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October 8, 2020: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots!

Flaming LipsHappy Halloween, friends! Spook-ulele players from around the globe joined in for the Austin Ukulele Society’s virtual October meeting. It was wonderful to greet friends from as far as Peru, Germany and Canada, as well as our Austin-area longtime friends and many acquaintances from around the U.S. We kicked off the meeting with some ukulele news, including a recap of Lil Rev’s September 25th finger-picking workshop and concert, plus a reminder to check out our website’s Events tab for info about local uke bands who may have virtual and/or socially distanced live music to enjoy. We then warmed up our voices, hearts and fingers with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”

As is our habit in October, we picked a song that could easily fit into your Halloween-themed playlist: the Flaming Lips’ “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1“. It was a really fun choice, and we’re so glad to hear both from long-time fans of the Flaming Lips, and from many of you who didn’t previously know the song, that you really enjoyed getting familiar with it. Bob broke down the song to teach us each part – the strum styles, the chord shapes and progressions, as well as the tab and finger-picking options. After practicing each part, we confidently played and sang the song through a couple of times.

Before the meeting ended, we played our closing song – Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”

We’re grateful, as always, to Lyda and Jen’s contributions to helping the meeting run smoothly – Lyda’s excellent presentation skills and Jen’s moderation of the chat are essential, and an extra thanks to Jen for battling the bad troll-bots while we learned “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.” πŸ™‚

You can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” 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!
      β— Welcome
      β— “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
      β— Bob’s “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” Tutorial
      β— “On the Road Again” closing song
      β— Bob’s demo video of “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots”

Thank you for joining us, sending in your selfies, and being so positive! We hope you have a safe and happy Halloween, and that you stay healthy through the pandemic.

We’re looking forward to “seeing” you all again at our November 12 meeting! 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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β˜… Lil Rev Workshop and Concert: Friday, September 25! β˜…

Hello friends! The Austin Ukulele Society is excited to host a virtual workshop and concert with the one and only Lil Rev! We’ll go live on the Austin Ukulele Society YouTube channel on Friday, September 25th, from 7:00 – 9:00pm, CDT. If you had the pleasure of attending Lil Rev’s in-person workshop with us in January 2018 or back in 2012, you know first-hand what an excellent experience you’ll have. And if you haven’t experienced Lil Rev’s magic yet, then you’re in for a treat!

The workshop and performance are open to all, and Lil Rev will gratefully accept tips (recommended donations of $10-20 per attendee, which can be paid directly to him via PayPal, Venmo or by check. Donation information will be posted during the event.

Simply click the YouTube Live Event to join when we go live on September 25 at 7:00pm US Central Daylight Time (GMT -05:00)!

A recording of the workshop and concert will be available only until October 10 at noon US Central Daylight Time!

Workshop: Fingerpicking On The Ukulele
This is an intro level course that teaches six different fingerpicking patterns with simple 2 and 3 chord songs, that we’ll try them out with. Together we’ll explore: Inside/Outside Pattern, Outside/Inside Pattern, The Pinch, Alternating Thumb Patterns, Arpeggios for song accompaniment and adding variety when backing up others who are strumming. In addition to this, we’ll learn a Texas Blues Classic by the late Blues Legend Mance Lipscomb, and arpeggiate a 150-year old shaker Hymn along with much more! All levels are welcome.

Lil Rev is a world-class entertainer and steward of vintage song and lore. Performing with ukulele, harmonica, mandolin, guitar and banjo, Rev has an unmatched repertoire of both traditional and original song, poetry, storytelling and humor. Audiences will sing along, clap, laugh, and maybe even shed a tear at a Lil’ Rev performance. Both entertainer and educator, Rev is renowned as one of the preeminent ukulele instructors and performers in the nation with seven instructional books to his credit. Learn more about Lil Rev on his website.

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September 10, 2020: Can’t Fight This Feeling!

