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β˜… Our Next IN-PERSON Meeting: Thursday, May 12! β˜…

U2Greetings, friends! Our next monthly meeting is fast approaching, on Thursday, May 12, 7:00–9:00pm. We’re having a wonderful time meeting in person again and are truly looking forward to seeing you at our May meeting! We’ll meet, as usual, at the Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 6100 Berkman Drive, Austin, TX, 78723.

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We need your assistance in mitigating the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, in the following ways:

  • Attend only if you’re feeling well and have had no known contact with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19.
  • While Travis County remains in the low risk of transmission category, wearing a mask at MUMC is optional. You are encouraged to wear a mask if you feel more comfortable doing so.

The Austin Ukulele Society team will do our part to mitigate risk by:

  • Making disposable masks and hand sanitizer available.
  • Spreading seating out as needed.
  • Opening a couple of doors to improve air flow, as the temperatures allow.

We love learning songs from different genres and spanning many decades, so it’s always fun to choose each month’s new-to-us song. Since we haven’t done a country song in a while and have long wanted to do a Dolly Parton song, we think you’ll be just as excited as us to learn her 1973 huge hit “Jolene.” It’s Dolly’s most-covered song, and has been covered over the decades by many, including Olivia Newton John, The White Stripes, and Lil Nas X. We know you’ll enjoy getting familiar with “Jolene” if you aren’t already, and we look forward to strumming and singing this classic with you. πŸ™‚

Dolly Parton’s original 1973 is in the key of C#m, so Bob has raised it a half-step to Dm in our arrangement. This makes it a very straightforward, ukulele-friendly 3-chord song. We’ll do the song at a somewhat slower pace than the original, but apart from that and the key change, the arrangement is pretty much the same as the original.

To practice, you can preview or download the lyrics and chords for “Jolene.” To provide an example in the key of Dm, Bob also created a short recording that includes the song’s intro and chorus. In this audio-only clip, Bob plays the strum pattern and each of the picking parts. He also sings each vocal part in the chorus – please give it a listen and feel free to play/sing along. πŸ™‚

Here are some details about the song sheet:

  • Pages 1 and 2 have the chords and lyrics.
  • Page 3 has a description of the main strum pattern, along with a couple of simplified alternatives.
  • Page 4 has options for the picking part that can be played during the Intro, the Choruses, and between each Verse, while other players strum the Dm chord. These are intended to evoke the fingerpicking lick that appears in Dolly’s original recording.
  • Pages 5 – 8 has vocal harmony options for the Choruses.

As always, we recommend practicing the song using the chart and diagrams, Bob’s sample demo audio clip, and Dolly’s recording on YouTube before we meet on the 12th, if possible. πŸ™‚

At the meeting, Bob will perform “Jolene” 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 one 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 know, we create a new t-shirt every year. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our 2022 edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” 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 “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” Mermaid, Cowboy,” “Austin Lasso” and other shirts are $20. We also have vinyl decals with the AUS logo for $1 each. We can accept cash or a check made out to Austin Ukulele Society; you can also make payment via Venmo or PayPal.

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

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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, May 12, at 7:00pm!

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


April 14, 2022: Don’t Look Back In Anger!

OasisOn a beautiful spring evening, a great group of ukulele players from the Austin area and beyond gathered in central Austin for the enjoyable opportunity of playing music together. Many, many thanks to all who came out to join the fun!

The evening began with local ukulele news, including the happy occasions of the Tuesday Uke Group (TUG) beginning in-person meetings again soon. South Austin Ukulele Community & Events (SAUCE) will also resume in the near future, so keep an eye out for more info there, too! After introductions and news were shared, Bob led us through our ever-cheerful warm-up song, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”

It has been aΒ VERY long time since we’ve gotten to play a great rock ‘n’ roll anthem together as a large group. Some of our favorite group meeting tunes have been up-tempo, huge rock hits, from across the decades. For April’s meeting, we strummed, sang and rocked out to a 1995 hit by English rock band Oasis: “Don’t Look Back in Anger.”Β  πŸ™‚

Bob shared some info about his arrangement and gave us a great demo performance of it. He took us through helpful exercises to get comfortable with the tempo, chords, chord changes, strum styles and picking options. We put it all together and got better each time we played it through. We recorded this terrific performance and play-along video, so that you can rock out with the AUS, from wherever you are:

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Don’t Look Back In Anger” 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).

