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β˜… Our Next Online Meeting: Thursday, January 14! β˜…

Happy New Year, dear friends! We hope you had a great holiday season and kicked off the new year in good health and spirits. We’re very excited to begin the Austin Ukulele Society’s 11th year with a great virtual meeting on Thursday, January 14. It’s hard to believe, but our very first meeting was January 11, 2011! Thank you so much for being a part of our community and helping us thrive!

Join us on our YouTube channel to strum ukuleles and sing harmonies at our monthly meeting, on Thursday, January 14, from 7:00-8:30pm. 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 14th at 7:00pm (CST, GMT -06:00). The PowerPoint presentation (with our warm up and closing songs, as well as the new-to-us medley 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. πŸ™‚ If you have a chance to practice the song before the 14th, and you have questions, feel free to email them to us in advance.


Pro Tips:

  • 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. πŸ™‚

We typically start the year off on a positive note, and this year is no different – in fact, we’ll learn a great medley of two uplifting tunes. Bob has arranged a medley pairing the late, great Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now” with Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies,” of which we’ll learn Willie Nelson’s popular version. For us Austinites, it’s an extra bonus that both Nash and Nelson are native Texans. πŸ™‚ We know you will enjoy learning to strum and pick these tunes with us.

Bob’s arrangement is in the key of D, like Johnny Nash’s original recording. Willie Nelson’s 1978 cover of “Blue Skies” is in Bm minor, but Bob changed it to Dm to fit with “I Can See Clearly Now.”

Download the song sheet for the “I Can See Clearly Now / Blue Skies Medley” and practice along with Bob’s gorgeous demo performance:


Here are some details about the song sheet:

  • Pages 1 and 2 have the lyrics and chords
  • Page 3 has diagrams and comments for the main strumming patterns, along with options for alternate strums
  • Pages 3 and 4 show picking parts that can be played during the verses of “I Can See Clearly Now”

During the livestream, we’ll go over these topics in more detail, including practice with a variation of the reggae strum pattern. One of the interesting aspects of this arrangement is switching back and forth between strumming patterns so we’ll discuss that as well. Bob will also review the chords in “Blue Skies”.

At the virtual meeting, Bob will perform the medley to demonstrate the arrangement, and then take us through some helpful exercises to get us comfortable with the chords and chord progressions, strum styles, and picking options before we put it all together to play it through. We recommend getting familiar with the song by listening to Johnny Nash’s original recording of “I Can See Clearly Now” and Willie Nelson’s cover of “Blue Skies,” and by practicing the medley using the song sheet and Bob’s demo 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. πŸ™‚

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 join in on Thursday, January 14, at 7:00pm US Central Standard Time!

Contact Us if you have any questions, need more information, 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 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). 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 10, 2020: πŸŽ„ Holiday Strum-a-long! πŸŽ„

The Austin Ukulele Society joyfully celebrated its 10th Annual (wow!) Christmas Music Strum-a-long, on December 10th. While we typically gather with food and drinks together, we stayed safe this year by singing and strumming from our homes, all over the world. From Singapore to Austria, Mexico to Germany, England to Canada, and all points across the US, we all could appreciate this silver lining of the pandemic: bringing 200 ukulele players closer together and finding peace through music.


We kicked off the meeting with local ukulele news, including an exclusive 25% discount on ukuleles and ukulele gig bags, offered by Austin-based Journey Instruments. All Austin Ukulele Society members/friends are able to use the discount till the end of December – enter AUSXMAS as the coupon code at the top of the checkout page. Bob played quite a few songs on the Journey tenor uke that he’s been enjoying, so you can watch the recording of the December meeting to see the look and hear the sounds. We warmed up our fingers and voices with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Then Bob provided mini-lessons on the chords and strum patterns for all of the songs in our 2020 Holiday Songbook.

We also enjoyed the world premiere of the collaborative video of “Last Christmas,” excellently produced by our dear friend Marty Porter:


You can view and download a copy of the Austin Ukulele Society’s 2020 Holiday Songbook, and watch a replay of the webcast:


As always, we owe a huge thanks to Jen for expertly moderating the chat and to Lyda for her excellent PowerPoint skills (as well as harmonies on “Baby, Please Come Home.”) Bob, Jen, Lyda and Matt all have lots of behind-the-scenes duties that help the Austin Ukulele Society run smoothly – and we thank you so much for all of your kind sentiments and notes that go along with the great selfies. We wish everyone a peaceful, joyful and healthy holiday season and a great start to 2021.

We’ll ‘see you’ on YouTube on Thursday, January 14th, to celebrate the start of the Austin Ukulele Society’s 11th year! 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 time for the holidays. 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!

November 12, 2020: Last Christmas!