REO Speedwagon

For the Austin Ukulele Society’s September meeting, nearly two hundred ukulele enthusiasts from around the globe met up to sing, strum and pick together virtually. We enjoyed greeting friends from Peru to India, Australia to Canada, Germany to Singapore, and many U.S. states. Bob kicked off the meeting by sharing some ukulele news, including info about the upcoming Lil Rev workshop and concert we’re hosting on Friday, September 25. We warmed up our fingers and voices with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Next, Bob demonstrated his terrific arrangement of the classic power-ballad by REO Speedwagon, “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” Bob then took us through the exercises he’d prepared, which helped us learn the strumming style, the picking options, and the chord changes for this huge 1984 hit. When we put the song together and played it through a couple of times, everyone was feeling confident and happy! We closed out the evening by playing Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”

Many thanks to Bob Guz for sharing his expertise, Lyda Guz for presenting the PowerPoint slides, and Jen Richardson for moderating and responding to the live commenting.

  

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You can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Can’t Fight This Feeling” 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!
      β— Welcome
      β— “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
      β— Bob’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling” Tutorial
      β— Bob’s demo video of “Can’t Fight This Feeling”
      β— “On the Road Again” closing song

We love all of the selfies you sent — makes it almost feel like an in-person gathering! The many notes we received were very thoughtful and kind, and we’re so glad everyone felt they learned something!







 
We’re looking forward to “seeing” you all again at our October 8 meeting as well as the Lil Rev workshop on September 25! 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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August 13, 2020: Tin Pan Alley Medley!

On a mid-August evening, nearly 200 ukulele players on at least four continents (North America, South America, Europe and Australia) met up virtually to play music and sing songs, in pandemic-style togetherness, keeping the ukulele kindred spirit going strong. As the Austin Ukulele Society’s virtual meeting got started, everyone had a great time catching up over the live chat and seeing a cool photo of Bob’s grandpa playing ukulele in 1930. Bob then shared some local ukulele news, including a recap of our recent fundraiser for Kick Butt Coffee, and we launched into our warm up song (Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”)

Next, Bob performed his lovely arrangement of “Tin Pan Alley Medley No. 4” to demonstrate what we’d be learning to strum and sing. He led the group through helpful exercises, getting us comfortable with the tempo, chord progressions, and strum pattern. Bob answered some questions that Jen and Lyda fielded to him, and when we were feeling ready, we played the medley through a couple of times (with thundering applause at the end). πŸ™‚ Before we parted ways, we played Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”

Thank you so much to Bob Guz for his excellent teaching, Lyda Guz for managing the presentation slides and Jen Richardson for moderating the live comment/chat feed.

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You can download the lyrics and chords for “Tin Pan Alley Medley No. 4” 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!
      β— Welcome
      β— “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
      β— Bob’s “Tin Pan Alley Medley” Tutorial
      β— “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 hope you all stay healthy and well over the coming weeks, and we look forward to you joining us at the September 10th meeting! 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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Kick Butt Virtual Concert: July 25, 2020!

Kick Butt CoffeeHello, friends! Bob, Sho and Jen want to express many, many thanks to our fans and friends who tuned in and donated generously to Kick Butt! It feels wonderful to have had an immediate impact on a venue we all treasure. Kick Butt is a great friend to a huge area of performing arts, including all genres of music, spoken word, and comedy. Their support of the ukulele community, by hosting Austin Ukulele Society ukulele open mic nights, Kevin Carroll’s Ukulele Joy events, and Cynthia Lin for a uke jam and concert, is unparalleled.

Thomas Gohring, or Master Gohring as he is affectionately (and appropriately) called, sent us this note: “You raised $1,583.58 (not including any checks that may be sent)… I am deeply touched and eternally grateful. I just transferred the funds to Kick Butt; this will be an immediate help to cover outstanding paychecks and expenses for Kick Butt.”

 
In case you didn’t get to view the show, the performance was recorded and is viewable on the AUS YouTube channel:

Heartfelt thanks to the wonderful artists who so generously donated their time and talent for the concert! Please visit their websites and support them!


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. πŸ™‚

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July 9, 2020: Wouldn’t It Be Nice

Beach_BoysThe 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.