The talented Jay Clement treated us to his beautiful rendition of the classic song, “Paper Doll,” written in 1915 (but made famous in the 40’s by The Mill Brothers). Thanks Jay!

Be well and we’ll see you at the in-person Thursday, May 12th meeting! 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!


Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” 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 “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” 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). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.

March 31, 2022: Raindrops Keep Fallin’!

The Austin Ukulele Society was thrilled to have a live-streamed meeting on March 31, with 130+ ukulele players joining in from all over the U.S., Canada, Australia, Brazil, Singapore, England and Spain. We’re grateful, as always, for your participation and positive feedback! πŸ’“

Our virtual meetings will give us the opportunity to take deep dives into learning songs from past AUS live meetings, with detailed tutorials presented by Bob (and live Q&A fielded by Jen and Lyda). This time we revisited a tune AUS first played in September 2014: the Hal David/Burt Bacharach classic made famous by BJ Thomas: β€œRaindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head.” We love this upbeat, humorous and beautifully-composed song and hope you appreciated this delightful tune as much as we do.

Bob led the group through our warm-up song – Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” He then dove into a detailed tutorial of “Raindrops.” Bob led us through helpful exercises to get us comfortable playing the chords, chord progressions, strum styles and more. We put it all together and sounded terrific when we played it through twice, and we look forward to our collaborative video with friends from all over again, too.

A big thank you to Bob for being a thoughtful and thorough instructor, and much appreciation to Lyda for running the presentation and to Jen for moderating the chat.

You can download the lyrics, chords, and tab for “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide, including exercises and drills. You can also watch a replay of the March 31 live stream. Watch the entire show or jump to the part you most want to see!
● Welcome and announcements
● “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
● Bob’s “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” tutorial
● “On the Road Again” closing song
● Our 2014 performance of “Raindrops”.

Before saying goodnight, we premiered the group video of our February song: Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” expertly edited by Marty Porter and mixed by Paul Butler. Thanks to Jen Richardson for skillfully coordinating communications with all the participants.

Huge thanks and congratulations to every one of our very talented participants: Heiko and Svenja Andresen, Vany Anyc, Chris Armstrong, Shelly Benjamin, Patrice Bovero, Susan Burke, Linda Christensen, Deana Dossey, Pam Ellis, Victor Erickson, Ina Ferrara, Shel Fung, Bob Guz, Jens Haag, David Haye, The Hayes, Gail Johnson, Sandy Johnson, Sue Kaneko, Mary Kealy, Arlene Krassner, Ann Kuehnel, Errol Lipschitz, Andrew Matlaga, Margaret McCrank, Irene Messina, Michael Paderes, Beth Pickens, Jean Pollack, Leslie Poppen, Kim Prezio, Sabine PΓΌtz, Jerry Raihl, Jen Richardson, Darrell Rose, Laurel Rulison, Al Saloha, Martha Schreffler, Janet Shimzu, LeAynne Snell, Paula Taylor, Michelle Whitehead and Steve Workman. Absolutely beautiful work everyone! Check it out:

Thank you for joining us, sending in your selfies, and staying connected!

We look forward to anyone local or visiting joining us at our upcoming in-person meeting on April 14. Of course, we’ll all be looking forward to our next virtual meeting on Thursday, June 23, too. Stay in touch, keep strumming, and keep an eyeΒ on the Austin Ukulele Society’s YouTube channel. 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!

Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” 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 “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” 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). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.


While we have your attention…

If you don’t already follow this website, why not take a moment to click on the “Follow Austin Ukulele Society” button? We’d really appreciate it! It’s in the right margin, just under the “Like us on Facebook” button and looks just like this: .

By following our website, you’ll always be kept up-to-date with the latest meeting announcements and other Austin Ukulele Society news. Thank you so much!

March 10, 2022: What I’m Looking For!

U2What can we say?! There are few words that can describe the feeling of elation experienced in a room of 100 ukulele-playing friends. Bob and Jen had an absolute blast hosting the first in-person AUS meeting in two years! We are thrilled to be hearing from many who attended that you also had a wonderful time.

