social Hall 
We will be singing a variety of fun songs from the Olympic Peninsula Ukulele Strummers of Sequim  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:   

OPUS SAMPLER SONGBOOK

(1st 20 songs in book)

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1:00 – 1:15Welcome  Sing Along / Orientation        Social Hall
1:15 – 2:15Class  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         Mike Bare           Social Hall

After watching the Ken Burns documentary on Country Music, I thought we might highlight and play a few of them. No twang is required.  Same Songbook as morning class, last 17 songs.   Click here for songbook:  

 OPUS SAMPLER SONGBOOK
 

2:15-2:30  Refreshments/Schmooze

2:30-3:00   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: 160 Midnight Special
Page: 262 When I’m 64
Page: 70 Don’t Worry Be Happy