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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!
      β— Welcome
      β— “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
      β— Bob’s “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” Tutorial
      β— “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. πŸ™‚

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

Contact Us if you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list!


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June 11, 2020: Make You Feel My Love

AdeleThe June meeting of the Austin Ukulele Society was a terrific experience for all who joined in! Over 225 ukulele players from all around the world, including Australia, Brazil, numerous U.S. locales and several provinces of Canada, greeted each other, Bob, Jen and Lyda and got ready to make music together. πŸ™‚ We kicked off the meeting by warming up our fingers and voices with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” before learning to strum and pick the beautiful ballad “Make You Feel My Love.” Written and recorded by Bob Dylan in 1997, it has been a hit for several great artists, but made most famous by Adele, who recorded it on her first album in 2008.

Bob took us through some very helpful exercises which covered chord progressions, strum styles, tips on making chord changes, and options for various chord formations. He also spent time on finger-picking techniques that had many of us “never-pickers” feeling a lot more confident about picking “Make You Feel My Love” as well as practicing it more in the future. πŸ™‚ After we learned all of the parts of “Make You Feel My Love,” we played it through a couple of times. We wrapped up our meeting, as always, with Wilie Nelson’s “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. Please send us an email (austinukes @ gmail.com) if you’d like to participate in the collaborative video for “Make You Feel My Love” that our friend Marty Porter will produce later this month.

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You can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Make You Feel My Love” 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!
      β— Welcome
      β— “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
      β— Bob’s “Make You Feel My Love” Tutorial
      β— “On the Road Again”

We love all of the feedback and photos you sent! The feedback was very thoughtful and kind, and we’re so glad everyone felt like they learned something.





 
We look forward to having you join us for our next virtual meeting on Thursday, July 9, at 7:00pm U.S. Central Time! πŸ™‚

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

Contact Us if you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list!


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May 14, 2020: I Wanna Dance!

I Wanna DanceOn a pleasant May evening (in Austin, TX), about 300 friends from around the globe met virtually, via YouTube, for the Austin Ukulele Society’s meeting. It was fun to welcome back our Austin-area friends, visitors from around the country and globe that joined us virtually in April, and first timers as well. Uke players from New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, England, Ireland, Brazil, Canada, and all parts of the U.S. joined in!

Huge thanks to Jen Richardson for her excellent moderating and responding to the comments in the Live Chat. Thanks also to Lyda Guz for running the PowerPoint presentations.

Our friend Marty Porter will be producing a collaborative video to accompany Bob’s cover of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody. If you’re interested in participating, please email AustinUkes @ gmail.com as soon as possible to receive instructions on how to create and submit a video of you playing/singing the song.

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After sharing some local and virtual ukulele news/jams/concerts, we warmed up our voices and fingers with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Then we jumped into this month’s song. We’ve long wanted to work on one of Whitney Houston’s terrific pop songs, so we were excited to learn to play and sing one of her biggest hits, 1987’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Bob Guz performed the song to demonstrate his arrangement. Next, he led us through several exercises, giving us the opportunity to practice each section of the song. We learned some picking and harmony options, too, and then played through the entire song a couple of times. As is our tradition, we wrapped up with Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide, including exercises and drills. You can also watch a replay of the broadcast:

We really appreciate all of the wonderful feedback and photos you sent, letting us know how much you learned and how much fun you had!! πŸ™‚





 
Please check back for more info in early June about our next meeting, which will be on Thursday, June 11, at 7:00pm U.S. Central Time. Take care and be well! 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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April 9, 2020: Let It Be

Let It BeThe Austin Ukulele Society hosted it’s first ever fully virtual monthly meeting this April, due to widespread shelter-in-place orders. While Austin-area AUS members and visitors love meeting in person to learn, strum, and record a song together, there are silver linings to any challenging situation – and we are so glad that a big silver lining for us was sharing a lovely ninety minutes or so, with ukulele players from five continents! Friends joined us from nearly half of the states in the U.S., and from Canada, Brazil, Australia, Singapore, Scotland, Spain, England, Germany, Switzerland, and New Zealand – and more! πŸ™‚

It was truly lovely to have over 400 ukulele players, sheltering-in-place, while playing and singing three wonderful songs together. We owe a huge thanks to Lyda Guz, for her timely presentation projection skills, and to Jen Richardson for live commenting/responding to all that joined in.

