β˜… Our Next Online Meeting: Thursday, September 22! β˜…

Our next virtual meeting is fast approaching on Thursday, September 22, 7:00-8:30pm US Central Daylight Time! It’s always a blast getting to visit with our dear ukulele-playing friends from afar, during our quarterly livestream meetings. By the way, have you checked out the terrific collaborative video of “Margaritaville” from our last virtual meeting, featuring friends near and far, produced by Marty Porter and Paul Butler? (If not, you should!)

The live event is scheduled, and it is the very first item at the top of the Austin Ukulele Society’s YouTube channel page. Simply click the YouTube Live Event to join when we go live on the 22nd at 7:00pm (CDT, GMT -05:00). The PowerPoint presentation (with our warm up and closing songs, as well as the featured song we’ll learn) will be viewable alongside Bob, during the YouTube event.

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Lyda will take us through the slides while Bob explains and teaches his arrangement of our featured song. If you are logged into YouTube/Google, please say hello and share any questions/comments with Jen, moderating on behalf of the Austin Ukulele Society – Jen can get inquiries about the arrangement to Bob for live response. πŸ™‚ If you have a chance to practice the song in advance, and you have questions, feel free to email them to us.


Pro Tips:

  • The event is accessible without logging in and you don’t need a YouTube/Google account to watch. But to comment, you’ll need to log into YouTube with a Gmail account ID.
  • When you join the YouTube live stream, if the video or sound quality is not at its best, roll your mouse over the video to find the ‘gear’ icon. Click it and select the ‘Quality’ option; 480p or higher (we recommend 720p) should improve video and sound quality for you, if you have the internet bandwidth to make the change. πŸ™‚

The BeatlesOur virtual meetings give us the opportunity to take a deep dive into learning a song, with a detailed tutorial presented by Bob (with live Q&A fielded by Jen and Lyda). At our quarterly virtual meetings, we learn a song that is different from the current month’s in-person meeting’s song; instead, we revisit a favorite from a long-past AUS live meeting. For the September 22 meeting, we’ll go back to a very popular AUS repertoire song from three years ago: The Beatles’ Ringo Starr-penned delightful tune, “Octopus’s Garden.” We’ve all wanted to be somewhere we weren’t at some point, so we can relate to Ringo’s sentiments in this cheerful lament. We’re excited to explore this great song at the virtual meeting and we’re sure you’ll enjoy learning to sing and strum it!

The Beatles’ 1969 recording is in the is in the very guitar-friendly key of E, but Bob shifted our arrangement down two whole steps to the more uke-accessible key of C. You can also play along with the Austin Ukulele Society using our 2019 recording of the same arrangement:


Download the song sheet for “Octopus’s Garden” to practice. Bob’s arrangement has plenty of opportunities to learn to play this song in fun and challenging ways. In the song sheet, you’ll find:

  • Pages 1 – 3 have the chords and lyrics, as well as tab for the optional short picking part at the end
  • Page 4 has a description of the two main strum patterns, along with a simplified alternative
  • Page 5 has vocal harmony options for the Choruses
  • Page 6 has vocal harmony options for Verses 2 and 3
  • Page 7 has vocal harmony options for the Ending

This song will have something for players of all skill levels to learn, so please join us. At the virtual meeting, Bob will perform “Octopus’s Garden” to demonstrate the arrangement. He’ll then take us through some helpful exercises that break down the song into its components, getting us comfortable with the chords and chord progressions, and strum styles before we put it all together to play it through. As always, Bob will be sure to share both the simple and more advanced options for playing this song, so players of all levels can learn and enjoy our meeting and his tutorial.

We recommend getting familiar with the song by listening to The Beatles’ original recording of “Octopus’s Garden,” and by practicing using the song sheet along with the AUS performance video.

We always play Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” and Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” as our opening and closing songs, 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, available on the “Music Library” page. We’ll also display the presentations for these two songs during the live broadcast, for your convenience. πŸ™‚

Newcomers and beginners are ALWAYS welcome, and we certainly look forward to having friends from far and wide join in with our live stream! Even if you’re a complete novice, we encourage you to join in. There are always easier ways to play the songs, even if you can play only a few of the chords. Or just sing along!