We brought back our tried and true format, by kicking things off with a brief introduction of the evening’s agenda and having everyone share their names (and locations, if visiting from outside of Austin). We shared some local ukulele news and had some friends mention their upcoming meetings and gigs. We warmed up our voices, hearts and fingers by playing Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” As always, we wrapped up our night with Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”

The month of March brings us many things to celebrate, including St. Patrick’s Day. We were excited to learn a big hit by one of the most popular rock bands of all time, who hail from Ireland: U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

Bob performed his lovely arrangement of the song to get us familiar with the tempo and style. We got down to business, using his thoughtfully-prepared exercises, and learned the strum style, the picking option, the chord progressions, and the vocal harmony options. We sounded great when we put it all together and played it through. Check out our performance:

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” 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).

It was fantastic to enjoy the sounds of Jay Clement, Kathy & the Kilowatts (Kathy Murray and Bill Jones), THE John Davenport and Anna K Dysart, and Jack Pott during our open mic portion of the evening.

Clockwise from top left: Kathy Murray and Bill Jones, Jack Pott, THE John Davenport and Anna Dysart, and Jay Clement

We can’t wait to see everyone back for the next in-person meeting, on Thursday, April 14. We also look forward to our upcoming virtual meeting on Thursday, March 31. Happy spring, everyone! 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!


Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” 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 “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” 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). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.

February 10, 2022: Time After Time

Happy Valentine’s Day to our wonderful ukulele community! πŸ’“ Thank you for being part of our virtual meetings and sharing so much enthusiasm and positive feedback. Over 160 ukulele players from around the globe tuned in live at our February live-streamed meeting!

With our February meeting always near Valentine’s Day, we especially enjoy doing a song about love and this year was no different. After we began the evening with some ukulele news and our warm-up song – Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” – we quickly turned our attention to the featured song Bob had prepared for us. We had a blast learning a song often mentioned as one of the top love songs of all time, the 1980’s mega-hit by Cyndi Lauper, “Time After Time.”

 

Bob performed the song to demonstrate his arrangement, and then he took us through helpful exercises to get comfortable with the chords, chord changes, strum styles and picking options. He shared many tips and tricks, and by the time we put the song together, we all had learned a lot and felt confident in our playing. After playing it through twice, we played Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.” πŸ™‚

As always, we owe Lyda our appreciation for managing the presentation during the meeting and Jen for moderating the live chat/comments.

You can download the lyrics, chords, and tab for “Time After Time,” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide, including exercises and drills. You can also watch a replay of the February 10 live stream. Watch the entire show or jump to the part you most want to see!
    β— Welcome and announcements
    β— “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
    β— Bob’s “Time After Time” tutorial
    β— “On the Road Again” closing song
    β— Bob’s demo video of “Time After Time”.

Before saying goodnight, we premiered the group video of our January song “Happy Together,” expertly edited by Marty Porter and mixed by Paul Butler. Thanks to Jen Richardson for skillfully coordinating communications with all the participants. Gratitude and congratulations to every one of our very talented participants: Gary Adair, Heiko Andresen, Vany Anyc, Shelly Benjamin, Patrice Bovero, Susan Burke, Todd Bushlow, Paul Butler, Linda Christensen, Pam Ellis, Victor Erickson, Ina Ferrara, Pauline & Vince Forbes, Shel Fung, Bob Guz, Sherry Hall, Sandy Johnson, Gail Johnson, Sue Kaneko, Arlene Krassner, Ann Kuehnel, Anne Langford, Errol Lipschitz, Andrew Matlaga, Irene Messina, Marino Michelazzi, Thomas Mroz, Emily Grace Nalley, Ann Peters, Jean Pollack, Leslie Poppen, Kim Prezio, Sabine Putz, Jerry Raihl, Katherine Repogle, Jen Richardson, Darrell Rose, Al Saloha, Martha Schreffler, Alan Smith, Rafaela Carla Sousa, Becky Spargo, Robin Starling, Paula Taylor, Denise Tecchio, Andy Tyerman, Cindy Walker, and Cathy Whalen. It’s amazing! Check it out:

Thank you for joining us, sending in your selfies, and staying connected!

