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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Baritone site

Now the baritone uke is not the most popular size ukulele but has it's supporters  - those who like the lower tones and greater resonance of the larger body uke.  I just found this site and those with baritone interests should check it out, and the many YouTube videos showing folks playing this size instrument.

The baritone size is a natural for the guitar players since one version of the tuning is the same as the top four strings of a normal six string guitar, DGBE.  Sometimes it is tuned with a high D so as to sound more like a uke, and some string sets are available to allow tuning to the standard GCEA, which gives the standard tuning a much more resonant voice.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Tulsa Uke Club YouTube channel

Rex has an extensive personal YouTube channel and he has just finished the introduction to one for our club.

Go to YouTube and enter "Tulsa ukeclub" and his introduction video will show.  Scroll down some more and  you will see that he has added a lot or material that will be useful for our members.

Rex will also bring his video camera to some of our club meetings so that we can video a song every now and then.

Thanks for all the work, Rex

Revised Club Core Song Book

After about a year working with the collection of song sheets that have been gathered, some duplicates (in different keys and different verses), some with errors and with a realization that some of the collection does not match our club members choices of material, I have pulled together a much smaller selection of songs and generated a new song book collection.

It currently has 38 songs, but no doubt will grow in time.  But it is a start for our group to polish some songs so that we can be proud of our performances, both at the jams as well as any future performances at places like retirement villages, the Spotlight Theater or other similar locations.

I strongly suggest you make up a new ring binder with just these songs to eliminate confusion at our jam sessions.

We needed some Internet access and control, so Google Drive has been selected to store the song sheets.  The collection is located in Google Drive so that you can view and print out the song sheets on your own (or have some printing shop like Staples or the UPS store print them for you).  If you want the updated book, let me know and I can add you to the approved access list.

Final Concert Number, 2012 Lone Star Ukulele Festival

Here is the concluding number at the recent Lone Star Ukulele Festival concert with all the performers and workshop leaders on stage.

The lead is Pop's Bayless, of Austin, leading one of his original song, Flaming Ukulele In The Sky.  Pop's is one of the leading ukulele men in the country, both in workshops, song writing and performances.  If we go to any regional festival or uke gathering, we will probably need to learn this song.

I will add it to our group of club core songs so we can be prepared.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

It was a good evening

Well, last night was a nice evening for the local uke world.  Barb, Kay, Cap'n, Rex and myself welcomed Karl to the group.  He has a nice voice and is really welcome.  He is building a uke for his dad (who had one in WWII and had a uke then) so maybe we can see him in our group too.

We have noticed that there are several instances of multiple copies of some of our song sheets, and they are not always in agreement, both in terms of key as well as content.  Some of the songs in the DUH book have been shortened to fit on a page, as one example of the latter.

So I will be undertaking a task of making a new collection, and importantly, finding a way to get this collection available on line.  That way newcomers can pickup the current version of our collection directly from the internet, and we call all have access to the latest version (for example, if we decide to  change the key of a song).  I will always note the latest revision date in the song sheet heading, again to allow us to be sure we are current.  More on this as I work on this task.

Got any nice songs for which you can become the "owner" (& principal song leader) and that is not in our song collection?  If so, send it along to me.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June 24 Sing-A-Long

I hope everyone has Sunday evening, June 24 open so that they can go to the Synagogue at 17th and Peoria for their annual folk song sing-a-long.  This year's theme will be on Woody Guthrie's songs.  We can expect the program will have about 24 songs, some of which will be Guthrie's.  Here I am going to guess -- Oklahoma Hills and This Land Is Your Land (maybe all 7 verses too, but probably not Union Maid.

This is not a Jewish promotion, just a great community music program that the Synagogue puts on each year.  Hundreds will be there to participate, so it is wise to get there early to get a good seat.

It starts promptly at 6:45.  Parking is sparse, so that is another incentive to get there early.

This will be my 4th concert and based on this history I can guarantee that you will enjoy the evening.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

MO uke festival

It is not too often that we get a uke festival fairly close to us.   The folks in the St. Louis MO area are organizing one this coming July.  The location is about 350 miles from here, so it would be possible to leave early on Friday morning and still make the first workshop.

Cali Rose and her husband Craig Brandau are well recognized "faculty" members at ukulele festivals and I think that the workshops would be worthwile. Check them out in YouTube.   And getting to see a well respected uke builders workshop is a real plus too.

Here is the link.  Car Pool anyone?



Saturday, June 9, 2012

June 12 Meeting

There have been a few suggestions for numbers that our group might like.  Check out the YouTube videos of these songs

Bring It On Down To My House, Honey, a Bob Wills western swing number.  Works with ukes, like most country style songs

Sunshine On My Shoulders, a good John Denver number.

What A Day For A Daydream, a Lovin' Spoonful popular song.

We have send song sheets out for these, but if you did not get them, let me know and I will send them to you by email.

Hope to see everyone Tuesday evening.