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.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Here's something we should do

It has been suggested in just about all musical forums that folks like us should have a half dozen or so songs "down pat" so that if we are requested to play a song or two, we can do so without hesitation, and without a song sheet.

Now I remember a couple times when I was with the Dallas group and a request came in from the rest of the restaurant patrons, Mark (the leader) would say, sure we could do it, and we all would automatically go into Five Foot Two, with the comment that that song has the same notes as the requested song, just in a different order. This got a few chuckles, but there is an underlying message -- it is really good to some songs that we can call on without hesitation.

 Kay, Bill and Blayne have a number of songs in memory that they can perform well.  I have chatted with Rex and he wants to work on this too.  Now for me, doing something without a song sheet will be a real stretch, for regardless of my history with the uke, and regardless of all the genres of music that I have played, I just have not memorized any songs.

That is going to change, and I hope you are going to help me, and in doing so, help yourself.

So in addition to concentrating on love themed songs in February, I hope we can work on a song w/o looking at the song sheet.  Now what songs?  I'm open to suggestions, but "Five Foot Two" is a uke standard that we should all know and "Amazing Grace" would be a great option too.  What would you like?

Want to help me improve?


1 comment:

  1. I agree on 5 foot 2 and suggest Ain't She Sweet (in the same vein (genre) as 5 foot 2). I suggest we pick a few songs for different genres.