The Austin Ukulele Society held its in-person meeting with about 90 enthusiastic friends, from near and far. We’re thrilled to have been back to meeting in person for six months now, and it’s notable that each month we have first-timers, including friends from afar (shout out to Becky S. for driving from Abilene to join us live, after spending many months with us at virtual meetings). After we took some time to introduce ourselves and share some local ukulele news, we dove right into our warm-up song: Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”
Next, Bob shared some helpful info about the lovely Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition, “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” before performing his arrangement, based on Dionne Warwick’s hit 1969 recording. Bacharach/David collaborations have yielded so many beautiful, cheery and timeless pop songs, and we’ve enjoyed learning a couple of their tunes in the past.
He then led us through exercises to get us comfortable with the chords and chord progressions and strum pattern/one-strum option. We practiced the picking and vocal harmonizing opportunities as well. After we played it through a couple of times, we took a break to enjoy some fabulous open mic talent.
We heard a diverse array of covers by Jay Clement, Rich Cogbill and Helen Haake as well as an original song paying homage to the ukulele, by THE John Davenport. We’re so fortunate to have this delightful portion of the evening!
We got back to practicing “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” and making our video and audio recording for you to enjoy, where you are, and to of course play along with. Be on the lookout for the video of our performance, coming soon to our YouTube channel. 🙂
To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” 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 hope you have as much fun as we did, and we’ll look forward to ‘seeing’ everyone at the livestream meeting on Thursday, September 22!! 🙂
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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). 🙂 At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.