Stay tuned and keep strumming!! We’re looking forward to having everyone tune in on Thursday, September 22, at 7:00pm US Central Daylight Time!

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

Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every year. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our 2022 edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” designed by the talented Lyda Guz!

The shirts are silk screened here in Austin at a fantastic locally-owned print shop and are available for purchase via mail order. The new “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” Mermaid, Cowboy,” and “Austin Lasso” shirts are $20 – all other styles are $15. Please drop us a line if you’d like to purchase a shirt (or two or three). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.


September 8, 2022: I’ll Never Fall In Love Again!

Dionne WarwickThe Austin Ukulele Society held its in-person meeting with about 90 enthusiastic friends, from near and far. We’re thrilled to have been back to meeting in person for six months now, and it’s notable that each month we have first-timers, including friends from afar (shout out to Becky S. for driving from Abilene to join us live, after spending many months with us at virtual meetings). After we took some time to introduce ourselves and share some local ukulele news, we dove right into our warm-up song: Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”

Next, Bob shared some helpful info about the lovely Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition, “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” before performing his arrangement, based on Dionne Warwick’s hit 1969 recording. Bacharach/David collaborations have yielded so many beautiful, cheery and timeless pop songs, and we’ve enjoyed learning a couple of their tunes in the past.

He then led us through exercises to get us comfortable with the chords and chord progressions and strum pattern/one-strum option. We practiced the picking and vocal harmonizing opportunities as well. After we played it through a couple of times, we took a break to enjoy some fabulous open mic talent.

We heard a diverse array of covers by Jay Clement, Rich Cogbill and Helen Haake as well as an original song paying homage to the ukulele, by THE John Davenport. We’re so fortunate to have this delightful portion of the evening!

We got back to practicing “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” and making our video and audio recording for you to enjoy, where you are, and to of course play along with. Be on the lookout for the video of our performance, coming soon to our YouTube channel. πŸ™‚

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide (what we project on the screen for all to follow along, including exercises and drills).

We hope you have as much fun as we did, and we’ll look forward to ‘seeing’ everyone at the livestream meeting on Thursday, September 22!! πŸ™‚

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!


Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” designed by the talented Lyda Guz!

The shirts are silk screened here in Austin at a fantastic locally-owned print shop and are available for purchase via mail order. The new “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” Mermaid, Cowboy,” and “Austin Lasso” shirts are $20 – all other styles are $15. Please drop us a line if you’d like to purchase a shirt (or two or three). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.

August 11, 2022: Heart of Gold!

Neil YoungA group of about 85 friendly ukulele players got together on a warm August night for the monthly in-person Austin Ukulele Society meeting. We kicked off the evening with introductions, upcoming event info (including our August 20 Ukulele Open Mic event at Kick Butt Coffee), and happy voices singing our warm-up song, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”

Next, we dove into our featured song: Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold.” This song was released 50 years ago and was Young’s only #1 hit in the U.S. It’s a beautiful folk/rock ballad that has stood the test of time, as it’s been covered by other artists for years, including Willie Nelson, Bettye LaVette and Passenger, to name just a few.

Bob shared some fun facts about “Heart of Gold,” then performed it, to demonstrate his arrangement. Bob showed us helpful exercises on the chords, chord progressions, strum patterns, picking parts and harmonizing options. We all enjoyed working on each part of the song and then putting it together to play through.

We practiced “Heart of Gold” a few more times before recording ourselves to share with all on YouTube. Special thanks to Jay Clement for accompanying us on U-bass. We hope you enjoy listening and playing along! Be on the lookout for the video of our performance, coming soon to our YouTube channel. πŸ™‚

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Heart of Gold” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide (what we project on the screen for all to follow along, including exercises and drills).

