★ Our Next Meeting: Thursday, September 13! ★

Our next meeting is fast approaching on Thursday, September 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.

As some of us were lucky enough to hear at the Ukulele Open Mic event on September 1st, Bob Guz “previewed” our featured song, performing Nick Lowe’s incredibly catchy 1979 hit “Cruel To Be Kind.” This fun tune has been on our “to do” list of songs for some time, and Bob has put together a great ukulele arrangement, in the same key as the original.

You can practice “Cruel To Be Kind” by downloading the chord chart here. And you can play right along with Nick and the boys on their original recording.

The chord chart is on pages 1 through 4. On pages 5 and 6, you’ll find vocal harmonizing options for the pre-interlude section and the choruses. Page 7 has tabs for the interlude guitar solo that can be played while some of us strum the chords.

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 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.

Location
Memorial United Methodist Church, 6100 Berkman Drive, Austin, TX 78723. We meet in the school located behind the church, in the gym.

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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, September 13, at 7:00pm!

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