SEASIDE STRUMMERS
Learn How to Play the Ukulele
Sponsored by
Franke at Seaside
Open to all Franke at Seaside residents.
Loaner ukuleles are available!


Join Jim and Cheryl Ravoira from the Charleston Hot Shots Ukulele Band and learn how to play the Ukulele (OO-koo-LE-le).  It's a fun little instrument, easy to learn and fun to play.  No prior musical experience needed.  We will show you how to tune, hold, strum and chord the ukulele. 

You can play everything from Hawaiian, Tin Pan Alley, Standards, Blue Grass, Country, Rock and Blues.  The sky's the limit.  We also need some folks to sing and play percussion.  

The class material below is downloadable. 


Questions?  
Call Jim at (843) 901-6363
Jimravoira@gmail.com 

Ukulele Picture of the Month


Herb Ohta
Herb Ohta aka Ohta-San is an American Ukulele player born in 1934 in Hawaii who has recorded solo, as a group and with Andre Popp on the A&M Records label, which was co-owned by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. He is also known as "Ohta-San" in Japan and other Asian countries, which is a title of respect for the musician.

Ohta was a boy when he was taught his first three chords on the ukulele by his mother. He entered an amateur contest at age 9 and won the $10 first prize. Three years later he met Eddie Kamae on the beach, at the time considered the best ukulele player in the world, and became his student.

He enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served ten years. While stationed in Japan as an interpreter, Ohta made his first recordings and played a number of events. He was a guest on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1955. In 1964 he succeeded in having a hit song with the single Sushi and signed a five-year contract with Decca Records.

Recognized by many as the world's most diversified Ukulele player; recording music that is categorized as Pop Music, Romantic Music, Jazz, Traditional Hawaiian music and with orchestras. He was inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame in 2006.

YouTube Video





Billy Carpenter
Billy "Uke" Carpenter is one of the great unsung ukulele heroes of the 1920s whose highly specialized talent was also in a way, his curse.  Because while he could "flail the flea" blisteringly fast with flamboyant, multi-rhythmic strums that still amaze listening to them nearly a century later, and while he alone among the performers of the era could rival--and at times even surpass-- the great Cliff Edwards in that strange psychotic-sounding scat style known as "eefin'" that was peculiar to ukulele players ...sadly, Billy "Uke" Carpenter had no other talents...Read More

YouTube Video




Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro (born November 3, 1976, in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American ukulele virtuoso and composer known for his fast and complex finger work.  His music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco.

Well known in Hawaii and Japan during his early solo career in the early 2000s, Shimabukuro became famous internationally in 2006, when a video of him playing a virtuosic rendition of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was posted on YouTube without his knowledge and became one of the first viral videos on that site.

Jake Playing While My Guitar Gently Weeps




Roy Smeck
Leroy Smeck (6 February 1900 – 5 April 1994) was an American musician. His skill on the banjo, guitar, and ukulele earned him the nickname "The Wizard of the Strings"

Roy Plays Tiger Rag


Schedule 
We meet each Tuesday in the Card room of the 
Burges Center from 10:30 am until 11:30 am  

Class Schedule

  • March 19
  • March 26
  • April 2
  • April 9

Our New Song list.  Down load a copy from the bottom of the page.  Its title is Franke Jam Book 2019.pdf
  • How Much is that Doggy In the Window
  • Cold Cold Heart 
  • Pay Me My Money Down
  • Waltz Across Texas
  • When You're Smiling
  • Yes Sir That’s My Baby
  • Five Foot 2
  • Stand By Me
  • I'm Looking Over a 4 leaf Clover
  • Red Wing
  • Rose of San Antone
  • He’s Got The Whole World
  • Charleston
  • Singing in The Rain
  • You Are My Sunshine
  • Rocky Top
  • Jada 
  • This Land Is Your Land 
  • I'm an old Cowhand -
  • These Boots are made for Walkin - NEW
  • Happy Trails




Franke Halloween Concert 2017



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