We took a break for our talented group of open mic participants: Kelly did a lovely version of “Build Me Up Buttercup,” Jay performed a terrific cover of “King of the Road” on his U-bass, and THE John Davenport played a terrific original song. The audience had a blast helping out on vocal harmonies for all!

We’re all looking forward to our upcoming Ukulele Open Mic Event – see you there on Saturday, August 20. And join us on September 8 for our next in-person monthly meeting and September 22 for our next live-stream!! πŸ™‚

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!


Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” designed by the talented Lyda Guz!

The shirts are silk screened here in Austin at a fantastic locally-owned print shop and are available for purchase via mail order. The new “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” Mermaid, Cowboy,” and “Austin Lasso” shirts are $20 – all other styles are $15. Please drop us a line if you’d like to purchase a shirt (or two or three). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.

July 14, 2022: Friday I’m In Love!

The CureOver eighty ukulele players gathered on a warm summer night at the July 14 Austin Ukulele Society meeting, to strum and sing together. After introductions and sharing some local news, including info about Sho Humphries’ upcoming workshop and concert on July 28, we warmed up our fingers and voices with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”

We enjoy doing an upbeat, cheerful pop song from time to time, and we were excited to do our first ever song by the very popular and prolific British band, The Cure: β€œFriday I’m In Love”. It was a huge hit in 1992 and still gets plenty of air play.

Bob shared some information on and performed his lovely arrangement of The Cure’s “Friday I’m In Love.” He then led us through very helpful exercises to practice the chords, chord transitions and progressions as well as the finger-picking and vocal harmony options. We played through the song a couple of times and sounded great.

We practiced “Friday I’m In Love” a few more times before recording ourselves to share with all on YouTube. We hope you enjoy strumming along from home with us, so be on the lookout for the video of our performance, coming soon to our YouTube channel. πŸ™‚

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Friday I’m In Love” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide (what we project on the screen for all to follow along, including exercises and drills).

Sho Humphries performed his terrific original composition, “Dream Again,” during the open mic portion of the evening! We hope to see our local friends at Sho’s workshop on July 28. Contact Us to reserve your spot today!

We look forward to seeing you on August 11 for our next monthly meeting!! πŸ™‚

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!


Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” designed by the talented Lyda Guz!

The shirts are silk screened here in Austin at a fantastic locally-owned print shop and are available for purchase via mail order. The new “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” Mermaid, Cowboy,” and “Austin Lasso” shirts are $20 – all other styles are $15. Please drop us a line if you’d like to purchase a shirt (or two or three). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.

June 23, 2022: Margaritaville!

The Austin Ukulele Society hosted its first virtual meeting in 3 months, on June 23rd, and it was such a blast to connect with 130 of our friends, near and far. Ukers from England to Vietnam, Singapore to Germany, Australia to England, and Germany to Brazil, joined in with coast-to-coast uke players in the U.S. and Canada, to learn to sing and strum Jimmy Buffet’s timeless and idyllic beach/island-life tune, “Margaritaville.”Β  πŸ’“

Bob shared some local uke news and then took us through our warm-up song, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Then he dove into the tutorial he prepared for “Margaritaville,” leading us through helpful exercises on the strum style, chord progressions, and picking options. We had a lot fun practicing the various components, and we really enjoyed putting the song together to play and sing through a couple of times, near the end of the meeting.


“Searchin’ for that lost shaker of salt.”

A big thank you to Bob for being a thoughtful and thorough instructor, and much appreciation to Lyda for running the presentation and to Jen for moderating the chat.

You can download the lyrics, chords, and tab for “Margaritaville,” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide, including exercises and drills. You can also watch a replay of the June 23 live stream. Watch the entire show or jump to the part you most want to see!
● Welcome and announcements
● “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
● Bob’s “Margaritaville” tutorial
● “On the Road Again” closing song
● Our 2016 performance of “Margaritaville”.

Before we said good night, Bob shared some of the great collaborative videos produced by our friends Marty Porter and Paul Butler of our past virtual meetings as well as some videos from recent Austin Ukulele Society in-person meetings.

Thank you for joining us, sending in your selfies, and staying connected!

