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May 9, 2019: Losing My Religion!

On a stormy May evening, approximately 150 friendly musicians gathered to enjoy strumming their favorite four-stringed instrument. As usual, we welcomed a delightful mix of members who have been attending our meetings since 2011 along with first-time guests visiting from as far as California and Florida. We got started with some ukulele-related announcements and introductions and then quickly moved into our warm up song (Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”)

This month, we learned to sing and strum a huge early-1990s hit, made even more popular by its critically acclaimed music video: R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion.” The mandolin riff on which the song is built translates really well to the ukulele! Bob told us a little about his arrangement for this song and gave us a great solo live demo to boot. He led us through very helpful exercises for learning the chord progressions, strumming patterns, picking part options and vocal harmonies. When we put the song together and practiced it, we sounded better and better each time through. We recorded it for our YouTube friends around the world – we hope you enjoy it!

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Losing My Religion” 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 enjoyed the excellent offerings of our talented open mic participants for the evening! Bertie gave us a great rendition of “Sentimental Journey,” Helen rocked us with the Meat Puppets’ “Backwater,” and Rich crooned and strummed a great version of Sinatra’s “Young at Heart” (as tribute to his own recent birthday and Kevin Jolly’s recent retirement).

 
We’re looking forward, as always, to our next meeting! See you all on Thursday, June 13, at 7:00pm! 🙂

 
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April 11, 2019: Keep On Believin’!

JourneyThe Austin Ukulele Society was thrilled to host its 100th consecutive, always free and open to everyone, monthly meeting on April 11th, 2019, with over 200 members of our ukulele community in attendance! In addition to having in-person friends who drove from as far as Friendswood, TX, we were delighted to expand the horizons of our meeting’s attendance by live streaming part of the meeting, for the first time ever. An additional 59 ukulele friends from far and wide, joined us virtually via our YouTube channel – and played along with us on our warm up song, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” You can watch a recording of the live streaming event on YouTube.

To commemorate our journey to 100 meetings, we learned one of the most inspirational hits of all time: Journey’s 1981 classic “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Bob led us through some very helpful exercises and drills so that the group could get comfortable with the chord progressions, strumming styles, picking options and harmonies. We sounded better and better each time we played the song through. The added enhancements of Bob’s solo and Aaron Lewis’ u-bass playing truly added some magic to our interpretation of Journey’s epic tune. We appreciate all of the positive feedback from our YouTube ukulele friends!

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Don’t Stop Believin'” 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).

 
As always, we’re very grateful to our amazing open mic participants. Sho and Shin did a great Stevie Ray Vaughan cover, while Walter wowed us on a uke and kazoo version of a nearly-100-old-song tune. Jay did a rousing cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together” and welcomed plenty of audience participation. Kathy and Bill payed tribute to a dear friend and musician on an original song written by Kathy. Victoria performed a beautiful arrangement of Pink Floyd’s “Is There Anybody Out There” on guitalele.

 
We hope that you’ll all join us for our next meeting, on Thursday, May 9th! 🙂

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

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March 14, 2019: Ship To Wreck!

On a beautiful and breezy spring evening, ukulele players both local to Austin and visiting from points all around the U.S. for SXSW or spring break, participated in the wonderful music community that makes up the Austin Ukulele Society. Folks enjoyed getting to know each other before we kicked off the meeting with introducing ourselves, sharing local ukulele events and playing our warm up song (Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”) Our Bob G. then jumped into demonstrating our arrangement of Florence + the Machine’s 2015 infectious hit, “Ship to Wreck.” He took the group through helpful exercises for each section of the song, getting us comfortable with the strum pattern, chord progressions, picking parts, vocal styles and harmonizing options. When we played the song through, our playing and voices were melodic and strong.

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Ship To Wreck” 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).

 
As usual, we took a break to enjoy some very talented friends share the songs they’d prepared for the open mic portion of the evening. A huge thanks to Rich, Dave, Emma and Rodger for playing beautiful renditions of songs we could all appreciate.

 
We look forward to seeing you all at our 100th meeting on Thursday, April 11th! 🙂

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

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February 14, 2019: Falling In Love!

Twenty-one PilotsMembers of the Austin Ukulele Society warmly embraced the opportunity to meet on Valentine’s Day, since more than a few of us have sometimes asked our beloved ukuleles to be our Valentine. 🙂 The meeting kicked off with introductions, announcements of ukulele shows and jams and our always uplifting warmup song, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Next, Bob G. played through, by way of demonstrating his arrangement, our appropriately romantic song to learn for Valentine’s Day – the timeless classic “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” He then guided us through some very helpful exercises to get comfortable with the chord progressions, strumming patterns, picking options and vocal harmonies. When we played through the song a couple of times, the group was sounding lovely. We played it through a few more times and recorded it to share with our loving ukulele community around the globe. Check it out:

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” 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 took a break to enjoy the fantastic open mic portion of the eve, in which John and Sue, Peter (with John), Kit and Jack, Jay, and Vince all played songs full of love, joy and companionship.

