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October 11, 2018: Who Can It Be Now?

On a mild October evening, 140+ local and visiting ukulele players (from as far as Cali, Colombia!) enjoyed our Halloween-inspired meeting. There were plenty of Dia de los Muertos shirts, animal ears and rockstar wigs – even Batman made an appearance! – as we got into the spirit of the season. Men at Work’s classic but creepy 1981 hit “Who Can It Be Now?” fits our tradition of Halloween-themed October songs and may make us all a bit more wary of trick-or-treaters at our doors this coming All Hallow’s Eve. πŸ™‚

Our meeting kicked off with introductions, local ukulele event announcements and our warm-up, feel-good song (Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds”). Bob introduced us to a special guest – one of Austin’s best saxophone players, Paul Klemperer. They performed Men at Work’s “Who Can It Be Now?” to demonstrate the arrangement Bob had prepared for us. Bob led the group through several helpful exercises for the strumming pattern, chord progressions and vocal harmonies. As the group played the song through a few times, we sounded better and better each time. With the assistance of Paul Klemperer on sax and Kevin Carroll on U-bass, we recorded the song to share with all of our ukulele-loving friends on YouTube. Check it out!

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Who Can It Be Now?” 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 loved the extraordinary talents of our open mic participants, who shared a wonderfully eclectic mix of songs that included a duet on a cover of a Swedish band, a Halloween-appropriate 1960’s cover (“Haunted House,”) a couple of original love songs from Colombia and Austin, and a great cover of a humorous Roger Miller tune. Thank you to Erin and Gabrielle, Walter, Camilo, Curt and Roger for sharing these lovely performances with us.

(Clockwise, from top left: Erin and Gabrielle, Camilo, Richard, Curt, Walter.)

As always, we look forward to strumming and singing at our next monthly meeting, on Thursday, November 8th! πŸ™‚

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

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September 13, 2018: Cruel To Be Kind!

Adding some much needed brightness to the rainiest week Austin has seen in 2018, the September meeting of the Austin Ukulele Society put huge smiles on the faces of many, as we learned to sing and strum Nick Lowe’s super poppy 1979 new wave hit “Cruel To Be Kind.”

The evening began with introductions and local ukulele news of other group playing opportunities and performances around town, including the upcoming ukulele tribute to Willie Nelson (Uketania 9 – Ukulele Willie) on Wednesday, September 19. We warmed up with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds,” and then our Bob G. performed Nick Lowe’s “Cruel to Be Kind” to demonstrate the arrangement we’d be learning. Bob led the group through exercises he’d prepared to help everyone get familiar with the strumming pattern, chord progressions and harmonizing opportunities. When we played the song through a few times, we sounded terrific. After the open mic part of the meeting, we played and recorded “Cruel to Be Kind” to share with our ukulele friends around the world!

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Cruel To Be Kind” 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 enjoyed varied and creative covers of classic tunes from the 1930s through the 1970s, by Paul, Kent, Class Act, The John Davenport and the Austin Ukestra.

(Clockwise, from top left: Paul, Class Act (Brock, Christine, and Charlie), The John Davenport, and the Austin Ukestra.)

As always, we’re thankful to all who join us at our monthly meeting, and we look forward to making more ukulele music with you next month on Thursday, October 11th! πŸ™‚

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

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August 9, 2018: Chandelier!

An enthusiastic group of 150 or so ukulele players attended the August meeting of the Austin Ukulele Society. Seasoned players, novices, first timers and visitors from outside of the Austin area were all happily welcomed, as always. We’ve wanted to do a contemporary hit by a female artist for some time, and at this meeting we learned to strum and sing Sia‘s 2014 electro-pop hit “Chandelier.”

We got started with introductions and ukulele news, including reminders for our upcoming Ukulele Open Mic Happy Hour on September 1st and Uketania 9 (Ukulele Willie) on September 19. We then warmed up our fingers, ukuleles and voices with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Next, Bob told us a little about his arrangement of “Chandelier” and performed it for us, to give us an example of what we’d be singing and playing. Bob then guided the group through practicing the strum patterns, chord progressions and picking options for this song. We played it through a several times, getting more confident and sounding better and better with each run through. We hope you enjoy our performance on YouTube!

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Chandelier” 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 enjoyed our open mic participants’ performances. Thanks to the Kevin Carroll’s Celtic music group, Vince, Tate and Mason, and The John Davenport for sharing their talent with a great variety of tunes.

(Top left: Vince, Top right: Kevin Carroll’s Celtic music group, Bottom left: John, Middle row: Tate and Mason.)

We look forward to seeing you at the Ukulele Open Mic Happy Hour on September 1st at Kick Butt Coffee – and, of course, at our next monthly meeting on Thursday, September 13th! πŸ™‚

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July 12, 2018: I Could Never Take the Place…

A lovely group of ukulele players from all parts of the Austin area (and as far away as the United Kingdom) gathered on a warm July evening to strum ukuleles and sing harmonies, as we paid homage to the late, great musician and songwriter Prince (sometimes also known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince) with our take on his 1987 hit “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man.”

