Making music with our sweet little UKES in the Highland Lakes area of Central Texas!
Once again the computer and monitors are up and running so we can sit comfortably and read the song sheets. We had a couple of new members who got away before I could get a picture. Daniel got some advice from Don on choosing and buying a left-hand ukulele and Lee, an accomplished musician, came by to check us out and see what the club is like. Harriet stopped by and is seriously considering buying a uke, she gave all hers away to children.
We went over some of the regular songs and the Hawaiian/Island set list for the upcoming Luau at Gateway Villas in Marble Falls, should be lots of fun!
It's a great idea to tap your foot while playing, it improves your rhythm and adds a percussive depth to your performance. It makes learning strum patterns MUCH easier. Also, it's a lot harder to learn once you're an adult or you've memorized your favorite songs! Here's a great article on why and how to do it.
Here's the video, jump right in!
To celebrate summer, and for those of you with young children to entertain or teach ukulele, I've made a songbook of Children's Songs. They're on the Song Files page in a folder called Children's Songs near the bottom of the page. You can download them individually or as a Multi-Page PDF here or from the bottom of the Our Songbooks Page. The benefit of a multi-page .pdf is that you can scroll or 'tap' through the songs. They're a lot of fun and I must admit a certain inexplicable fondness for the Hokey Pokey. If you have any special requests, let me know by email.
Member Amber just asked me a question about ukulele straps. Personally I've found my hand gets cramped and painful trying to play and support the uke at the same time, so I've always used a strap. In some cases, constant tension can lead to tendinitis in the fretting hand. I found this nice video explaining the options and we can discuss it at future meetings. This will be a permanent item on our Resources Page. Happy Strumming!
Here's Ukulele Mike's take on Ukulele Straps
I've added 4 new songs in the current songbook. It's a multi-page .pdf that can be opened and scrolled through, or you should be able to 'tap' an arrow key to the next song. If you would like to look at them and download them individually, they are on the Song Files page. I had a lot of fun researching and creating them, as well as practicing (a lot) to get them just right.
Yellow Bird-Here's a nice video of a Hawaiian Uke Club doing it, skip to 1:20 for the song.
You Belong to Me
My Dear Companion
Today at the Ukulele Club meeting, our friend Abby was very interested in borrowing my uke and showing it to her friends. Since attendance was sparse, I let her have it for quite awhile. She appears to be enchanted with it so perhaps she'll join the Club one of these days. Since she's 5 years old (she said she used to be 4) I think she has plenty of time to learn.
I'm sure she's going to be a good singer. While I was showing her how to tune, any note I plucked, she was able to sing it perfectly. Her pitch is dead-on, it's very exciting!
Well, once again we had a fun and profitable (artistically speaking) meeting! We've added a couple of new songs, check them out in our Song Files!
Catch A Falling Star
A couple (ahem) several song PDF need serious makeovers so I'll be working on them this upcoming 2 weeks. We feel so grateful to have good friends who love music to hang out with. Thanks so much for coming out!
Lisa, Luis, Amber, Don, Viriginia
We've had such fun and met some wonderful people since starting the Highland Lakes Ukulele club. Today we were small but mighty! We were thrilled to welcome new member Alicia and our old friend Tom is back, albeit with a trace of the local flu still bugging him a bit. Once again we thank Fuel Coffeehouse in Llano for hosting the Club meetings twice a month, what a great place to gather!
Hey there, y'all. We had a great meeting tonight with some new members swelling our ranks into the low tens!!! Yay for us. A couple of novice players Kyle and Gabe came early to learn to tune and get started with a few chords, but it was obvious they had been tinkering with YouTube before they got here ;-) Leo came to see if the Uke was 'his' instrument, it certainly looks like it may be! We welcomed back Amber, who had been out for awhile, we missed her. We did some simple and a little more advanced tunes and of course enjoyed those lovely harmonies! An old friend John came by and snapped some great shots for us, thanks, John.
Don, Amber, Luis, Virginia, Leo, Lisa, Kyle, Gabe
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