We look forward to seeing local friends at the in-person meeting on Thursday, March 10, and seeing all of you back on the Austin Ukulele Society’s YouTube channel for the March 31 virtual meeting. Be well and keep strumming. 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!

Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” 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 “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” 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). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.


While we have your attention…

If you don’t already follow this website, why not take a moment to click on the “Follow Austin Ukulele Society” button? We’d really appreciate it! It’s in the right margin, just under the “Like us on Facebook” button and looks just like this: .

By following our website, you’ll always be kept up-to-date with the latest meeting announcements and other Austin Ukulele Society news. Thank you so much!

January 13, 2022: Happy Together!

The Austin Ukulele Society was thrilled to kick off its 12TH YEAR with ukulele friends from Australia, Brazil, England, Canada, Germany, and nearly half the states in the U.S.! While we look forward to getting back to meeting in person soon, Bob and Jen truly enjoy the virtual AUS meeting experience with all of you. Thank you for being there and making music with us!

Our first meeting of each year is often full of ‘new year’ energy, for many reasons, including resolutions to play more or learn to play ukulele (of course!), Santa Claus putting new ukuleles under the tree, etc. Therefore, we typically pick an upbeat, well-known and infectious song to kick the year off right. This year was no different, and we had a blast learning the Turtles’ timeless and well-loved classic hit rock tune, “Happy Together.”

 

Our meeting kicked off with local ukulele news and with our favorite warm-up song, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Then Bob G. beautifully performed his terrific arrangement of The Turtles’ “Happy Together” for us. He broke down the song into helpful exercises, to help us gain confidence with all parts – even the daunting Bb chord. πŸ™‚

We had fun harmonizing, strumming, picking and, of course, learning lots from Bob. We put the song all together and enjoyed playing it through a couple of times. To finish up the eve, we played Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” and enjoyed some of our amazing collaborative videos (produced by Marty Porter) from the past 20+ virtual meetings!

As always, we owe Lyda our appreciation for managing the presentation during the meeting and Jen for moderating the live chat/comments.

You can download the lyrics, chords, and tab for “Happy Together,” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide, including exercises and drills. You can also watch a replay of the January 13 live stream. Watch the entire show or jump to the part you most want to see!
    β— Welcome and announcements
    β— “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
    β— Bob’s “Happy Together” tutorial
    β— “On the Road Again” closing song
    β— Bob’s demo video of “Happy Together”.

We will keep you posted about our February 10 meeting’s ‘in-person‘ or ‘virtual‘ status, and we’ll be sure to have one of each should we get to meet in person – so stay tuned and subscribed on the Austin Ukulele Society’s YouTube channel . Be well and keep strumming until then! πŸ™‚


Thank you for joining us, sending in your selfies, and staying connected!









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!

Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” 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 “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” 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). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.


While we have your attention…

If you don’t already follow this website, why not take a moment to click on the “Follow Austin Ukulele Society” button? We’d really appreciate it! It’s in the right margin, just under the “Like us on Facebook” button and looks just like this: .

By following our website, you’ll always be kept up-to-date with the latest meeting announcements and other Austin Ukulele Society news. Thank you so much!

December 9, 2021: πŸŽ„ Holiday Strum-a-long! πŸŽ„

The Austin Ukulele Society held its 11th annual Holiday Strum-a-long and we had a wonderful time with a group of 150 ukulele players joining in live from around the globe. We appreciate all the gratitude and fantastic feedback sent as follow up with the selfies. There’s no bigger silver lining of the pandemic for Bob and Jen than to have shared nearly two years of virtual monthly AUS meetings with all of you. Thank you for finding us and making every effort to participate live or review the recorded meeting afterward!

We kicked off with some local ukulele news, including an exclusive discount for AUS members and viewers to get 40% of Austin-based Journey Instruments ukes and uke gig bags. The new coupon code is HappyHolidaysAUS and it’s valid through 1/1/22.

We warmed up with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” before diving into the holiday play-along tunes. Bob gave mini lessons for each song, and we ran through the delightful and varied repertoire of holiday standards and contemporary hits that the AUS has built up over our 11 years. It was so much fun singing and strumming those festive tunes! We wrapped up our meeting with our always-swan song, Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”

Afterward, Bob graciously thanked Jen Richardson for all the behind-the-scenes work she does to manage the Austin Ukulele Society. Then Bob even got an on-screen kiss (!) from his talented wife, Lyda Guz, who does an amazing job designing our shirts and running the presentations.