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Our first virtual meeting was the perfect occasion to learn one of the Beatles’ most inspiring tunes, the 1970 hit “Let It Be.” Bob kicked off our meeting as we usually do, with some introductions – and we’re glad so many attendees made use of the Live Chat to chime in and say where they were tuning in from, greet one another, and ask questions. We warmed up with Bob Marley’s wonderfully optimistic “Three Little Birds” before Bob G. gave us a lovely demo performance of his arrangement of the Beatles’ “Let It Be”. He then took us through some helpful exercises to teach the strum style, chord progressions, and more, before we put the song together and played it through a couple of times. Afterward, we wrapped up our virtual meeting with our favorite closing song, Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Let It Be” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide for all to follow along, including exercises and drills). You can watch a replay of the broadcast:

Our heartfelt thanks go out to the many folks who sent in or shared photos of themselves during the live event!! πŸ™‚







 
If we’re still sheltering in mid-May, we’ll meet again via our YouTube channel Thursday, May 14. We hope you’ll join us! Stay safe and keep strumming the magical 4-string instrument that fosters our beautiful music community. 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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β˜… Our Next Meeting: Thursday, March 12! β˜…

The March 12th Austin Ukulele Society meeting was cancelled.

CarsGreetings, friends! Our next monthly meeting is fast approaching, on Thursday, March 12, 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.

With the passing of rock’n’roll legend Ric Ocasek about six months ago, we’ve been wanting to pay tribute by doing one of The Cars’ big hits: “Just What I Needed”. While we did this song years ago, as a much smaller group, it is such an infectious and catchy power-pop-rock song that it’s definitely worth revisiting, learning together (and recording). πŸ™‚ If you’re not familiar with it, check out The Cars’ original recording.

Just What I NeededThe original is in the key of E, but Bob shifted our ukulele-friendly arrangement up a half-step to the key of F. Apart from that change, we’ll follow the original arrangement pretty closely. Here are some details about the song sheet:

  • Pages 1 though 3 have the lyrics and chords
  • Page 4 has diagrams for the two main strumming patterns (one pattern for the Intro, Verses, and Interlude 1, another pattern for the Choruses, Interlude 2, and the Ending)
  • Page 4 also has additional details about the special strums in the Intro
  • Page 5 has tab for the riff that appears in Interlude 1 and the second half of Verses 2 and 3 (played on synth in the original)
  • Page 6 has vocal harmony options for the Choruses as well as Vocal Options for Part 1 of the Ending
  • Page 7 has additional vocal options for Part 2 of the Ending

As always, we recommend getting familiar with the song by listening to the original recording and also by practicing the song using the chart and diagrams, before we meet on the 12th, if possible. πŸ™‚

At the meeting, Bob will perform “Just What I Needed” to demonstrate the arrangement, and then take us through some helpful exercises to get us comfortable with the chords and chord progressions, strum styles, vocal and harmonizing options, before we put it all together to play it through.

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.

Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we release a new Austin Ukulele Society t-shirt design each year. Check out our latest edition, as usual created by the talented Lyda Guz and screen-printed right here in Austin at a fantastic locally-owned print shop! Available in charcoal heather cotton/poly blend in mens/unisex, womens, and kids styles.

AUS T-shirt 2019

Please bring cash or a check made out to Austin Ukulele Society. The new “Austin Lasso” shirts are $20, as are last year’s “Cowboy” and 2017’s popular “Mermaid” shirts. All previous years’ styles are $15.

Location
Memorial United Methodist Church, 6100 Berkman Drive, Austin, TX 78723. We meet in the school located behind the church, in the gym.

Memorial United Methodist Church Map
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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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, March 12, at 7:00pm!

Contact Us if you have any questions, need more information, or would like to be added to our mailing list.


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