The Austin Ukulele Society’s July virtual meeting was a lot of fun, with over 200 ukulele enthusiasts of all skill levels joining in to play and sing. From Hawaii to Nova Scotia, Australia to Germany and points all over the continental U.S., we enjoyed sharing the global ukulele spirit with our friends. After some greetings, Bob shared news about upcoming ukulele events, including the upcoming Kick Butt Coffee Benefit Ukulele Concert hosted by the Austin Ukulele Society and Sho Humphries on Saturday, July 25, at 5:00pm US Central Time. It’ll be streamed on the AUS YouTube channel, and everyone is invited to tune in (and, if possible, donate to this wonderful and quirky Austin venue, struggling while closed throughout the shelter-in-place orders).
As usual, we warmed up our hands, voices and spirits with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds,” then dove into learning our featured song. The Beach Boys conjure up images of favorite summer pastimes like going to the beach, surfing, daydreaming, and more. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” is a delightful musical endeavor with a theme of summertime yearning, and we’re glad everyone was so positive about learning this fun (and a little challenging) song. Bob did a fantastic job of breaking down the song into components, to help everyone get comfortable with the chords, including chord progressions, positioning and alternatives. He went through strum styles in detail as well as options for picking. With Bob’s guidance, we all felt ready to play the song through a few times. We then wrapped up the evening with Willie Nelson’s timeless “On the Road Again.”
A big thanks to Bob Guz for sharing his expertise, Lyda Guz for timely presenting of the PowerPoint slides, and Jen Richardson for moderating and responding to the live commenting.
You can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide, including exercises and drills. You can also watch a replay of the webcast. Watch the entire show or jump to the part you most want to see!
● “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
● Bob’s “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” Tutorial
● “On the Road Again” closing song
We love all of the feedback and photos you sent! The feedback was very thoughtful and kind, and we’re so glad everyone felt they learned something.
We look forward to having you join us for our next virtual meeting on Thursday, August 13, at 7:00pm U.S. Central Time! Take care and be well until then, friends. 🙂
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