The Austin Ukulele Society was thrilled to host its 100th consecutive, always free and open to everyone, monthly meeting on April 11th, 2019, with over 200 members of our ukulele community in attendance! In addition to having in-person friends who drove from as far as Friendswood, TX, we were delighted to expand the horizons of our meeting’s attendance by live streaming part of the meeting, for the first time ever. An additional 59 ukulele friends from far and wide, joined us virtually via our YouTube channel – and played along with us on our warm up song, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” You can watch a recording of the live streaming event on YouTube.
To commemorate our journey to 100 meetings, we learned one of the most inspirational hits of all time: Journey’s 1981 classic “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Bob led us through some very helpful exercises and drills so that the group could get comfortable with the chord progressions, strumming styles, picking options and harmonies. We sounded better and better each time we played the song through. The added enhancements of Bob’s solo and Aaron Lewis’ u-bass playing truly added some magic to our interpretation of Journey’s epic tune. We appreciate all of the positive feedback from our YouTube ukulele friends!
To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Don’t Stop Believin'” 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).
As always, we’re very grateful to our amazing open mic participants. Sho and Shin did a great Stevie Ray Vaughan cover, while Walter wowed us on a uke and kazoo version of a nearly-100-old-song tune. Jay did a rousing cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together” and welcomed plenty of audience participation. Kathy and Bill payed tribute to a dear friend and musician on an original song written by Kathy. Victoria performed a beautiful arrangement of Pink Floyd’s “Is There Anybody Out There” on guitalele.
We hope that you’ll all join us for our next meeting, on Thursday, May 9th! 🙂
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