★ Our Next Meeting: Thursday, May 12! ★

Our next meeting is fast approaching, on Thursday, May 12, 7:00–8:30pm! Be there to strum and sing along with ukulele players of all levels.

From time to time, we like to resurrect one of the songs we played in our earlier years. We learned to sing and strum the hit “Rock and Roll All Nite” by Kiss back in 2013, when our group was smaller and we weren’t yet recording our wonderful performances. It was a very fun tune to do, so we think this month is a great chance to bring it back and record a rocking version to boot.:) If you are so inspired, feel free to wear Kiss makeup for the occasion!

You can practice “Rock and Roll All Nite” by downloading the chord sheet here. The original is in the key of G-sharp, which is not ideal for ukulele. Bob has transposed it to the key of D, which makes it pretty straightforward as far as the chords are concerned. Some of the strum patterns are a little tricky, but rest assured Bob will go through them in detail during the meeting.

Feel free to get familiar with the chord charts for any of the songs in our repertoire, all available on the “Download Music” page. We always play “Three Little Birds” as our opening number and “On the Road Again” as our closing song, so if you’re new to the group and want to get familiar with them, you can play along using the presentations and our videos.

We’ll follow up our practice with some open mic time for those of you who’d like to showcase a tune you’ve been working on.

Location: Memorial United Methodist Church, 6100 Berkman Drive, Austin, TX 78723. We meet in the school located behind the church, in the gym.

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For those attending for the first time, the church is easy to find – but it is big. You’ll enter from Berkman Dr. using a ‘one way’ entrance and you can park alongside or behind the church. Past the canopied main entrance, on the same side of the building, there is another entrance on the right. Walk in there and you’ll be in the gym. From there simply follow the sounds of ukuleles tuning up.:)

Newcomers and beginners are ALWAYS welcome! Even if you’re a complete novice, we encourage you to come out. Many beginners come to the meetings, and it’s so great to see their skills grow over time! There are almost always easier ways to play the songs, even if you can play only a few of the chords. Or just sing along!

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, May 12, at 7:00pm!

Contact Us if you have any questions, need more information, or would like to be added to our mailing list.

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.

Contact Us if you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list!

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.

Contact Us if you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list!

February 11, 2016: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

She Loves YouA fantastic group of over 130 ukulele players got together to strum and sing a tunes during the Valentine’s week meeting. In keeping with our February meeting tradition, we focused on songs about love. Bob led us all in learning to strum and harmonize on the Beatles’ “She Loves You.” We also enjoyed the chance to revisit February 2013’s song “L.O.V.E” and another classic Beatles amorous tune, “Eight Days a Week.”

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

The group was treated to some great open mic performance songs, including a few great picks for Valentine’s week. A special thanks to Betty; Jay, Nancy and Raj; Kathy and Bill; Ian and Vince for sharing their talent with us.

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Please join us on Thursday, March 10th, for our next meeting!:)

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

Contact Us if you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list!

January 14, 2016: Fly Me To the Moon!

Fly Me To the MoonMembers new and old gathered on a warm January evening to kick off the sixth year of the Austin Ukulele Society’s monthly meetings. At our first meeting back in January 2011, we had about 15 attendees, and at our January 2016 meeting, there were over 150! We have grown exponentially and love every minute of bringing together ukulele players of all ages and backgrounds.

Everyone enjoyed paying tribute to the one and only Frank Sinatra, who would’ve turned 100 years old in December, by learning to play and sing one of the standards he made famous, “Fly Me To the Moon.” Bob helped the group add some swingin’ style that would’ve made Ol’ Blue Eyes proud, with creative pauses and ‘doo-be doo-be dos.’ The group also enjoyed revisiting “Margaritaville” as well as our usual warm-up and closing songs, “Three Little Birds” and “On the Road Again.”

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

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As usual, the open mic portion of the evening impressed all, with a Tuesday Ukulele Group (TUG) ensemble performance of a ‘THE John Davenport’ original tune, an excellent cover of “Man of Constant Sorrow” by Ian, a TUG trio (Nancy, Jay and Raj) performance of “Bye, Bye Blackbird,” a sweet original ode to a best friend who’d passed by Richard, and great covers of Destiny’s Child by Matt and Steve Winwood by our leader, Bob.:)
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We look forward to seeing you all at our next meeting on Thursday, February 11th!:)

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

Contact Us if you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list!

December 10, 2015: Mele Kalikimaka, y’all!

Merry Christmas, Mele Kalikimaka, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noël, and Frohe Weihnachten! The Austin Ukulele Society’s December 10, 2015 meeting kept a great tradition going with our 5th (!) Annual Holiday Potluck and Jam at Susan and Ted’s lovely South Austin home. We enjoyed the chance to chat with old and new friends, eat and drink, and play ukulele music together!
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We sang and played our holiday favorites. You can download a copy of our “Holiday Song Book” with the lyrics and chords for Christmas songs we’ve played together over the years. You can also strum along with us!

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Here we are at our November meeting, playing the Hawaiian/hapa-haole classic “Mele Kalikimaka” with a touch of “Jingle Bells” added in for jolly good measure.
We look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting on Thursday, January 14th, 6:30–9:00pm as we kick off our 6th year together!!

November 12, 2015: What a Wonderful World

What a Wonderful WorldThe Austin Ukulele Society had a fabulous evening at the November meeting, as attendance reached an all-time high of around 150 players of all ages. All enjoyed the warm vibes of a Hawaiian-themed evening, as we learned “Mele Kalikimaka,” the way to say (and play and sing) Merry Christmas in Hawaiian. Additionally, we enjoyed revisiting and recording a lovely rendition of “What a Wonderful World” in the style of the late great ukulele master and vocalist Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole.

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

We were all thrilled to be treated to a variety of musical styles and tunes during the open mic portion of the evening; a big thanks to Kevin Carroll’s Ukestra, Erin, Betty, Elizabeth, and Nancy and Jay!

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We’re also very excited to announce that a fresh batch of Austin Ukulele Society t-shirts is here, with a brand new design for 2015!! Available now for $15!
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We look forward to toasting the holiday season with you at our December potluck and strum-a-long Thursday, December 10, at Susan and Ted’s home in South Austin. Email austinukes @ gmail dot com for more information, if you are not already on our email list.:)

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

Contact Us if you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list!