Welcome to the Tulsa Ukulele Club Website

Welcome to the Tulsa Ukulele Club website. We are a group of people of all ages who enjoy playing the ukulele. We welcome every level of player from beginner to professional. We play a wide variety of music, as diverse as our membership. Right now, if you come to one of our meetings you are going to hear a lot of old time standards, country, folk and blues, posssibly some Gospel, but we are welcome to new influences.

While our emphasis is on ukuleles, we welcome other instruments too. Bring your harmonica or guitar and of course, a kazoo is always welcome.

We are a family oriented organization and encourage the entire family to attend, even the little guys, so long as they do not disrupt the meeting. Watch this site for special announcements for meetings when we will be offering free beginner's ukulele lessons.

Unless stated otherwise, we will be meeting at the NYC Pizza shop, 49th and Harvard on Thursday evenings, starting at 6:30 PM. We have Open Mike nights on the 2nd Thursday and program rehearsals and jam sessions on the other Thursdays.

Thank you for visiting our Blog. You will also find a lot of useful links for songs and instruction material in the Handy Links section on the right side of the page.

We also have a web page that contains a lot of the songs in our song book -- see https://sites.google.com/site/tulsaukuleleclub/

We also have a YouTube channel and a Facebook page ("Tulsa Uke Club").

Please contact us if you have any questions at tulsaukes@gmail.com.







Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wacky Hat Fifth Thursdays:

Only several times a year is there a fifth Thursday. On this fifth Thursday we are granted an extra time that in that month to gather together and play our ukuleles.

I dub this special day Wacky Hat Fifth Thursday. So join me this Thursday to play our ukuleles and don an Wacky Hat (or a normal hat) if you desire.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tulsa Ukulele Club and its summer 2014 transformation.


A lot of people in our group have invested in the two Daily Ukulele song books and we are using them more and more in our meetings rather than printed out song sheets.
Advantage: Actual song score shows how the song is played precisely. We don't have several versions of the same song at the table.


We have sadly had some of our long time members move away while joyfully seeing a host of new players join us. With the newer players at meetings we have been going through the Yellow and Blue books, as we call them, picking out easier songs and jamming. For myself it has been an enjoyable time reconnecting with these songs. As a group changes so does the song list for possible performance songs. After some discussion at last night's meet it was agreed to take this approach for our new performance song list:

1. Pick easy songs from the Yellow and Blue books that we enjoy and would like to perform.
2. Develop Intros ,Endings, and determine repeats (if required for song length).
3. Work on these songs at meetings during the rehearsal period.
Advantage: We won't need to print out any new song sheets to practice. We can practice right from our Yellow and Blue books. We might want to make notes in these books pertaining to the Intros, Endings, and Repeats. 

If we do perform we have two options for on stage music:
A. Actually use the Yellow and Blue books on stage. Having our song list on a sheet with our performance songs and page numbers. Ideally working from one book for a time then changing to the other and not changing out books constantly between each song.
Advantage: Only one sheet to print out and we use books we have.
Disadvantage: Using two heavy books and switching them out during the performance.
B. Actually use a specially printed out songbook derived from the Yellow and Blue book songs we have chosen. 
Advantage: It will be lighter and the songs in set list order. 
Disadvantage: Requires printing and now we have another book.

Now some members my not be interested in performing and we respect that but one might assume that we all like to be proficient at playing songs. Whether practicing these songs for performing or proficiency together we can use this list. 

So, we are taking suggestions. Look through the books and pick out some beginner to intermediate songs. Let us know your ideas for performance songs.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

17 July 2014 Meeting:


Let's do a rehearsal/Jam tonight at the NYC Pizzeria.

Friday, June 27, 2014

3rd of July meeting cancelled.

We discussed it last night at the meeting and decided to just cancel  the meeting on the 3rd of July. Enjoy your long Independent Day weekend everyone. Maybe find a patriotic songs to play on you ukulele.

Monday, June 23, 2014

TUC Level One Hawaiian Song Book



After a discussion in our last club meeting I picked out twelve Hawaiian songs from our club's two main song books. I made up a small book of song sheets. The song sheets are the same as in the main books except intros because the main books have no intros for most song. If the main book had an ending I left it the same but most songs don't have endings so I made them up as well. Mostly we can use our main books while the sheets I made are for stage use or until everyone has the main books. The song book is called "TUC Level One Hawaiian Performance Book D3" and is located on the Tulsa Ukulele Club Resources Page.

I also made Play Along Videos of these songs on our Tulsa UkeClub YouTube channel. These Play Along Videos are on a playlist called "Level One Hawaiian Song Book" (if I recall correctly). The videos have the chords and lyrics on the screen so a book isn't even needed.

We have had three requests for our club to perform Hawaiian songs on our ukuleles in the last two years. One party, one group meeting, and one retirement village. We did all three gigs but with minimal players. It would be nice to have many of us up to speed on these songs and have a bigger band to perform the next luau.

Thank you.
Rex (Jazzbanjorex)

Friday, June 13, 2014

SUMMER 2014 SCHEDULE:

2nd Thursday meeting will remain Open Mic Nights while all other Thursday night meetings will be Rehearsal/Jam Nights. We have been relying on the Yellow Daily Ukulele Book for a lot of our material lately. Other materials are always welcome. We have beginners through well experienced players. All are welcome.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

12 June 2014

This Thursday, 12 June 2014, we will be having a Ukulele Open Mic night at the NYC Pizzeria. Come to eat, visit, play, and listen. Performance is not required for we have many who just come to listen and visit regularly.

Captain brings his PA system and mics the vocals and ukulele.

I (Rex) will bring my audio and video recording equipment. If you wish to not be recorded we respect that and we won't. What we usually do is record each performance and upload the video to our YouTube Channel (Tulsa UkeClub) as soon as we can. This is great for those who don't have their own YouTube Channel and wish to exhibit their videos through our club channel.

We hope to see you there.