Our February meeting is fast approaching! We’re looking forward to strumming ukuleles and singing harmonies with you at the Austin Ukulele Society monthly meeting on Thursday, February 14, 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.
As is our habit at our February meeting – and especially since it falls on Valentine’s Day! – we’ll learn an appropriately romantic song: “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” first made famous by Elvis Presley in 1961. It’s still as timeless and popular a love song as ever, with recent hit covers by Twenty One Pilots (2012) and Kina Grannis (2018, on the “Crazy Rich Asians” soundtrack). UB40 had a #1 hit with it in 1993, and there have been countless other covers.
Elvis’ version is in the key of D, but Bob has arranged our chord chart in the group-friendly key of C. You can practice “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by downloading the chord chart here. Be sure to check out this cover by Twenty One Pilots, also in C and with a similar strumming pattern to our arrangement, so you can practice along before our meeting. 🙂
At the meeting, Bob will share more details about the song, perform it to demonstrate the arrangement, and then take us through some helpful exercises to learn the chord transitions, strumming pattern and tempo. Pages 4 and 5 show a 3-part vocal harmony for the verses. Bob will review these components as well.
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.
Memorial United Methodist Church, 6100 Berkman Drive, Austin, TX 78723. We meet in the school located behind the church, in the gym.
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
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.
As always, we’ll have plenty of Austin Ukulele Society t-shirts available for purchase – including our fabulous new “Ukulele Cowboy” design, crafted by the talented Lyda Guz and screen-printed right here in Austin! Available in 100% cotton navy blue in mens/unisex, womens, and kids styles.
This new shirt and the “Mermaid” design cost $20; all previous years’ shirts are $15. We accept cash or a check made out to Bob Guz or Jen Richardson.
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, February 14, at 7:00pm!
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