Before Bob began teaching us this great pop rock hit, we kicked off the meeting with introductions, local ukulele news and our warmup song that always lifts our spirits and voices, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Then Bob shared some info about the multi-layered musicianship and vocals in “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man” and performed it for us as a demonstration of the arrangement. Bob took us through some very helpful chord progressions, strumming patterns, picking options, and harmonizing possibilities. We practiced the song, getting better and better each time, and recorded it to share with our ukulele friends around the globe. We owe a big thanks to Aaron Lewis for his U-bass accompaniment and hope you enjoy our cover of this Prince classic.

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man” 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 were delighted by our wonderful open mic participants! Matilda, Mason, Rodger, Helen and Demi all shared fantastic renditions of both modern and timeless tunes – we are so grateful for their willingness to do so.

(Top row: Matilda, Helen, Rodger. Middle row: Mason, Demi.)

We hope you’ll join us at our next monthly meeting, on Thursday, August 9th! πŸ™‚

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

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June 14, 2018: Up On the Roof!

On a breezy and warm June night, 150 or so ukulele players learned to sing and strum a lovely rendition of Carole King’s classic, “Up on the Roof,” first made famous by The Drifters in 1962.

Before we got busy strumming, we kicked off the meeting with introductions and local ukulele news, including an announcement about a workshop and concert Bob Guz will lead on Friday, July 13th (more info on that coming soon!). The group then enjoyed warming up their fingers and voices with Bob Marley’s always uplifting “Three Little Birds.” Then Bob took us through some very helpful chord progression exercises as well as his recommended strumming pattern for “Up on the Roof.” When we put the song all together, and with the great accompaniment of Aaron Lewis on U-bass, we were sounding fantastic! After a few more practice run-throughs we recorded it for our YouTube channel. We hope you enjoy it!

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Up On the Roof” 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 were also treated to the terrific talents of our open mic participants: Cindi, Jay, Tuesday Ukulele Group (TUG) members, Chris, and Walter. With creative covers and impressive originals to boot, we felt fortunate to hear such great music.

(Upper left: Cindi. Middle row: TUG, Jay, and Walter. Lower right: Chris.)

As always, we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Thursday, July 12th! πŸ™‚

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

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May 10, 2018: Rebels Just for Kicks!

The May 2018 Austin Ukulele Society meeting was a blast, with about 160 ukulele players kicking it Portugal. The Man-style by learning to strum and sing their huge hit “Feel It Still“!

Our meeting began with introductions and some local ukulele news, including reminders to support local ukulele musicians’ shows, learning workshops, and other chances to learn and play with other ukulele jams/groups around town. Remember, you can always keep up with these opportunities on our website, under the Events and Learning tabs. The group then warmed up, as usual, with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”

To help introduce us to our new song of the month, Bob performed, along with Aaron Lewis on bass, Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still.” Bob explained that there were only two chord progressions in the song and provided some helpful exercise drills, so we all got comfortable with the chord transitions quickly. Afterward, Bob took us through some harmonizing options, and we spent some time playing and singing the song. After a few times through, we were sounding really great – so we recorded it and and are thrilled to share it with our ukulele friends around the globe, on YouTube.

Thanks again to Aaron Lewis for accompanying us on bass and a special shout out to Shin – it was wonderful to have you back! πŸ™‚

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Feel It Still” 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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Once we were feeling comfortable with “Feel It Still”, we took some time to enjoy the very talented open mic participants! Christi, Sho and Shin, Gaige, Roger, and Kathy and Bill all performed a diverse selection of very creative and cool cover tunes.

(Above, clockwise from upper left: Christi, Shin and Sho, Rodger, Kathy and Bill, Gaige.)

Looking forward to strumming and singing with you all at our next monthly meeting on Thursday, June 14! πŸ™‚

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

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April 12, 2018: The Mavericks!

On a balmy spring evening, one of the biggest groups of ukulele players at an Austin Ukulele Society meeting yet (170!), gathered to make music together. Our new-to-us song for the month was an infectious hit by The Mavericks, “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down.”

Before we launched into learning our new song, we kicked off the meeting with introductions, local ukulele news and ukulele shows around town. The group warmed up their fingers and voices, as always, with Bob Marley’s beloved and optimistic classic, “Three Little Birds.” Afterward, together with guest musicians Bill Jones on button accordion and Aaron Lewis on bass, Bob played through “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” to demonstrate the arrangement he’d prepared for us. Bob then took the group through some helpful drills on the chord progressions and strumming pattern, and included some variants on the two chords to give the sound a little more depth. We also practiced some harmonizing, since The Mavericks’ lead singer RaΓΊl Malo has such an amazing voice, and we wanted to do the band justice (and we did!).

Many thanks to Bill Jones for accompanying us on button accordion and to Aaron Lewis for keeping the rhythm going on bass; these additions made the evening much more special! πŸ™‚

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down” 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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After playing and singing together for a while, we took a break to enjoy some great open mic performances. Both The John Davenport and Sho H. played fantastic originals for us, and we truly enjoyed creative and cool covers performed by Gaige and Matilda. The group is always warm and receptive to hearing what our friends are working on during the open mic portion of the evening; we look forward to you sharing next time, too!

(Above, clockwise from upper left: Gaige, Bob, Bill, Matilda, The John Davenport, Sho H.)

We look forward to strumming and singing with you all at our next monthly meeting on Thursday, May 10th! πŸ™‚

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

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