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.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Want to write a verse?

My friend in Dallas has a song that some of us (particularly those in my age group) can relate too.

Feel like contributing a verse?  Send it along.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Sweet Georgia Brown on the 28th!

At our next meeting I'll be leading Sweet Georgia Brown in the key of G, using the following chords: G E7 A7 D7 B7 Em. If you're not used to playing B7 and Em I'll show you a shortcut to get you started. We'll also work on a triple, or triplet, strum to use in the song.

Sweet Georgia Brown sounds especially good with a banjo uke (banjuke or banjolele?) so I hope somebody brings one to liven up the tune.

As usual, we'll spend the first 20-30 minutes assisting beginners with tuning and introductory chords, and I'm sure we'll continue working on one of our club standards, San Francisco Bay Blues, as well as other fun tunes. The meeting begins at 7pm at the Western Country Diner. Some of us will be there about 6:15 for dinner and conversation beforehand.

There's always an extra uke available, so if you're thinking about getting one, come try it out and see how much fun you can have!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Not just Honolulu Baby or Pineapple Princess!

Bartt is obviously a non traditional uke player.  Bartt is a teacher in an alternative school in the LA area, an old guitar man and now exclusively performs with his ukulele, both in festivals and workshops and in concerts.  He has some instructional videos too.

Not just  I V VI songs for Bartt!  But we can all do this one for the chords are familiar and easy.

Go to YouTube and see many more, including some great classical numbers.  Bartt is one great uke player.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Another song site

I just found a link to a great song site on a baritone ukulele web page.

Here is the site for "number 1 hits" in a given year

At the bottom of the page are links to several other groupings of songs, including Country and Pop.

Find a song, open that link and you will get a standard format song sheet. Many also have links to midi files on the song, quick and easly but I find YouTube a better source for the audio

Warning -- if you just Google for Betty Lou songs, you will get her standard home page and there is no link to country songs, or the #1 hits page.

Lots of songs in a number of genre's, including international songs.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Something different


This is a YouTube video of a group doing a number in the home of Phil Morris.  Phil and his business partner build the very special Spanky Banjo Ukes   http://www.spankyukes.com/  and Spanky is the sponsors for the Wahooligans , http://www.thewahooligans.com/   a  group that are the headliner for a couple of the Dallas Uke Festivals concerts in the years past.  For those event, they incorporate Gordon McLeod as part of the group.

Here is Gordon and his wife, Dirje (of the Wahooligans), and Kelly showing how a good banjo uke can cut it in a group.  Jeff has been saying that his banjo uke is well received in his OKC jams and this is proof.

Thursday, February 9, 2012


I got an email from the Music Shop (on 31st near Mingo) that they are discounting their ukes another 20% over their normal low pricing. The shop said that they have 80 ukes now in inventory. So if you, or anyone you know are interested in a uke, you might want to check them out.

(I am not specifically recommending this shop over the others in the community, but the 20% discount could be attractive to our club members.)


Sunday, February 5, 2012

February 14 meeting - Cancelled

Hi, everyone.

After chatting with a couple folks, it appears that the meeting date of the 2nd Tuesday (set by the restaurant based on their room availability) would not be a good evening for a uke jam.

So unless I hear a clamor from you, we will skip the 14th and meet at our regular 4th Tuesday of the month, Feb. 28. On the 14th, take your spouse or best buddy out to a nice dinner instead.

Now if you want a group "uke fix" before the next regular meeting, we can arrange that, probably for Saturday or Sunday the 18th and 19th at the Troubador's Emporium, so if this has an appeal, let me know. Otherwise, see everyone on the 28th.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thursday is National Ukulele Day

I don't know who started this, but Mike Lynch (Ukulele Mike of YouTube fame) is promoting it.

So do we.

So does Linus


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Curt Sheller uke book

Curt Sheller is a musician that has published a number of books for guitar and the ukulele and he recently offered some of his "Ukulele Chord" books for club use, for just a modest shipping fee.

I contacted him and he was kind enough to send us some. I will have them with me at our next meeting, Tuesday the 14th, to pass out.

Check out his web page http://curtsheller.com/ for more information on his other publications.

Thanks Curt.