Last ChristmasHappy November! The Austin Ukulele Society’s members and friends from around the globe had a wonderful time kicking off the holiday season together, at the November 2020 meeting. We began the evening with greetings from uke lovers near and far, from the Philippines to Brazil, Germany to Canada, England to California, areas in and around Austin and, of course, many points across the U.S. Bob shared some news and updates, reminding friends to subscribe to our YouTube channel, enjoy our group videos, consider purchasing our new 10th anniversary t-shirt and to support their local ukulele music groups however they can. We then warmed up our fingers and voices with Bob Marley’s timelessly cheerful “Three Little Birds”.

We’ve always loved to learn and play a holiday season song at our November meetings, as it’s never too early to get that Christmas/holiday spirit going! There were several years where we’ve visited Christmas standards from 50-100 years ago, but Bob and I are big fans of 80’s music and the 1984 Wham! hit “Last Christmas” is a modern day classic that were very excited to share with you! Bob performed a great demo of “Last Christmas,” to help us get familiar with his arrangement, strum pattern and tempo. He took us through helpful exercises to get us comfortable with the chords, strums, and gave us a great tutorial on chuck strum styles. We put it all together and played “Last Christmas” through, twice – and we all sounded wonderful! πŸ™‚

Many friends stuck around and enjoyed the world debut of the collaborative video of “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” excellently produced by our dear friend Marty Porter.

A big thanks to Lyda Guz for being an excellent projectionist and to Jen Richardson for all of her engaging ‘chat’ moderation.

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

Thank you for joining us, sending in your selfies, and being so positive! We hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

We look forward to seeing you again on Thursday, December 10, for our “holiday strum-a-long and virtual party”! 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 time for the holidays. 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!

October 8, 2020: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots!

Flaming LipsHappy Halloween, friends! Spook-ulele players from around the globe joined in for the Austin Ukulele Society’s virtual October meeting. It was wonderful to greet friends from as far as Peru, Germany and Canada, as well as our Austin-area longtime friends and many acquaintances from around the U.S. We kicked off the meeting with some ukulele news, including a recap of Lil Rev’s September 25th finger-picking workshop and concert, plus a reminder to check out our website’s Events tab for info about local uke bands who may have virtual and/or socially distanced live music to enjoy. We then warmed up our voices, hearts and fingers with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”

As is our habit in October, we picked a song that could easily fit into your Halloween-themed playlist: the Flaming Lips’ “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1“. It was a really fun choice, and we’re so glad to hear both from long-time fans of the Flaming Lips, and from many of you who didn’t previously know the song, that you really enjoyed getting familiar with it. Bob broke down the song to teach us each part – the strum styles, the chord shapes and progressions, as well as the tab and finger-picking options. After practicing each part, we confidently played and sang the song through a couple of times.

Before the meeting ended, we played our closing song – Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”

We’re grateful, as always, to Lyda and Jen’s contributions to helping the meeting run smoothly – Lyda’s excellent presentation skills and Jen’s moderation of the chat are essential, and an extra thanks to Jen for battling the bad troll-bots while we learned “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.” πŸ™‚

You can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide, including exercises and drills. You can also watch a replay of the webcast. Watch the entire show or jump to the part you most want to see!
      β— Welcome
      β— “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
      β— Bob’s “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” Tutorial
      β— “On the Road Again” closing song
      β— Bob’s demo video of “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots”

Thank you for joining us, sending in your selfies, and being so positive! We hope you have a safe and happy Halloween, and that you stay healthy through the pandemic.

We’re looking forward to “seeing” you all again at our November 12 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!


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!

β˜… Lil Rev Workshop and Concert: Friday, September 25! β˜…

Hello friends! The Austin Ukulele Society is excited to host a virtual workshop and concert with the one and only Lil Rev! We’ll go live on the Austin Ukulele Society YouTube channel on Friday, September 25th, from 7:00 – 9:00pm, CDT. If you had the pleasure of attending Lil Rev’s in-person workshop with us in January 2018 or back in 2012, you know first-hand what an excellent experience you’ll have. And if you haven’t experienced Lil Rev’s magic yet, then you’re in for a treat!

The workshop and performance are open to all, and Lil Rev will gratefully accept tips (recommended donations of $10-20 per attendee, which can be paid directly to him via PayPal, Venmo or by check. Donation information will be posted during the event.

Simply click the YouTube Live Event to join when we go live on September 25 at 7:00pm US Central Daylight Time (GMT -05:00)!

A recording of the workshop and concert will be available only until October 10 at noon US Central Daylight Time!