You can watch a replay of the December 9 live stream. Watch the entire show or jump to the part you most want to see!
● Welcome and announcements
● “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
● Blue Christmas
● Holly Jolly Christmas / Marshmallow World
● Let It Snow / Winter Wonderland
● Mele Kalikimaka / Jingle Bells
● Rockin’ Christmas Medley
● Santa Claus is Coming to Town
● Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
● All I Want For Christmas Is You
● Last Christmas
● I’ll Be Home For Christmas / Home for the Holidays
● “On the Road Again” closing song

You can play along by downloading the
πŸŽ„ 🎁 Austin Ukulele Society’s Holiday Songbook 🎁 πŸŽ„

This songbook includes charts for all the joyous Christmas and wintry-themed songs in a condensed format designed to minimize page turns when printed two-sided. You can also play along with our videos of these songs on our YouTube channel. On our website’s “Music Library” page, our holiday music repertoire – All of Our Holiday Season Favorites – is grouped together near the top, for ease of video play-along. You can find a video to play along with for nearly all of the repertoire.

Before we said good night, we debuted the amazing collaborative video for our “Home for the Holidays” medley, brilliantly produced by Marty Porter and excellently audio engineered by Paul Butler. Huge thanks and congratulations to our very talented participants: Chris Armstrong, Rodger Baker, Paulette Barwinkel, Shelly Benjamin, Patrice Bovero, Arnie Butay, Paul Butler, Linda Christensen, Victor Erickson, Ina and Tahlia Ferrara, Pauline and Vince Forbes, Shel Fung, Bob Guz, David Haye, Annie Kim Hedrick, Jill Hetherton, Sandy Johnson, Gail Johnson, Sue Kaneko, Nancy Kaumeyer, Mary Kealy, Arlene Krassner, Brian Macguire, Irene Messina, Ann Peters, Gary Phelps, Jean Pollack, Leslie Poppen, Steve Powell, Kimmer Prezio, Sabine PΓΌtz, Jerry Raihl, Dan Roeder, Maria Roeder, Laurel Rulison, Al Saloha, Martha Schreffler, Fran Stelly, Vince and Julie Villescaz, Tanya Visser, Cindy Walker and Steve Workman. Incredible work everyone! Check it out:

Remember that while second-Thursdays will return to in-person meetings on January 13, we’ll meet again virtually on January 27, 2022. We can’t wait to ‘see’ you again!

Thank you for joining us, sending in your selfies, and staying connected! We wish you a joyous holiday season and a great start to the new year!!



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!

Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” 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 “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” 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). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.


While we have your attention…

If you don’t already follow this website, why not take a moment to click on the “Follow Austin Ukulele Society” button? We’d really appreciate it! It’s in the right margin, just under the “Like us on Facebook” button and looks just like this: .

By following our website, you’ll always be kept up-to-date with the latest meeting announcements and other Austin Ukulele Society news. Thank you so much!

November 11, 2021: I’ll Be Home For Christmas!

The Austin Ukulele Society and its members from the Austin area, coast to coast in the U.S. and Canada, and places as far as Brazil, Singapore, New Zealand, and Ireland, were all in festive spirits at our November meeting. Our global community inspired our 2021 t-shirt, beautifully designed by Lyda Guz – and we were excited to debut it at the meeting. We kicked the holiday season off a tad early by learning to sing and strum a beautiful medley of two holiday music classics. With our meeting falling on Veteran’s Day, we were inspired by “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” which was dedicated to troops who served in WWII. And “Home for the Holidays” is a lovely song to add to the themed medley.

Before we got into learning Bob’s great arrangement, we chatted about local ukulele news, including our plans to resume in person meetings in January. We shared a great discount code (BFUKULELE for 40% off!) for Austin-based Journey Instruments ukuleles and ukulele accessories, valid through November 30th.