We hope you’ll keep strumming and singing – we’ll see our local friends at the in-person meeting on July 14, and we’ll look forward to ‘seeing’ our extended ukulele family at the next virtual meeting on September 22. Stay in touch, keep strumming, and keep an eye on the Austin Ukulele Society’s YouTube channel. πŸ™‚








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!

Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” designed by the talented Lyda Guz!

The shirts are silk screened here in Austin at a fantastic locally-owned print shop and are available for purchase via mail order. The new “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” Mermaid, Cowboy,” and “Austin Lasso” shirts are $20 – all other styles are $15. Please drop us a line if you’d like to purchase a shirt (or two or three). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.

June 9, 2022: Every Breath You Take

The PoliceWe were thrilled to hold our June in-person meeting on Thursday, June 9th, with around 110 ukulele enthusiasts from all walks of life. We were so happy to welcome seasoned and new members alike and to see some friends we had not seen since February 2020.

As you may have guessed, we are more than a bit partial to rock/pop music from the 1980’s. Since we’ve never before done a song by the talented and incredibly popular rock band The Police, this was THE month to do it! We learned “Every Breath You Take,” a 1983/84 #1 hit in the U.S. and one of The Police’s most popular and enduring tunes.

As usual, Bob kicked off the meeting by setting the agenda, introducing Jen Richardson and himself and then giving everyone a chance to share their name (and location, if visiting from outside the area). After intros, we warmed up our voices and fingers with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Then Bob shared some information about The Police’s timeless, mega-hit from 1983/84, “Every Breath You Take,” before giving us a lovely demo performance of his arrangement.

The group enjoyed working on all aspects of the song through exercises Bob had prepared of the chord transitions, strum style, tab options and harmonizing opportunities. We got to sounding so good that Bob turned the cameras on and made a recording to share with our YouTube family around the globe. Look for the video of our performance, coming soon to our YouTube channel. πŸ™‚

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Every Breath You Take” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide (what we project on the screen for all to follow along, including exercises and drills).

We thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic and eclectic Open Mic portion of the evening. Jessica, Rodger, Rich, Tate & Mason, and Sho & Shin all performed creative and cool covers that emphasized not just their talent but how versatile our mighty uke can be. We appreciate our open mic performers!

Please join us for our virtual meeting on our YouTube channel on Thursday, June 23 and at our next in-person meeting on Thursday, July 14. Be well and we look forward to seeing you then!! πŸ™‚

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!


Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” designed by the talented Lyda Guz!

The shirts are silk screened here in Austin at a fantastic locally-owned print shop and are available for purchase via mail order. The new “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” Mermaid, Cowboy,” and “Austin Lasso” shirts are $20 – all other styles are $15. Please drop us a line if you’d like to purchase a shirt (or two or three). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.

May 12, 2022: Jolene!

JoleneOn a warm and lovely May evening, 100+ members of the Austin Ukulele Society gathered together, in person, for a night of community ukulele music. It is truly wonderful seeing the faces of our Austin-area friends, and we were also delighted to welcome uke players from Madison, WI, Cape Cod, MA, McGregor, TX and Dallas, TX.

Our evening started out, as usual, with introductions and local ukulele news. Then Bob took us through our warm-up song, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”

We love learning songs from different genres and spanning many decades, so it’s always fun to choose each month’s new-to-us song. Since we hadn’t done a country song in a while and have long wanted to do a Dolly Parton song, we were VERY excited to learn her 1973 hit β€œJolene.” It’s Dolly’s most-covered song, and has been covered over the decades by many, including Olivia Newton John, The White Stripes, and Lil Nas X. πŸ™‚

Bob shared information about his arrangement of “Jolene,” before performing it for us. He took us through some very useful exercises on the strum style, chord progressions, fingerpicking options and harmonizing possibilities. We had fun trying out each component of the song and then putting it together to play through a couple of times. As we practiced, we sounded better and better each time, and recorded it for your listening and playing-along pleasure – we hope you enjoy it!

