On a warm September summer evening in Austin, over 160 ukulele players of all skill levels and ages – along with upright bass player Gary – gathered to strum and sing together. The atmosphere was especially warm and inviting, as we got ready to learn a song that nearly everyone in the room was familiar with: John Denver’s hugely popular global hit, “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” This song has been covered by MANY famous artists and played across the world at ukulele (and other instrument) clubs, so it was as good a time as any for the Austin Ukulele Society to share our take on it, too. After warming up our fingers and voices with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds,” Bob took the group through helpful drills and practices of the chord progressions for each part of the song, and he also taught us some vocal harmonizing options. Afterward, we put the whole song together and played it through a few times, sounding better and better with each try. We took a break from practicing “Take Me Home, Country Roads” to hear great covers, instrumentals, Argentinian folk songs, and originals performed by our talented open mic participants. After the open mic performances, we played “Country Roads” a couple more times and then recorded it for ourselves and our YouTube friends around the world:
To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for “Take Me Home, Country Roads” 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).
Big thanks to Janet, Bentley and Carlos, Richard, the Austin Ukestra, Jen, and Sophia for sharing such a variety of great music with us!
We look forward to seeing many of you at the Sahara Lounge for the “Ukulele Summer” fundraiser concert on September 28th (benefitting the Port Aransas Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund) and back at our next monthly meeting on Thursday, October 12th at 7:00pm! 🙂
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