There are ukuleles available for checkout for three weeks at a time at the Maricopa library branches at Fairway and Bell Rec Centers. The ukuleles were donated by our club.
There are extra ukuleles available on jam days.
A number of members own a Snark tuner that clips on the headstock. Any model is probably okay. As of Nov, 2017, the SN8(B) from Amazon includes picks and string winder. $16.99 (price changes often) at Amazon.
There's also the Cleartune phone app for $3.99, available for iPhone and Android.
Many of the songs we play are in the Santa Cruz Ukulele Club song Books 1, 2 and 3. Songs from these books are now online, but if your personal preference is a physical book, these can be printed by the Staples store at 7865 W. Bell, Peoria, (623)878-4411. Oct, 2017 update: the store has the files. You don't have to bring a digital copy. Call ahead to check on the details of how to order, approximately $30 plus tax per book. Book 3 has more pages, a color cover for an extra 69 cents (you have to ask for it), costs $34.08 as of Nov 2015. You don't want to print the entire books in color - $$. From Sun City go east on Bell, turn into the shopping area past 79th Avenue and before 77th Avenue. You might want to make a note of the return directions. Assuming you want to make a left turn onto Bell to return to Sun City -- to escape the shopping center: drive back west through the parking lot past Target, turn right on 79th, head for the left turn lane in front of the stop light, and turn left onto Bell.
An alternative to buying books is to check out a flash drive from our library. See Joe Irrgang. The flash drive contains the songs from Books 1, 2 and 3, as well as a copy of the songs on our website as of the date the jump drive was written. Copying from a flash drive is quicker than one-at-a-time online.
The Daily Ukulele and The Daily Ukulele Leap Year Edition are two popular song books available at Sam Ash music store, 4402 W. Cactus, Glendale, AZ, (602)863-7746. Show your Sun City Ukulele Club badge for a discount. The two books contain sheet music for 365 and 366 songs with chords printed above, about $30 each.
You can order a blue shirt from: Desert Sun Embroidery, 12805 W Beardsley Rd, Sun City West, 85375. 623-236-8307.
Men's shirt: K528 Men's Port Authority Jacquard Polo. Color: Hyper Blue.
Women's shirt: L528 Ladies Port Authority Jacquard Polo. Color: Hyper Blue.
Tell them you are from the Sun City Ukulele Club and want a club shirt.
It's a good idea to go to the store, try on a shirt for size and then place an order.
Club member Jean Anderson is a luthier. She shared this information: I get a lot of requests for Living Water Strings.
Ken Middleton is the best site to order them online. They take PayPal or a debit/Credit Card. At the bottom left of their homepage is a drop down menu to pick the set you would like to order. They have High and Low G options. I order the Concert Size for both concert and tenor ukuleles as they are plenty long enough for either size. The prices are in British pounds but when you check out with Paypal the price with shipping, etc comes to around $15.
If you do order strings and would rather not install them yourself, Jean can install them for you. Jean's Violin Repair
Happy's husband, Gene Anderson, is another luthier. Call him at 875-2525.
Another option is to take close-up pictures with an iPad of the bridge and the tuning pegs and search the internet for how to restring a ukulele. Aquila is a popular brand of strings. Buy ones that fit your instrument (tenor or concert), and specify low-G or high-G. Buy online or at Sam Ash.
Mark uses Worth clear tenor with low G strings.
Staples item 515621, called a booklift copyholder, also called a bookstand, sits on a table and is a convenient music stand alternative at home. According to one report, this is too lightweight to hold a book - works ok for a sheet of music.
Mark recommends we use a metronome to practice songs at the tempo that we will use on Thursdays.
Here is a partial list of our favorite songs and suggested tempo.
Metronome Plus ($1.99) is a popular iPad/iPhone metronome according to Dr. Noa Kageyama.
The same article recommends Mobile Metronome (free) for an Android phone.
Mark uses and recommends Tempo by Frozen Ape ($1.99 iOS, $1.25 Android).
There are many free metronomes on the web:
Many of the songs we like are in
Bladensburg High School Class of 1959 Video Jukebox
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[G] Night and you and [C] Blue Ha[G]waii
The [E7] night is [A7] heavenly [D7]
And you are [G] heaven to me [Am] [Cm6] [D]
Select a new key [C], and voila!
[C] Night and you and [F] Blue Ha[C]waii
The [A7] night is [D7] heavenly [G7]
And you are [C] heaven to me [Dm] [Fm6] [G]