 

After we played our always heart-warming opening tune, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds,” Bob performed his lovely arrangement of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Home for the Holidays.” Bob then broke down the medley into very helpful exercises, to get us comfortable with ALL of the chords, chord transitions, chord positioning options, and various strums. We had a great time, learning the components, and we sounded delightful when we put the song medley all together, playing it through two times. As we wrapped up, we played our closing song – Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”

A huge thank you to Jen Richardson for bringing some extra joy (read: Chico) to the meeting, while also moderating the chat and handling many points of communication throughout. We’re grateful, as always, for Lyda Guz’s excellent PowerPoint presentation skills.

You can download the lyrics, chords, and tab for the “I’ll Be Home For Christmas Medley,” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide, including exercises and drills. You can also watch a replay of the November 11 live stream. Watch the entire show or jump to the part you most want to see!
    β— Welcome and announcements
    β— “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
    β— Bob’s “I’ll Be Home For Christmas Medley” tutorial
    β— “On the Road Again” closing song
    β— Bob’s demo video of the “I’ll Be Home For Christmas Medley”.

Before saying goodnight, we premiered the group video of our October song “Rhiannon.” Many thanks to Paul Butler for his audio mixing skills, to Marty Porter for editing the video clips and producing the lovely final video, and to Jen Richardson for skillfully coordinating communications with all the participants. This was our largest number of participants ever! Huge thanks and congratulations to our very talented participants: Chris Armstrong, Shelly Benjamin, Patrice Bovero, Todd Bushlow, Arnie Butay, Paul Butler, Linda Christensen, Jay Clement, Deana Dossey, Victor Erickson, Ina Ferrera, Pauline and Vince Forbes, Shel Fung, Tracy Geraldez, Katie Gohmann, Bob Guz, Sherry Hall, Kay Harry, Gail Johnson, Mike Jones, Sue Kaneko, Nancy Kaumeyer, Arlene Krassner, Errol Lipschitz, Andrew Matlaga, Irene Messina, Una and Joe Modoni, Leigh Moss, Isaac Nogueira, Ann Peters, Leslie Poppen, Sabine PΓΌtz, Jerry Raihl, Laurel Rulison, Al Saloha, Martha Schreffler, Vince Villescaz, and Cindy Walker. Incredible work everyone! Check it out:

Thank you for joining us, sending in your selfies, and staying connected!

We look forward to our holiday music sing-a-long virtual meeting on Thursday, December 9 on the Austin Ukulele Society’s YouTube channel . Be well and keep strumming until then! 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!

Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” 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 “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” 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). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.


While we have your attention…

If you don’t already follow this website, why not take a moment to click on the “Follow Austin Ukulele Society” button? We’d really appreciate it! It’s in the right margin, just under the “Like us on Facebook” button and looks just like this: .

By following our website, you’ll always be kept up-to-date with the latest meeting announcements and other Austin Ukulele Society news. Thank you so much!

October 14, 2021: Rhiannon!

The Austin Ukulele Society had a great turnout at the October meeting! Everyone was in good spirits, as we got started with some ukulele news, introductions, greetings and more.

Every October, the Austin Sp-ook-ulele Society enjoys learning a song you might put on your Halloween music playlist, and this year we were thrilled to do the same. We were also excited to learn our first Fleetwood Mac song: their 1976 hit “Rhiannon,” written by Stevie Nicks about a Welsh witch. We were quickly grooving to Stevie Nicks’ haunting lyrics and vocals and the infectious hook of this beautiful and eerie tune.

Bob put together a great arrangement for us, and after a terrific performance to demonstrate it, he began his tutorial. We learned the chord progressions, including a handy F chord variation in which you keep your ring finger in place for transition back to the C chord. Bob also taught us some great options for picking parts in “Rhiannon,” including a well-received baritone uke option. We had a great time practicing the various parts of the song, and we sounded great when we put it together to play through from start to finish. We finished up our meeting with our swan song, Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.” As we wrapped up the evening, we premiered our terrific collaborative video of “Here Comes the Sun” — special thanks to Marty Porter and Paul Butler for their work on this effort!

As always, we owe Lyda our appreciation for managing the presentation during the meeting and Jen for moderating the live chat/comments.

You can download the lyrics, chords, and tab for “Rhiannon,” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide, including exercises and drills. You can also watch a replay of the October 14 live stream. Watch the entire show or jump to the part you most want to see!
    β— Welcome and announcements
    β— “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
    β— Bob’s “Rhiannon” tutorial
    β— “On the Road Again” closing song
    β— Bob’s demo video of “Rhiannon”.

