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.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Tuesday evening at WCD

Join us next Tuesday about 6:30 for food, socializing and just a bit of instruction for those who have some questions. We will also have some group songs, circle jam, and if anyone feels the urge, give us a new piece,

Carol has printed out the latest jam book I got from the Dallas club -- this one being a two and three chord song book. This book contains songs from a wide variety of genre's and eras. While only having three chords in a song, it does not mean that they are ultra simple numbers using, as an example F and C7, but does include some numbers with the less familiar Em and more difficult chord changes. I think you will like this new addition to our collection.

Thanks to Carol for printing these out for us. WCD is at 18th and Sheridan adjacent to the large DirectTV office.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Special Saturday meeting

A couple of us are going to meet at the Troubador's Emporium, a small shop in the pioneer village of Persimmon Hollow, NE of 71st and Garnett.  Access is off 115th Ave and the shop is in the back of the property.  Bryan has set up his place for some instrument sales, but principally for allowing local songwriters a venue to show off their latest efforts.   Join us if you can, bringing instruments, of course.  2 PM, this Saturday.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Another good web site

There is a uke site based in the Netherlands that you might want to visit.

click on the link and the home page will come up.  There are two areas of interest.

You will see a fretboard and a list of available chords that will show the fingering in the open position, for three tunings - D, which they call Soprano, (popular in Canada, C Concert, with a high G, C - Tenor with a low G and G, for the Baritone.  Click on the tuning you like and then use the "pick" to strum the chord to see how it sounds.

The other main item is the play-along section.  There are a large number of songs in the list and after you select the tuning you want, find a song and you will see a video, the lyrics and chords, plus the actual fingering.  Because it shows a song in the proper tempo and timing, you can get a good feel how it should be played.  One caveat -- some of the songs seem to have been retracted for copyright reasons.

Have some fun with the songs.  It is a good format.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Need a shaker?

Every now and then one needs a shaker to get some rhythm going and while one can purchase a variety of designs, here is a simple one to make.

WalGreen has knee high stockings for ladies that come in a small egg shaped container. After the stockings are removed, put the lead pellets from a #8 shotgun shell in the container, and there you have one that fits into the hand very nicely.

One can use a small plastic pill bottle too, but the egg shape is nicer