Workshop: Fingerpicking On The Ukulele
This is an intro level course that teaches six different fingerpicking patterns with simple 2 and 3 chord songs, that we’ll try them out with. Together we’ll explore: Inside/Outside Pattern, Outside/Inside Pattern, The Pinch, Alternating Thumb Patterns, Arpeggios for song accompaniment and adding variety when backing up others who are strumming. In addition to this, we’ll learn a Texas Blues Classic by the late Blues Legend Mance Lipscomb, and arpeggiate a 150-year old shaker Hymn along with much more! All levels are welcome.

Lil Rev is a world-class entertainer and steward of vintage song and lore. Performing with ukulele, harmonica, mandolin, guitar and banjo, Rev has an unmatched repertoire of both traditional and original song, poetry, storytelling and humor. Audiences will sing along, clap, laugh, and maybe even shed a tear at a Lil’ Rev performance. Both entertainer and educator, Rev is renowned as one of the preeminent ukulele instructors and performers in the nation with seven instructional books to his credit. Learn more about Lil Rev on his website.

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


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 10, 2020: Can’t Fight This Feeling!

REO Speedwagon

For the Austin Ukulele Society’s September meeting, nearly two hundred ukulele enthusiasts from around the globe met up to sing, strum and pick together virtually. We enjoyed greeting friends from Peru to India, Australia to Canada, Germany to Singapore, and many U.S. states. Bob kicked off the meeting by sharing some ukulele news, including info about the upcoming Lil Rev workshop and concert we’re hosting on Friday, September 25. We warmed up our fingers and voices with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Next, Bob demonstrated his terrific arrangement of the classic power-ballad by REO Speedwagon, “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” Bob then took us through the exercises he’d prepared, which helped us learn the strumming style, the picking options, and the chord changes for this huge 1984 hit. When we put the song together and played it through a couple of times, everyone was feeling confident and happy! We closed out the evening by playing Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”

Many thanks to Bob Guz for sharing his expertise, Lyda Guz for presenting the PowerPoint slides, and Jen Richardson for moderating and responding to the live commenting.

  

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You can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Can’t Fight This Feeling” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide, including exercises and drills. You can also watch a replay of the webcast. Watch the entire show or jump to the part you most want to see!
      β— Welcome
      β— “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
      β— Bob’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling” Tutorial
      β— Bob’s demo video of “Can’t Fight This Feeling”
      β— “On the Road Again” closing song

We love all of the selfies you sent — makes it almost feel like an in-person gathering! The many notes we received were very thoughtful and kind, and we’re so glad everyone felt they learned something!







 
We’re looking forward to “seeing” you all again at our October 8 meeting as well as the Lil Rev workshop on September 25! 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!


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!

August 13, 2020: Tin Pan Alley Medley!

On a mid-August evening, nearly 200 ukulele players on at least four continents (North America, South America, Europe and Australia) met up virtually to play music and sing songs, in pandemic-style togetherness, keeping the ukulele kindred spirit going strong. As the Austin Ukulele Society’s virtual meeting got started, everyone had a great time catching up over the live chat and seeing a cool photo of Bob’s grandpa playing ukulele in 1930. Bob then shared some local ukulele news, including a recap of our recent fundraiser for Kick Butt Coffee, and we launched into our warm up song (Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”)

Next, Bob performed his lovely arrangement of “Tin Pan Alley Medley No. 4” to demonstrate what we’d be learning to strum and sing. He led the group through helpful exercises, getting us comfortable with the tempo, chord progressions, and strum pattern. Bob answered some questions that Jen and Lyda fielded to him, and when we were feeling ready, we played the medley through a couple of times (with thundering applause at the end). πŸ™‚ Before we parted ways, we played Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”

Thank you so much to Bob Guz for his excellent teaching, Lyda Guz for managing the presentation slides and Jen Richardson for moderating the live comment/chat feed.

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You can download the lyrics and chords for “Tin Pan Alley Medley No. 4” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide, including exercises and drills. You can also watch a replay of the webcast. Watch the entire show or jump to the part you most want to see!
      β— Welcome
      β— “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
      β— Bob’s “Tin Pan Alley Medley” Tutorial
      β— “On the Road Again” closing song

We love all of the feedback and photos you sent! The feedback was very thoughtful and kind, and we’re so glad everyone felt they learned something.

 
We hope you all stay healthy and well over the coming weeks, and we look forward to you joining us at the September 10th 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!


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!

Kick Butt Virtual Concert: July 25, 2020!

Kick Butt CoffeeHello, friends! Bob, Sho and Jen want to express many, many thanks to our fans and friends who tuned in and donated generously to Kick Butt! It feels wonderful to have had an immediate impact on a venue we all treasure. Kick Butt is a great friend to a huge area of performing arts, including all genres of music, spoken word, and comedy. Their support of the ukulele community, by hosting Austin Ukulele Society ukulele open mic nights, Kevin Carroll’s Ukulele Joy events, and Cynthia Lin for a uke jam and concert, is unparalleled.