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Jolene” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide (what we project on the screen for all to follow along, including exercises and drills).

During our open mic session, we enjoyed the talents of Jay Clement, Kelly Howard, and Kim Carducci. Thanks for your excellent performances!

We look forward to seeing you again on Thursday, June 9, for our next in-person meeting at MUMC! πŸ™‚

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!


Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” designed by the talented Lyda Guz!

The shirts are silk screened here in Austin at a fantastic locally-owned print shop and are available for purchase via mail order. The new “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” Mermaid, Cowboy,” and “Austin Lasso” shirts are $20 – all other styles are $15. Please drop us a line if you’d like to purchase a shirt (or two or three). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.

April 14, 2022: Don’t Look Back In Anger!

OasisOn a beautiful spring evening, a great group of ukulele players from the Austin area and beyond gathered in central Austin for the enjoyable opportunity of playing music together. Many, many thanks to all who came out to join the fun!

The evening began with local ukulele news, including the happy occasions of the Tuesday Uke Group (TUG) beginning in-person meetings again soon. South Austin Ukulele Community & Events (SAUCE) will also resume in the near future, so keep an eye out for more info there, too! After introductions and news were shared, Bob led us through our ever-cheerful warm-up song, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”

It has been aΒ VERY long time since we’ve gotten to play a great rock ‘n’ roll anthem together as a large group. Some of our favorite group meeting tunes have been up-tempo, huge rock hits, from across the decades. For April’s meeting, we strummed, sang and rocked out to a 1995 hit by English rock band Oasis: “Don’t Look Back in Anger.”Β  πŸ™‚

Bob shared some info about his arrangement and gave us a great demo performance of it. He took us through helpful exercises to get comfortable with the tempo, chords, chord changes, strum styles and picking options. We put it all together and got better each time we played it through. We recorded this terrific performance and play-along video, so that you can rock out with the AUS, from wherever you are:

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Don’t Look Back In Anger” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide (what we project on the screen for all to follow along, including exercises and drills).

The talented Jay Clement treated us to his beautiful rendition of the classic song, “Paper Doll,” written in 1915 (but made famous in the 40’s by The Mill Brothers). Thanks Jay!

Be well and we’ll see you at the in-person Thursday, May 12th meeting! πŸ™‚

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!


Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” designed by the talented Lyda Guz!

The shirts are silk screened here in Austin at a fantastic locally-owned print shop and are available for purchase via mail order. The new “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” Mermaid, Cowboy,” and “Austin Lasso” shirts are $20 – all other styles are $15. Please drop us a line if you’d like to purchase a shirt (or two or three). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.

March 31, 2022: Raindrops Keep Fallin’!

The Austin Ukulele Society was thrilled to have a live-streamed meeting on March 31, with 130+ ukulele players joining in from all over the U.S., Canada, Australia, Brazil, Singapore, England and Spain. We’re grateful, as always, for your participation and positive feedback! πŸ’“

Our virtual meetings will give us the opportunity to take deep dives into learning songs from past AUS live meetings, with detailed tutorials presented by Bob (and live Q&A fielded by Jen and Lyda). This time we revisited a tune AUS first played in September 2014: the Hal David/Burt Bacharach classic made famous by BJ Thomas: β€œRaindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head.” We love this upbeat, humorous and beautifully-composed song and hope you appreciated this delightful tune as much as we do.

Bob led the group through our warm-up song – Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” He then dove into a detailed tutorial of “Raindrops.” Bob led us through helpful exercises to get us comfortable playing the chords, chord progressions, strum styles and more. We put it all together and sounded terrific when we played it through twice, and we look forward to our collaborative video with friends from all over again, too.

A big thank you to Bob for being a thoughtful and thorough instructor, and much appreciation to Lyda for running the presentation and to Jen for moderating the chat.

You can download the lyrics, chords, and tab for “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide, including exercises and drills. You can also watch a replay of the March 31 live stream. Watch the entire show or jump to the part you most want to see!
● Welcome and announcements
● “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
● Bob’s “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” tutorial
● “On the Road Again” closing song
● Our 2014 performance of “Raindrops”.

