Welcome to the Tulsa Ukulele Club Website
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.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
This location has some clear advantages over our previous site and Bill Kumpe has arranged for our having this venue available to us for the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Because of other groups using this restaurant, we probably won't have any date flexibility for things like holidays, but on balance I think we all agree that this is a good spot for us.
Thanks to Bill for setting this up.
I went to Braum's and cancelled all our future dates with them (and they did have fixed the double booking problem by reserving the room through December) and I thanked them for their support over the past year or so that I have used that location.
So you can count on the WCD for our future events, starting at 6:30 for some snacks, socializing followed by some program - instruction, circle jam, open mike or whatever we want to do.
Four fingers, four strings, for fun. Keep strumming.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Have you always wanted to play a musical instrument but somehow never "connected?" Are you already a musician but want to add something new to your repertoire? Are you an aging guitar player battling arthritis in your hands and shoulders? Are you a ukulele player who would like to visit with other players and take advantage of opportunities to play publicly and privately with other musicians?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions then the Tulsa Ukulele Club may be the place for you. The Tulsa Ukulele Club gives free ukulele instruction at nearly every meeting. We offer a mix of instruction, group play-alongs and individual/small group performance opportunities.
The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 PM, Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at the Western Country Diner, 1905 South Sheridan, Tulsa, Oklahoma. From 6:30 until approximately 7:00 we will visit, compare notes, and hold a short business meeting. From approximately 7:00 until 7:30 we will conduct one on one individual instruction and offer group playing opportunities. Club President Ralph Kelly will oversee basic instruction and if there is any interest, Bill Kumpe will moderate a discussion covering how to play uke chord patterns on a guitar.
From 7:30 until whenever, we will hold an open mic jam. While the emphasis is always on uke, guitars, harmonicas, banjos, mandolins and just about anything else you can carry in is welcome so long as you it can be played along with a uke. If you don't own a uke yet, a limited number of loaners are usually available at meetings so long as you promise to treat them with respect.
So, come out and join us Tuesday evening. You'll have a good time and meet some nice folks.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
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.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
And be sure to check out his other blog features. Good information.