May 10, 2018: Rebels Just for Kicks!

The May 2018 Austin Ukulele Society meeting was a blast, with about 160 ukulele players kicking it Portugal. The Man-style by learning to strum and sing their huge hit “Feel It Still“!

Our meeting began with introductions and some local ukulele news, including reminders to support local ukulele musicians’ shows, learning workshops, and other chances to learn and play with other ukulele jams/groups around town. Remember, you can always keep up with these opportunities on our website, under the Events and Learning tabs. The group then warmed up, as usual, with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”

To help introduce us to our new song of the month, Bob performed, along with Aaron Lewis on bass, Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still.” Bob explained that there were only two chord progressions in the song and provided some helpful exercise drills, so we all got comfortable with the chord transitions quickly. Afterward, Bob took us through some harmonizing options, and we spent some time playing and singing the song. After a few times through, we were sounding really great – so we recorded it and and are thrilled to share it with our ukulele friends around the globe, on YouTube.

Thanks again to Aaron Lewis for accompanying us on bass and a special shout out to Shin – it was wonderful to have you back! 🙂

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Feel It Still” 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).

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Once we were feeling comfortable with “Feel It Still”, we took some time to enjoy the very talented open mic participants! Christi, Sho and Shin, Gaige, Roger, and Kathy and Bill all performed a diverse selection of very creative and cool cover tunes.

(Above, clockwise from upper left: Christi, Shin and Sho, Rodger, Kathy and Bill, Gaige.)

Looking forward to strumming and singing with you all at our next monthly meeting on Thursday, June 14! 🙂

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