Our March meeting is fast approaching! We’re looking forward to strumming ukuleles and singing harmonies with you at the Austin Ukulele Society monthly meeting on Thursday, March 14, 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.
Since we kicked off the year by learning classic tunes like “Sweet Caroline” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” we thought this month would be a good time to do a contemporary song. So we’ll learn to play and sing Florence + The Machine’s 2015 infectious hit “Ship to Wreck.” If you’re not yet familiar with this song, we know you’ll quickly see the appeal of its poppy pre-chorus and chorus as well as Florence Welch’s passionate vocals.
You can practice “Ship To Wreck” by downloading the chord chart here. Like the original, the arrangement Bob prepared for us is in the key of C, so you can play right along with Florence + The Machine’s official video on YouTube. Also check out Florence’s terrific performance of this song on Saturday Night Live.
Please spend some time previewing the full six pages of Bob’s downloadable arrangement. Pages 1 through 3 have the chord chart with lyrics. Page 4 has tabs for the riff that appears in the intro, chorus, and other spots. Page 5 shows the melody and harmony parts for the vocals in each chorus, and Page 6 shows the melody and harmony parts in the pre-chorus for the lyric “And oh, my love remind me…”.
At the meeting, Bob will share more details about the song, perform it to demonstrate the arrangement, and then take us through some helpful exercises to get us comfortable playing and singing each component before we put it all together.
We’ll also 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. As open mic time is limited to five participants, please sign up when you arrive and understand that preference will be given to those who have not participated recently or ever before.
Memorial United Methodist Church, 6100 Berkman Drive, Austin, TX 78723. We meet in the school located behind the church, in the gym.
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 loaner ukuleles at the AUS monthly meetings! They are Makala concert and soprano 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 “Music Library” 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 fabulous new “Ukulele Cowboy” design, crafted by the talented Lyda Guz and screen-printed right here in Austin! Available in 100% cotton navy blue in mens/unisex, womens, and kids styles.
This new shirt and the “Mermaid” design cost $20; all previous years’ shirts are $15. We accept cash or a check made out to Bob Guz or Jen Richardson.
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, March 14, at 7:00pm!
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