To kick off its 9th year, the Austin Ukulele Society was thrilled to welcome the biggest crowd of ukulele players we’ve seen yet, as we came close to nearly 200 attendees at last Thursday’s meeting! We started off with ukulele announcements and introductions, and we warmed up our voices and fingers by singing and strumming Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Bob G. demonstrated his arrangement of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” and we couldn’t help but sing along with him on this infectiously catchy classic. Bob took us through some helpful exercises and drills on the chord progressions, strumming techniques and vocal harmonizing options. We put it all together and truly enjoyed playing and singing “Sweet Caroline” before recording it to share with our YouTube ukulele community around the world. We hope you enjoy it!
To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Sweet Caroline” 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).
Betty, Jay, Richard and Kaya treated us to a terrific variety of solo performances during the open mic portion of the evening. Special thanks to each of them! (And speaking of open mics, plan to attend our Ukulele Open Mic Happy Hour at Kick Butt Coffee on Saturday 2/16!)
Clockwise from top left: Betty, Richard, Kaya and Jay
As always, we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting, on Thursday, February 14th, 7:00-9:00pm. We also hope you’ll plan to attend our Ukulele Open Mic Happy Hour at Kick Butt Coffee on Saturday 2/16! 🙂
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