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, October 28, 2011

Something for this weekend

Here is something for this weekend.

Here is the link to the song in Cordie.  A simple song in the key of C (but finishing with a chord of G)


A nice version

Ken Middleton has hundreds of YouTube videos on the internet, both as a reviewer of instruments as well as a performer.  He is a representative for Ohana and as such, he travels to many uke festivals around the world, the most recent one in Nova Scotia.  Here is a nice simple version of Amazing Grace showing that one does not need to be a hyper-speed fingerpicker to do a great job with the uke.

(Sorry, but the link could not show for some reason.)



Thursday, October 27, 2011

November schedule

Shortly, I will be updating the club schedule on our blog schedule our next meetings for our standard 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at the Western Country Diner.

I don't see any problem with the 8th of November, and I personally don't have any problems with the 22nd of November, but if the 22nd is pretty close to Thanksgiving so we might want to think about this date a bit later in the month.

I've added three names to our email list -- Eric Clark, Shawn Gann and Marcus Messimore-- so when you club old timers see them next month, let's give them a big welcome.

Please be thinking about selecting some songs to do on the 8th. This is your group and we want to do numbers you like. How about selecting 3 songs either from our song book or new ones you will share with the group at the next meeting that your like, or would like to learn or on which you would like to improve your technique?

And while we will not, a a group, be giving any performances this holiday season, want to do some Christmas season songs? I really like "Christmas Cookies" (in the secular group) and "Mary Did You Know"(in the religious group). You probably have some favorites too. So if you want to share some of these bring along some song sheets to share or let me know and I will try to find one.

I now have a lot of the songs in our club book in a Walkman and can play them at our meeting, so if we want to hear how the "professionals" play the song, we can do so. They key that they use may not match our song sheet, but at least the tempo will be good and you can refresh your memory for the melody.

Hope you can make it on the 8th.

Lastly, if anyone is interested in a weekend informal gathering at the Troubador's Emporium (a shop in the back of the Persimmon Hollow) let me know and I will see if there is an open time slot.


Friday, October 7, 2011

A little bit of nonsence

I have a friend who lives in Austin, a hot bed of musicians.  Pop's Bayless has had several groups, including the Asylum Street Band and others.  Pop's wrote some uke songs including Let's All Go To Hawaii and the uke standard Flaming Ukulele In The Sky (both of which are in our club song book).

His group, plus several others, met in Austin for a huge jam session one evening.

They are enjoying themselves, and I hope you enjoy it too.


Tuesday the 11th

We will have our regular gathering of uke folks at the WCD on Tuesday evening. Let's gather at 6:30 for some refreshments and then we can do some songs that we enjoy. Please bring along some suggestions from the club book or from your personal files. If you want to have me make up an MP3 recording of a song so we can learn it better, let me know and I will do my best.  

Thanks to Carol and her printer, I will have the Dallas club 2 and 3 chord song book packets available for you. Thanks, Carol.


Two upscale ukes for sale locally

There are two upscale soprano size ukes for sale locally.  One is a Tamaka in koa and the other is a Martin in mahogany.  Both are from the late '50s', early 60's era.  Both should be excellent choices, but the Martin has the cache that goes with those early ukes.

So if you are interested, check out the FleaMarket marketplace ad for the Martin as well as the CraigsList Tulsa ad for the Kamaka.

They need a local home.