Our next virtual meeting is fast approaching on Thursday, March 23, 7:00-8:30pm US Central Daylight Time! It’s always a blast getting to visit with our dear ukulele-playing friends from afar, during our quarterly livestream meetings.
The live event is scheduled, and it is the very first item at the top of the Austin Ukulele Society’s YouTube channel page. Simply click the YouTube Live Event to join when we go live on the 23rd at 7:00pm (CDT, GMT -05:00). The PowerPoint presentation (with our warm up and closing songs, as well as the featured song we’ll learn) will be viewable alongside Bob, during the YouTube event.
Lyda will take us through the slides while Bob explains and teaches his arrangement of our featured song. If you are logged into YouTube/Google, please say hello and share any questions/comments with Jen, moderating on behalf of the Austin Ukulele Society – Jen can get inquiries about the arrangement to Bob for live response. 🙂 If you have a chance to practice the song in advance, and you have questions, feel free to email them to us.
- The event is accessible without logging in and you don’t need a YouTube/Google account to watch. But to comment, you’ll need to log into YouTube with a Gmail account ID.
- When you join the YouTube live stream, if the video or sound quality is not at its best, roll your mouse over the video to find the ‘gear’ icon. Click it and select the ‘Quality’ option; 480p or higher (we recommend 720p) should improve video and sound quality for you, if you have the internet bandwidth to make the change. 🙂
Our virtual meetings give us the opportunity to take a deep dive into learning a song, with a detailed tutorial presented by Bob (with live Q&A fielded by Jen and Lyda). At our quarterly virtual meetings, we learn a song that is different from the current month’s in-person meeting; instead, we revisit a favorite from a past AUS live meeting. For the March 23rd meeting, we’ll go back to a very popular AUS repertoire song from four years ago: “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” as made famous by Elvis Presley. We hope you’ll enjoy getting familiar with this ever-popular and romantic ballad and learning it with us!
The best way to practice in advance of the meeting is by using our arrangement and playing along with the our 2019 video. There’s even a handy play-along video!
Download the song sheet for “Can’t Help Falling In Love” to practice. Bob’s arrangement has plenty of opportunities to learn to play this song in fun and challenging ways. In the song sheet, you’ll find:
- Pages 1 – 2 have the chords and lyrics
- Page 3 has a description of the main strum pattern, along with details of a finger picking option for part of the Intro
- Pages 4 – 5 have vocal melody and harmony options for the Verses
This song will have something for players of all skill levels to learn, so please join us regardless of where you’re at as a ukulele player. At the virtual meeting, Bob will perform “Can’t Help Falling In Love” to demonstrate the arrangement. He’ll then take us through some helpful exercises that break down the song into its components, getting us comfortable with the chords and chord progressions, and strum styles before we put it all together to play it through. As always, Bob will be sure to share both the simple and more advanced options for playing this song, so players of all levels can learn and enjoy our meeting and his tutorial.
We recommend getting familiar with the song by practicing using the song sheet along with the AUS performance video or play-along video.
We always play Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” and Willie Nelson’s “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, available on the “Music Library” page. We’ll also display the presentations for these two songs during the live broadcast, for your convenience. 🙂
Newcomers and beginners are ALWAYS welcome, and we certainly look forward to having friends from far and wide join in with our live stream! Even if you’re a complete novice, we encourage you to join in. There are always easier ways to play the songs, even if you can play only a few of the chords. Or just sing along!
Stay tuned and keep strumming!! We look forward to having you join us at our virtual meeting on Thursday, March 23, at 7:00pm US Central Daylight Time!
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Ukulele Society T-shirts!
Austin Ukulele Society t-shirts are available for purchase via mail order (U.S. orders only) and Austin-area porch pick up, including our latest “Classic Ukulele” design.
The shirts are silk-screened here in Austin at a fantastic locally-owned print shop. T-shirts are $25 each (plus tax, where applicable). All of our shirts are thoughtfully designed by the talented Lyda Guz! You can have a look at all of our shirt styles on the “Shop” page. Drop us a line if you’d like to purchase a shirt (or two or three). 🙂