Thank you for joining us, sending in your selfies, and staying connected!

We look forward to seeing everyone again virtually on Thursday, on Thursday, November 11 on the Austin Ukulele Society’s YouTube channel . Be well and keep strumming until then! 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!

Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. In celebration of the Austin Ukulele Society’s 10th anniversary in 2021, 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). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.


While we have your attention…

If you don’t already follow this website, why not take a moment to click on the “Follow Austin Ukulele Society” button? We’d really appreciate it! It’s in the right margin, just under the “Like us on Facebook” button and looks just like this: .

By following our website, you’ll always be kept up-to-date with the latest meeting announcements and other Austin Ukulele Society news. Thank you so much!

September 9, 2021: Here Comes the Sun!

Our September virtual meeting was enjoyed by about 170 friends from many places: the Austin area, all over the U.S., Brazil, coast to coast in Canada, in the wee small hours of the night in England and Germany, and on Friday morning in the Philippines and Australia. We love getting to spend that special time with you!

Over our 10+ years of monthly meetings, we’ve enjoyed learning several Beatles tunes, and you’ll probably agree that there’s never a bad time to learn a Beatles classic. It’s been about 18 months since our first virtual meeting, during which we learned the well-loved Beatles’ tune “Let It Be.”

It seems especially appropriate to learn a Beatles song penned by the Beatle known as one of the world’s biggest ukulele aficionados: George Harrison. We lost George nearly 20 years ago to cancer, but his musical legacy with the Beatles, the Traveling Wilburys, and as a solo artist, will live on forever, especially with his well-loved and timeless classic: “Here Comes the Sun.”

 

Our meeting kicked off with greetings, some news, and our traditional warm-up song, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Then Bob launched right into sharing details about The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun,” as we were excited to learn this much-loved classic. After performing his arrangement for a demonstration, Bob broke down this beautiful and challenging song for us. We worked on chords and chord structures, understanding the chord melody style, finger-picking, strumming and more. It was rewarding to put it all together and play it through. As always, we played Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” as our closing song.

Much appreciation to Lyda for managing the presentations during the meeting and to Jen for moderating the live chat/comments.

You can download the lyrics, chords, and tab for “Here Comes the Sun,” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide, including exercises and drills. You can also watch a replay of the September 9 live stream. Watch the entire show or jump to the part you most want to see!
    β— Welcome and announcements
    β— “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
    β— Bob’s “Here Comes the Sun” tutorial
    β— “On the Road Again” closing song
    β— Bob’s demo video of “Here Comes the Sun”.

Before saying goodnight, we premiered the group video of our August song “Hooked on a Feeling.” Marty Porter did a wonderful job producing the video and special thanks to Paul Butler for audio mixing. Much gratitude and congratulations to all the talented participants: Shelly Benjamin, Paul Butler, Patrice Bovero, Linda Christensen, Ina Ferrara, Tahlia Ferrara, Sally Fletcher, Pauline and Vince Forbes, Shel Fung, Bob Guz, Sherry Hall, Kay Harry, Arlene Krassner, Errol Lipschitz, Andrew Matlaga, Margaret McCrank, Irene Messina, Una and Joe Modoni, Isaac Noguerira, Ann Peters, Kimberlee Prezio, Sabine PΓΌtz, Jerry Raihl, Al Saloha, and Cindy Walker. Outstanding! Check it out:

Thank you for joining us, sending in your selfies, and staying connected!

We look forward to seeing everyone again virtually on Thursday, October 14 on the Austin Ukulele Society’s YouTube channel . Be well and keep strumming until then! 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!

Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. In celebration of the Austin Ukulele Society’s 10th anniversary in 2021, 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). πŸ™‚ At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.


While we have your attention…

If you don’t already follow this website, why not take a moment to click on the “Follow Austin Ukulele Society” button? We’d really appreciate it! It’s in the right margin, just under the “Like us on Facebook” button and looks just like this: .

By following our website, you’ll always be kept up-to-date with the latest meeting announcements and other Austin Ukulele Society news. Thank you so much!