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.” 💓
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. 🙂
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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). 🙂 At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.