July 14, 2016: Africa

Toto - AfricaOur July 2016 meeting created a truly special atmosphere in the room, as we learned the beloved Toto hit from the early 80’s, “Africa.” This song is a bit more complex than some of the songs we’ve learned recently, as the number of beats per chord varies in the refrain. However, Bob patiently led us to success with exercises that gave us a chance to practice each chord progression in the song. After practicing the song a few times, we sounded great and Bob’s solo complemented our efforts beautifully.:)

You can download the lyrics and chords for “Africa” or download a copy of the presentation (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along).

We were also thrilled during the Open Mic portion of the evening by the UT Ukes and their performance of “Royals” and Ray Carr’s wonderful rendition of “Comes Love.”

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We look forward to the opportunity to learn, strum and sing with all of you at the next meeting, on Thursday, August 11th!:)

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June 25, 2016: Keepin’ Austin Weird!

For the fourth year in a row, an ensemble of Austin Ukulele Society members wowed the runners in the Keep Austin Weird 5K! Despite rain, heat and humidity, and loudspeakers close by, to paraphrase Tom Petty, “We did not back down!” It was a hot time for runners and strummers alike! MANY thanks to everyone who came out. Can’t wait til next year!

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We’re looking forward to our July meeting, on Thursday the 14th!

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June 16, 2016: Rattle Inn Open Mic Night!

The Austin Ukulele Society hosted another Ukulele Open Mic Night at the fabulous Rattle Inn, June 16. An incredible line-up of fantastic talent! A wonderful evening of friends and ukulele music!
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As always, we’re looking forward to our July meeting, on Thursday the 14th!

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June 9, 2016: Bye Bye Blackbird!

Our June meeting was an especially great one, as over 130 members (and visitors from all three U.S. coasts!) learned to play a lovely and whimsical medley of Tin Pan Alley tunes.

  • “Bye Bye Blackbird” by Ray Henderson and Mort Dixon, 1926
  • “I’ll See You in My Dreams” by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn, 1924
  • “April Showers” by Louis Silvers and B.G. DeSylva, 1921

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The group enjoyed keeping with what has become our June meeting tradition of going back nearly one hundred years to learn a few songs from a bygone but memorable era. Bob’s tips and chord transition exercises helped us get comfortable and ready to ease into playing the medley through, and we sounded great by the time we were ready to capture our performance.
You can download the lyrics and chords for this “Tin Pan Alley Medley” or download a copy of the presentation (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along).

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We are thankful as always to the gifted musicians who shared their songs during the open mic part of the evening. We enjoyed a variety of delightful tunes by a lovely quintet (Margaret, Angela, Nancy, Deanna & Betsy), Walter, Shin, John & Helen, and Cranius.

And speaking of Ukulele Open Mic opportunities, we hope to see you on stage or in the audience at the Rattle Inn, on Thursday, June 16th!

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As always, we’re looking forward to our July meeting, on Thursday the 14th!

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For more downloadable music, visit our Ukulele Music Library. For more Austin Ukulele Society videos, check out our YouTube Channel.

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May 12, 2016: Rock ‘n’ Roll All Nite!

KISSNearly 120 members of the Austin Ukulele Society had a blast rocking out to the classic KISS hit, “Rock ‘n’ Roll All Nite” at the May meeting. Bob took the group through several drills to get everyone comfortable with the chord transitions, muted chord progressions and syncopation with the lyrics. By the time we were through practicing the new song we’d learned, not only were we sounding great, but the energy in the room was extremely high. In fact, the energy was so high that member Vince demonstrated our collective enthusiasm by (almost) smashing his ukulele! Later in the evening, we filmed “Rock ‘n’ Roll All Nite” for our growing worldwide fanbase.:)

You can download the lyrics and chords for “Rock ‘n’ Roll All Nite” or download a copy of the presentation (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along).

Before the rocking and rolling got too out of control, we took a break to hear some wonderful music from open mic participants. With solo, group and duet efforts by Jack, Kevin Carroll’s Ukestra, John and Anna, Laura and David, and Helen who shared their talent with our very appreciative audience.

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As always, we hope you’ll keep strumming and we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Thursday, June 9th, as well as our upcoming Ukulele Open Mic Night at the Rattle Inn on Thursday, June 16!

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April 14, 2016: Funk to Funky!

Ashes to AshesThe April meeting of the Austin Ukulele Society was enjoyed by an enthusiastic and varied group of ukulele players. In honor of David Bowie’s recent passing, we paid tribute by learning to strum and sing “Ashes to Ashes.” Bob took the time to help the group get comfortable with some chords we don’t often see, breaking down the song and drilling the various chord progressions. He also taught us a picking part, so that some folks could pick while others strummed. When we put it all together and played it a few times through, we were all so pleased to see how great we sounded! In addition to learning “Ashes to Ashes,” we enjoyed our usual opening and closing songs, “Three Little Birds” and “On the Road Again.”

You can download the lyrics and chords for “Ashes to Ashes” or download a copy of the presentation (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along).

We were also treated to wonderful talent during the open mic portion of the meeting by Marie, Richard, Alex, Cranius, and brothers Sho and Shin.

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As always, we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Thursday, May 12th!

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For more downloadable music, visit our Ukulele Music Library. For more Austin Ukulele Society videos, check out our YouTube Channel.

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March 10, 2016: We’re On the Edge!

Lady GagaA fantastic group of ukulele aficiandos and novices alike got together on a rainy spring evening to enjoy strumming and singing together. As always, we kicked things off with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Afterward, Bob led the group in learning some fun strumming patterns as we played and sang Lady Gaga’s 2011 megahit “The Edge of Glory.” It was an unfamiliar song for some, but after a bit of practice, the group sounded like they’d been singing along with Lady Gaga for years!

You can download the lyrics and chords for “The Edge of Glory” or download a copy of the presentation (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along).

As always, we enjoyed a wonderful variety of talented folks during the open mic portion of the eve – a hearty thank you to Janet, Kevin Carroll and his Ukestra, Anna and John, Richard, Sho, Walter and Helen for their terrific performances.

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Additionally, we’d like to thank the talented Jacob Borshard for bringing fantastic silk screen prints of the upcoming “Uketania Forever” showcase, along with 3D glasses to use with the image. We hope to see you all on March 31st at the Sahara Lounge!

And, of course, we look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, April 14th, back here for our monthly get-together.

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For more downloadable music, visit our Ukulele Music Library. For more Austin Ukulele Society videos, check out our YouTube Channel.

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