Thomas Gohring, or Master Gohring as he is affectionately (and appropriately) called, sent us this note: “You raised $1,583.58 (not including any checks that may be sent)… I am deeply touched and eternally grateful. I just transferred the funds to Kick Butt; this will be an immediate help to cover outstanding paychecks and expenses for Kick Butt.”

 
In case you didn’t get to view the show, the performance was recorded and is viewable on the AUS YouTube channel:

Heartfelt thanks to the wonderful artists who so generously donated their time and talent for the concert! Please visit their websites and support them!


We look forward to having you join us for our next virtual meeting on Thursday, August 13, at 7:00pm U.S. Central Time! Take care and be well until then, friends. πŸ™‚

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


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!

July 9, 2020: Wouldn’t It Be Nice

Beach_BoysThe Austin Ukulele Society’s July virtual meeting was a lot of fun, with over 200 ukulele enthusiasts of all skill levels joining in to play and sing. From Hawaii to Nova Scotia, Australia to Germany and points all over the continental U.S., we enjoyed sharing the global ukulele spirit with our friends. After some greetings, Bob shared news about upcoming ukulele events, including the upcoming Kick Butt Coffee Benefit Ukulele Concert hosted by the Austin Ukulele Society and Sho Humphries on Saturday, July 25, at 5:00pm US Central Time. It’ll be streamed on the AUS YouTube channel, and everyone is invited to tune in (and, if possible, donate to this wonderful and quirky Austin venue, struggling while closed throughout the shelter-in-place orders).

As usual, we warmed up our hands, voices and spirits with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds,” then dove into learning our featured song. The Beach Boys conjure up images of favorite summer pastimes like going to the beach, surfing, daydreaming, and more. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” is a delightful musical endeavor with a theme of summertime yearning, and we’re glad everyone was so positive about learning this fun (and a little challenging) song. Bob did a fantastic job of breaking down the song into components, to help everyone get comfortable with the chords, including chord progressions, positioning and alternatives. He went through strum styles in detail as well as options for picking. With Bob’s guidance, we all felt ready to play the song through a few times. We then wrapped up the evening with Willie Nelson’s timeless “On the Road Again.”

A big thanks to Bob Guz for sharing his expertise, Lyda Guz for timely presenting of the PowerPoint slides, and Jen Richardson for moderating and responding to the live commenting.

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You can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide, including exercises and drills. You can also watch a replay of the webcast. Watch the entire show or jump to the part you most want to see!
      β— Welcome
      β— “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
      β— Bob’s “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” Tutorial
      β— “On the Road Again” closing song

We love all of the feedback and photos you sent! The feedback was very thoughtful and kind, and we’re so glad everyone felt they learned something.






 
We look forward to having you join us for our next virtual meeting on Thursday, August 13, at 7:00pm U.S. Central Time! Take care and be well until then, friends. 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!


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!

June 11, 2020: Make You Feel My Love

AdeleThe June meeting of the Austin Ukulele Society was a terrific experience for all who joined in! Over 225 ukulele players from all around the world, including Australia, Brazil, numerous U.S. locales and several provinces of Canada, greeted each other, Bob, Jen and Lyda and got ready to make music together. πŸ™‚ We kicked off the meeting by warming up our fingers and voices with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” before learning to strum and pick the beautiful ballad “Make You Feel My Love.” Written and recorded by Bob Dylan in 1997, it has been a hit for several great artists, but made most famous by Adele, who recorded it on her first album in 2008.

Bob took us through some very helpful exercises which covered chord progressions, strum styles, tips on making chord changes, and options for various chord formations. He also spent time on finger-picking techniques that had many of us “never-pickers” feeling a lot more confident about picking “Make You Feel My Love” as well as practicing it more in the future. πŸ™‚ After we learned all of the parts of “Make You Feel My Love,” we played it through a couple of times. We wrapped up our meeting, as always, with Wilie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”

A big thanks to Bob Guz for sharing his expertise, Lyda Guz for timely presenting of the PowerPoint slides, and Jen Richardson for moderating and responding to the live commenting. Please send us an email (austinukes @ gmail.com) if you’d like to participate in the collaborative video for “Make You Feel My Love” that our friend Marty Porter will produce later this month.

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You can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Make You Feel My Love” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide, including exercises and drills. You can also watch a replay of the webcast. Watch the entire show or jump to the part you most want to see!
      β— Welcome
      β— “Three Little Birds” warm-up song
      β— Bob’s “Make You Feel My Love” Tutorial
      β— “On the Road Again”

We love all of the feedback and photos you sent! The feedback was very thoughtful and kind, and we’re so glad everyone felt like they learned something.





 
We look forward to having you join us for our next virtual meeting on Thursday, July 9, at 7:00pm U.S. Central Time! 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!


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!