ukelele 2014

December 13, 14, 20, 21, 2014
Mark Baker was one of the entertainers in the Chandler Center for the Arts Christmas Shows.

December 11, 2014, 3:30-5:30 pm
Christmas potluck party and open mic in AZ rooms 3 & 4.

December 2-20, 2014
Hawaii Cruise

November 29, 2014
Club performed these songs at the 43rd Annual Sun City Fall Arts & Crafts Festival at Sundial.
  1. My Little Grass Shack in F or alt. format
  2. Five Foot Two - SC 7
  3. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
  4. I'm into Something Good - SC 234 or alt. format
  5. Kansas City - SC 251 or alt. format
  6. San Francisco Bay Blues with Kazoo
  7. Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King
  8. Rawhide - SC 191
  9. I'm an Old Cowhand - SC 192 or alt. format
  10. Runaround Sue - SC 21
  11. Under the Boardwalk - front of SC book 2 or SC 23 or alt. format
    Book 1 p 23 version has G7 chord in line 1 on a different word.
  12. Brown Eyed Girl - SC 214 alt. format and also: in the key of F
  13. Happy Trails - SC 194
  14. Wagon Wheel or formatted to fit on one page

November 6, 2014
Workshops:
2:30-3:30 pm - Beginners

Mark has prepared the sheet music for the piece “Chopstix” in standard music notation and tablature which you will learn to play in 4 part harmony by finger picking the individual notes. You will learn how to read both the standard music staff and tablature notation for this piece.

4:00-5:00 pm - Intermediates

In this workshop Mark will teach easy basic Jazz chords while learning the classic standard song “The Summer Wind”. You will also learn more about common chord shapes or patterns and how they move up the fret board. To participate in this workshop you should be able to play a C Major scale competently in both directions.

October 30, 2014
General Meeting for election of officers

October 23, 2014
Larry Vroom and Jean Anderson led a workshop - "How to Change Ukulele Strings."

October 16, 2014
Trudy led our Thursday session with Santa Cruz books #1 and #2, plus these songs:
  • Ukulele - sung to the tune 'Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen
  • Lady Madonna - The Beatles
  • Wagon Wheel - written by Bob Dylan, popularized by Darius Rucker, formerly of Hootie and the Blowfish
Listen to them on YouTube if you don't know them.

Bob Isaacson encouraged beginners to practice with something other than the boring "Down Down Down Down" strum. A strum that works for most country and rock tunes with 4/4 time is D- D- DU DU, i.e. strum the strings on the up stroke of the 3rd and 4th beats in a measure.

And another strum good for country and rock tunes: Put emphasis on the 2nd and 4th strums in a measure.

Trudy mentioned the dreaded E chord (fingering 4442 - that's 1st string, 2nd fret, and 2nd, 3rd, 4th string of the 4th fret), and showed us an alternate way to play this chord: Barre the 4th fret, and put your little finger on the first string (A) of the 7th fret (4447). Keeping that same position, you can slide down the fret board to play these chords: D# (3336), D (2225), C# (1114), and C (0003 - pressing "A" string with other 3 open, the common "C" chord); or up the fret board to play F (5558) or F# (6669).

October 9, 2014
After brainstorming on ideas on how to incorporate teaching into our club meetings, we'll be making these exciting changes:

From November through March, the first Thursday of every month with be "Workshop/Lesson" night.

The cost of each one hour workshop is $10. All workshops will be taught by our Musical Director, Mark Baker. If you have any questions about the workshops, you can call Mark at 623-974-3360.

October 9, 2014
Mark recommends we use a metronome to practice songs at a suggested tempo.

Check out the Tempo bullet on the resources page for a list of songs with recommended tempo, and some info on metronomes.

March 27, 2014
Open Mic Afternoon and a farewell to the snowbirds (we needed an excuse). The club provided beer and wine, and some members brought hors d'oeuvres for members, spouses, significant others, and friends.

Open Mic Afternoon is everyone's chance to shine and to share with the club your favorite songs. If you want a little support up there, just call a fellow uker (or 2 or 3 or 4), get together, and practice the number (or numbers) that you would like to play and sing. Remember, you don't have to be a professional, you just have to love music, and be willing to share with the rest of this music loving group. It's a guarantee that we will give you a standing ovation for your first time on stage.

March 22 & 23, 2014
Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival at Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 59th Ave.

March 8, 2014
Mark Baker performed at a Ventana Lakes concert located at 20015 N. 108th Lane.

February 27, 2014
The Sukey Jump Band performed for an hour. Heidi Swedberg led a one-hour workshop.

February 24, 2014
Member Floyd Posey won 2 gold medals in skiing in the Arizona Senior Olympics in Flagstaff. He came in 1st of 11, twice!

February 21, 2014
Jake Shimabukuro concert

January 28-30, 2014
Mark appeared at three Arizona Music Fest performances.

January 16, 2014
A huge THANK YOU to Trudy and Larry for organizing Open Mic Night with pizza.

January 9, 2014
2014 nametags are available from Kathy. Reuse your name tag holder if available. Dues are $10 for the year. Guest members pay the $10 annual fee and then $2 for each session they attend.

January 6, 2014
Small group performance at Grace Bible Church, 19280 N 99th Ave, Sun City. Mark contacted 6-8 people for this.