Before saying goodnight, we premiered the group video of our February song: Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” expertly edited by Marty Porter and mixed by Paul Butler. Thanks to Jen Richardson for skillfully coordinating communications with all the participants.

Huge thanks and congratulations to every one of our very talented participants: Heiko and Svenja Andresen, Vany Anyc, Chris Armstrong, Shelly Benjamin, Patrice Bovero, Susan Burke, Linda Christensen, Deana Dossey, Pam Ellis, Victor Erickson, Ina Ferrara, Shel Fung, Bob Guz, Jens Haag, David Haye, The Hayes, Gail Johnson, Sandy Johnson, Sue Kaneko, Mary Kealy, Arlene Krassner, Ann Kuehnel, Errol Lipschitz, Andrew Matlaga, Margaret McCrank, Irene Messina, Michael Paderes, Beth Pickens, Jean Pollack, Leslie Poppen, Kim Prezio, Sabine PΓΌtz, Jerry Raihl, Jen Richardson, Darrell Rose, Laurel Rulison, Al Saloha, Martha Schreffler, Janet Shimzu, LeAynne Snell, Paula Taylor, Michelle Whitehead and Steve Workman. Absolutely beautiful work everyone! Check it out:

Thank you for joining us, sending in your selfies, and staying connected!

We look forward to anyone local or visiting joining us at our upcoming in-person meeting on April 14. Of course, we’ll all be looking forward to our next virtual meeting on Thursday, June 23, too. Stay in touch, keep strumming, and keep an eyeΒ on the Austin Ukulele Society’s YouTube channel. πŸ™‚







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!

Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” designed by the talented Lyda Guz!

The shirts are silk screened here in Austin at a fantastic locally-owned print shop and are available for purchase via mail order. The new “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” Mermaid, Cowboy,” and “Austin Lasso” shirts are $20 – all other styles are $15. Please drop us a line if you’d like to purchase a shirt (or two or three). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.


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March 10, 2022: What I’m Looking For!

U2What can we say?! There are few words that can describe the feeling of elation experienced in a room of 100 ukulele-playing friends. Bob and Jen had an absolute blast hosting the first in-person AUS meeting in two years! We are thrilled to be hearing from many who attended that you also had a wonderful time.

We brought back our tried and true format, by kicking things off with a brief introduction of the evening’s agenda and having everyone share their names (and locations, if visiting from outside of Austin). We shared some local ukulele news and had some friends mention their upcoming meetings and gigs. We warmed up our voices, hearts and fingers by playing Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” As always, we wrapped up our night with Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”

The month of March brings us many things to celebrate, including St. Patrick’s Day. We were excited to learn a big hit by one of the most popular rock bands of all time, who hail from Ireland: U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

Bob performed his lovely arrangement of the song to get us familiar with the tempo and style. We got down to business, using his thoughtfully-prepared exercises, and learned the strum style, the picking option, the chord progressions, and the vocal harmony options. We sounded great when we put it all together and played it through. Check out our performance:

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide (what we project on the screen for all to follow along, including exercises and drills).

It was fantastic to enjoy the sounds of Jay Clement, Kathy & the Kilowatts (Kathy Murray and Bill Jones), THE John Davenport and Anna K Dysart, and Jack Pott during our open mic portion of the evening.

Clockwise from top left: Kathy Murray and Bill Jones, Jack Pott, THE John Davenport and Anna Dysart, and Jay Clement

We can’t wait to see everyone back for the next in-person meeting, on Thursday, April 14. We also look forward to our upcoming virtual meeting on Thursday, March 31. Happy spring, everyone! πŸ™‚

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

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Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” designed by the talented Lyda Guz!

The shirts are silk screened here in Austin at a fantastic locally-owned print shop and are available for purchase via mail order. The new “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” Mermaid, Cowboy,” and “Austin Lasso” shirts are $20 – all other styles are $15. Please drop us a line if you’d like to purchase a shirt (or two or three). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.