Our June meeting is fast approaching and we’re looking forward to strumming ukuleles and singing harmonies with you at the Austin Ukulele Society’s next monthly meeting on Thursday, June 13, 7:00–9:00pm! 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.
This month, we’ll go back forty-something years to learn a delightfully catchy 1972 pop/rock hit by Carly Simon, which has definitely stood the test of time in its popularity – “You’re So Vain.” It has been covered, sampled, used in films, and more, so you are likely to quickly recognize it and find yourself singing along. Bob’s arrangement is in the key of Am, like the original, so you can strum right along with Carly Simon on her original recording.
You can practice “You’re So Vain” by downloading the chord chart here. Bob’s arrangement is quite close to the original recording (but please note – to keep it a bit simpler and shorter, he dropped the guitar solo verse between the second Chorus and Verse 3). Pages 1 through 4 show the lyrics and chords. Page 5 has tabs for picking parts that appear in the Intro and the Ending, as well as a brief vocal harmony that appears in each verse. Pages 6 and 7 show notations for the vocal melody and harmony that can be sung in each Chorus and the Ending.
We encourage you to review and practice the song, especially if you plan to pick the riffs or sing the harmonies. At the meeting, Bob will share some more details about this great song, perform it to demonstrate the arrangement, and then take us through some helpful exercises to get us comfortable playing each component before we put it all together.
We’ll also 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. As open mic time is limited to five participants, please sign up when you arrive and understand that preference will be given to those who have not participated recently or ever before.
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 loaner ukuleles at the AUS monthly meetings! They are Makala concert and soprano 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 “Music Library” 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 fabulous new “Ukulele Cowboy” design, crafted by the talented Lyda Guz and screen-printed right here in Austin! Available in 100% cotton navy blue in mens/unisex, womens, and kids styles.
This new shirt and the “Mermaid” design cost $20; all previous years’ shirts are $15. We accept cash or a check made out to the Austin Ukulele Society.
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, June 13, at 7:00pm!
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