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, possibly 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.

We have been evaluating several alternative sites for our meetings. Watch the blog postings below for the latest meeting place. At this time (10-17) we are meeting in the lobby of the Cancer Center of America in the first Thursday, have an Open Mike Night and jam on the second Thursday at Burgundy Place and the other Thursdays are jams at Burgundy Place or some other location. Check the blog, the web page or contact us for latest plans.

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.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Something different

Some of you know that the ukulele can have a different voice depending on wood, construction features, size, shape and strings.  Ukulele Bartt has a short video in which he plays the same short progression in a wide variety of instruments.

I know that my comparatively heavily built tenor Pono, with Worth brown low G strings* has a completely different voice than my other ukes , and has a very different voice than my very lightly built Howlett tenor with NyGut high G strings (and it itself has a brighter voice with Southcoast light gauge strings).

*  Worth brown strings are known to be a mellow string set and the low G adds to this voice.

This video highlights some of the differences that instruments have.  Maybe this will encourage you to consider evaluating alternate string choices for your particular instrument.

Now for a bit of Bartt promotion.   Here is his web page   http://www.bartt.net/   and here is his web page with videos of a number of performances.  http://bartt.net/MediaPage.htm   

As is obvious when you see or hear him play, he was trained as a classical guitarist and loves this genre of music, but his performances include more popular material.    He is a prolific song writer and some of these are highlighted in the media page .  He is courted to come to ukulele festivals around the world to give workshops and concerts.  (He has been to the Dallas festival and will likely be there in 2012.)  His web page contains a wealth of material for ukulele folks including song charts, advice on instruments and a section where you can get his CDs and a very good uke starter DVD  (which I have).  Check it out.


1 comment:

  1. Hey, Ralph -

    Your blog looks great - thanks for putting me in there. I'm proud to be a part of it!