June 9, 2022: Every Breath You Take

The PoliceWe were thrilled to hold our June in-person meeting on Thursday, June 9th, with around 110 ukulele enthusiasts from all walks of life. We were so happy to welcome seasoned and new members alike and to see some friends we had not seen since February 2020.

As you may have guessed, we are more than a bit partial to rock/pop music from the 1980’s. Since we’ve never before done a song by the talented and incredibly popular rock band The Police, this was THE month to do it! We learned “Every Breath You Take,” a 1983/84 #1 hit in the U.S. and one of The Police’s most popular and enduring tunes.

As usual, Bob kicked off the meeting by setting the agenda, introducing Jen Richardson and himself and then giving everyone a chance to share their name (and location, if visiting from outside the area). After intros, we warmed up our voices and fingers with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Then Bob shared some information about The Police’s timeless, mega-hit from 1983/84, “Every Breath You Take,” before giving us a lovely demo performance of his arrangement.

The group enjoyed working on all aspects of the song through exercises Bob had prepared of the chord transitions, strum style, tab options and harmonizing opportunities. We got to sounding so good that Bob turned the cameras on and made a recording to share with our YouTube family around the globe. Look for the video of our performance, coming soon to our YouTube channel. πŸ™‚

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Every Breath You Take” 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).

We thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic and eclectic Open Mic portion of the evening. Jessica, Rodger, Rich, Tate & Mason, and Sho & Shin all performed creative and cool covers that emphasized not just their talent but how versatile our mighty uke can be. We appreciate our open mic performers!

Please join us for our virtual meeting on our YouTube channel on Thursday, June 23 and at our next in-person meeting on Thursday, July 14. Be well and we look forward to seeing you then!! πŸ™‚

For more downloadable music, visit our Ukulele Music Library. For more Austin Ukulele Society videos, check out our YouTube Channel.

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Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” designed by the talented Lyda Guz!

The shirts are silk screened here in Austin at a fantastic locally-owned print shop and are available for purchase via mail order. The new “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” Mermaid, Cowboy,” and “Austin Lasso” shirts are $20 – all other styles are $15. Please drop us a line if you’d like to purchase a shirt (or two or three). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.