We are going to work on Christmas songs for our Christmas In the Country gig. As well, we will decide our 3 or 4 "lead" songs for WEM in February.
We had the idea of adding some time and playing longer. Let's do it! Let's go from 1 PM to 3 PM.
November we will do songs from last month and then some Christmas songs so we are ready for December.
Sunday October 6, 2:00 PM Safeway party room Sherwood Park Mall
Here is the song list we agreed on at the September meet for our September gigs (click the button): I will add page numbers to the songs when I get the chance.
Terry Fox Day
We will meet at the stage at Broadmoor Lake Park (same place as Canada Day) at 8:45 AM.
We will meet at Greenland Garden Centre at 12:45PM
Oye Como Va
Somos El Barco
Three Little Birds (Yellow p. 237)
San Francisco Bay (Blue 294)
Love Potion No. 9 (Yellow p. 155)
Me and Bobby (Yellow p. 158)
This month we will be working on a special song that expands our strumming into new possibilities as well as featuring a short picking segment. It isn't anything to do with Batman, I just thought that was a cool picture to add to this post. In addition, we will sing and play requests seeing as though World Ukulele Day was just the day before and we had worked pretty hard to prepare for that.
Here is the song list for January. Our selections are our "focus" pieces but everyone plays everyone else's selections altogether on World Ukulele Day.
We will also be meeting Sunday December 2 at 2 PM. For that meeting we will play Christmas music and open the big doors to play for the shoppers.
The tab from the Blue Book for "And I Love Her," generated some questions at our last meet. Does this video help you? Let me know.
The main thing I think is technique. As I state in the video, the first time I played an ukulele I attempted to play it like a little guitar with guitar-like technique. It was taking the James Hill teacher training course that set me straight. James Hill has an impressive list of consultants on one of the opening pages of his book "Ukulele In The Classroom," he's really done his homework. What he came up with is that the best starting technique for ukulele is to hold it up pretty high without resting it on your leg and holding it with your hand directly below the neck. Then, the thumb is used for single note picking and for down-strums. I would think that most ukulele experts would agree. I think this works perfectly for the riff at the end of "And I Love Her."
Link to James Hill's main page:
Link to James Hill's teacher training course I attended:
Here is the song list for Sunday October 7th
Amapola p. 20
And I Love Her p. 24
Catch A Falling Star p. 67
Scarborough Fair p. 296
Your Mother Should Know p. 412
Never On A Sunday p. 263
If there is time we can do requests!