We’re looking forward to making music with you again at the Austin Ukulele Society’s next meeting on Thursday, July 12, 7:00–8:45pm! Be there to strum and sing along with ukulele players of all levels. We’ll meet, as usual, at the Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 6100 Berkman Drive, Austin, TX, 78723.
Prince was one of the most talented musicians and prolific songwriters of the past several decades, and since his untimely passing two years ago we’ve wanted to pay tribute by playing one of his songs at a monthly meeting. At our next meeting we’ll learn to strum and sing “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man.” This infectious pop rock song was a hit from Prince’s 1987 album “Sign ‘O’ the Times,” an album still ranked by many publications and consumers as one of the greatest of all time.
You can practice “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man” by downloading the chord chart here.
Prince’s original studio recording is in the key of C, which Bob also used for our arrangement, so you can strum right along with the Artist. Page 5 of the chord chart includes a tab for a picking part, and page 4 provides some tips that we hope will be helpful for practicing one of the song’s main chord progressions. Our arrangement includes a repeat of the chorus at the end (in place of Prince’s impressive guitar solo), but apart from that, it’s very close to the original.
At the meeting, Bob will share more details about the arrangement, perform it for us as an example and then take us through some helpful exercises and drills, to help us get familiar with the song and comfortable with playing and singing it.
We’ll include some open mic time for those of you who’d like to showcase a tune you’ve been working on. A sign-up sheet will be available at 6:30.
Memorial United Methodist Church, 6100 Berkman Drive, Austin, TX 78723. We meet in the school located behind the church, in the gym.
Where to park and find the gym
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 anywhere 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!
Our friends from the TUG (Tuesday Ukulele Group) now make available five loaner ukuleles at the AUS monthly meetings! They are all Makala Concert ukes, and you can borrow one to play during the meeting. You’ll find them at the front of the room; so if you don’t have a uke yet, or you forget your uke at home, or your uke is in disrepair, please join us and borrow a TUG loaner uke. 🙂
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” and “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.
As always, we’ll have plenty of Austin Ukulele Society t-shirts available for purchase – including our latest design below, crafted by the talented Lyda Guz!
Our newest shirt will cost $20; all previous years’ shirts are $15. We accept cash or a check made out to Bob Guz or Jen Richardson.
Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, July 12, at 7:00pm!
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