Our May virtual meeting is fast approaching on Thursday, May 13, 7:00-8:30pm US Central Daylight Time! We really enjoyed the April meeting vibes and look forward to having friends near and far rejoin us or tune in for the first time! 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 13th at 7:00pm (CDT, GMT -05:00). The PowerPoint presentation (with our warm up and closing songs, as well as the new-to-us 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. 🙂
It’s a been a while since we learned a 1960s rock ‘n’ roll tune! While there are TONS of hits that have stood the test of time from that decade, we know you’re especially likely to be familiar with the rockin’, upbeat one we’ll learn this month: The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer“. Not only is the 1966 original a classic, but you may also be familiar with Smash Mouth’s 2001 hit cover from the movie “Shrek”.
Bob’s arrangement more closely follows The Monkees’ 1966 version. They recorded this tune in the key of G, but C actually works out to be a much better key on ukulele, putting the chords and picking parts in more accessible places. Download the song sheet for “I’m a Believer” and practice along with Bob’s lively demo performance:
Here are some details about the song sheet:
- Pages 1 through 3 have the lyrics and chords
- Page 3 also has diagrams and comments for the strumming pattern in the Verses
- Page 4 has diagrams and comments for the strumming pattern in the Choruses and the Ending
- Page 5 has diagrams and tab for the song’s Intro
- Page 6 has the tab for a picking part that can be played during the Instrumental Verse, as well as tab for the song’s signature riff
At the virtual meeting, Bob will perform “I’m a Believer” 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, strum styles, and picking options before we put it all together to play it through. He’ll also talk about power chords and using the hammer-on technique when fingerpicking. 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 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’re looking forward to having everyone tune in on Thursday, May 13, at 7:00pm US Central Daylight Time!
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Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every year. In celebration of the Austin Ukulele Society’s 10th anniversary this year, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, 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 10th Anniversary design, 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.
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