We look forward to our next meeting, on March 14th (Pi Day!), and we hope you all join us again! 🙂

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

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January 10, 2019: Sweet Caroline!

To kick off its 9th year, the Austin Ukulele Society was thrilled to welcome the biggest crowd of ukulele players we’ve seen yet, as we came close to nearly 200 attendees at last Thursday’s meeting! We started off with ukulele announcements and introductions, and we warmed up our voices and fingers by singing and strumming Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Bob G. demonstrated his arrangement of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” and we couldn’t help but sing along with him on this infectiously catchy classic. Bob took us through some helpful exercises and drills on the chord progressions, strumming techniques and vocal harmonizing options. We put it all together and truly enjoyed playing and singing “Sweet Caroline” before recording it to share with our YouTube ukulele community around the world. We hope you enjoy it!

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Sweet Caroline” 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).

 
Betty, Jay, Richard and Kaya treated us to a terrific variety of solo performances during the open mic portion of the evening. Special thanks to each of them! (And speaking of open mics, plan to attend our Ukulele Open Mic Happy Hour at Kick Butt Coffee on Saturday 2/16!)

Clockwise from top left: Betty, Richard, Kaya and Jay

As always, we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting, on Thursday, February 14th, 7:00-9:00pm. We also hope you’ll plan to attend our Ukulele Open Mic Happy Hour at Kick Butt Coffee on Saturday 2/16! 🙂

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

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December 13, 2018: Holiday Potluck and Strum-a-long!

On a windy and chilly December evening, over one hundred Austin Ukulele Society members, friends, and family gathered for our eighth annual Holiday Potluck and Strum-a-long, at the High Road on Dawson. There was much merriment, as folks enjoyed socializing over food and drinks. We also got out our ukuleles and Bob (with assistance from The John Davenport and Helen) guided the group through a strum and sing-a-long of our holiday song repertoire. We are so grateful for the wonderful year we’ve had, making great music with our Austin-area ukulele friends. We’re wishing everyone peace, love, and joy through the holiday season!


The group was treated to an extended open mic session, with a great variety of holiday and winter tunes in the mix. A big thanks to Bob and Jen, the Ukestra, the Tuesday Ukulele Group (TUG), Ray, Erin and Gabrielle, Rich, Alex, Jay, Kevin, Walter and Jack for sharing their talent and takes on so many fantastic songs.


Clockwise from top left: Rich, Jen and Bob, Jack Pott and back-up, the Ukestra, Alex


Clockwise from top left: Walter, Erin and Gabrielle, the Tuesday Ukulele Group (TUG), Jay, Kevin, Ray

Holiday Music!
Download our 2018 Holiday Songbook, which contains the chords and lyrics for all of the songs below in one handy PDF booklet designed to minimize page turns when printed two-sided!

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Chord Sheet Presentation Video
Blue Christmas Chord Sheet Presentation
Holly Jolly Christmas / Marshmallow World Chord Sheet Presentation Video
Let It Snow / Winter Wonderland Chord Sheet Presentation Video
Mele Kalikimaka / Jingle Bells Chord Sheet Presentation Video
Rockin’ Christmas Medley Chord Sheet Presentation Video
Santa Claus is Coming to Town Chord Sheet Presentation Video

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, January 10th, as we kick off the 9th year of the Austin Ukulele Society! 🙂

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

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November 8, 2018: Baby Please Come Home!

As the first chilly November evening descended on Austin, 125 or so ukulele enthusiasts from the Austin area and as far as England and Costa Rica gathered to play and sing together. We kicked off the meeting with introductions, local ukulele news and events, along with a reminder that our December 13th get-together will be our eight annual holiday potluck/strum-a-long at the High Road on Dawson instead of our regular Memorial United Methodist Church meet-up (more info on that in early December).

After warming up with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds,” we kicked off the holiday season in style, both fashionably and musically, as we learned to play “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” made famous by Darlene Love on Phil Spector’s fantastic 1963 album “A Christmas Gift for You.” Bob explained and demonstrated his great arrangement and launched us into some helpful exercises. We enjoyed practicing the chord progressions, strums, finger snaps and vocal harmonies, and when we put it together to play the song through, we sounded great and recorded it for our global ukulele family. We hope it helps you get your own holiday spirit going this year!

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” 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).


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We took a break to enjoy our talented open mic participants, as Kevin Carroll’s Blues Band, Vincent and Richard presented us with excellent interpretations of great songs.

Top: Kevin Carroll’s Blues Band. Bottom row: Vince (left), Richard (right)

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, December 13th, from 6:30-9:00pm, at the High Road on Dawson. 🙂

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

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