September 8, 2016: You’re My Wonderwall!

wonderwallOn a warm September evening, a wonderful group of ukulele players gathered again to make music together at the monthly Austin Ukulele Society meeting. We began by sharing local ukulele news and introductions, warmed up with “Three Little Birds,” and moved on to learn our song of the month, Oasis’ megahit from the mid-90’s, “Wonderwall.” Bob led us through some drills to get us comfortable with the chord transitions in the song. We then put it all together, and even fit in some vocal harmonizing on the chorus.

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

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We were treated to tremendous performances by Liam, Bentley and Carlos, who performed a beautiful piece of Tango (El Choclo), Kevin and Mark (on U-Bass!), Tom, Cranius, and Phillip. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

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We’re looking forward to a sp’uke’tacular time at our next meeting, Thursday, October 13th!πŸ™‚

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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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August 11, 2016: Rocket Man!

Elton JohnA wonderful group of over 140 ukulele players from near and far gathered together for the August 2016 meeting of the Austin Ukulele Society. We began the evening with introductions and hearing about opportunities to support local ukulele live music as well as warming up with “Three Little Birds.” Bob then took us through exercises of chord transitions and harmonies as we learned the classic Elton John hit “Rocket Man.” We were all pleased with how good we sounded from even the first run-through of the song, and we just got better as the evening progressed. Judge for yourself:

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

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During the open mic portion of the evening, attendees were treated to fantastic talent on the ukulele (and bass and kazoo!) by Kevin Carroll’s Ukestra, Walter, Helen, Sho, David and Laura, and Christine, Brock, Charlie and Marshall.

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We look forward to singing and strumming with you at next month’s meeting on Thursday, September 8th!πŸ™‚

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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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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.πŸ™‚

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!πŸ™‚

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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!

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.

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

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.πŸ™‚

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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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!