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, June 7, 2013

Thursday was an unusual club day

The regularly scheduled meeting at the NYC pizza shop  became a show of our resilience.

For some reason, our communication with the shop had slipped up and they booked their rear room for a local business group.  So, as folks arrived, we had to decide what to do.  Well, Toby came to the rescue.  He offered his house for our evening jam session.

And it was a lifesaver in that we had a couple new folks show up as well as a large group of regulars.  A total of 14 folks were milling around wondering where we would go, where we would eat.  

Toby's offer solved the location problem and we decided to just eat at the pizza shop and then caravan to Toby's house.

It worked out well.  

While we normally end up or jams about 8:30 to 8:45 (both restaurants want to close at 9 PM), with our late start and no closing period, we stayed at the Bogle residence till almost 9:30, leaving just because a lot of folks had to go to work the following day.  I'm sure if this had been a Friday or Saturday evening, we would have gone on for much longer.

It was a record attendance last night and it was really good to see everyone enjoying themselves.

Hat's off to Bill and Janice Dunn for bringing enough copies of a new song to share.  How they knew how many to produce, given our record attendance, I don't know.  And we should give recognition to Bill for leading the song.  Given that he is a real beginner, he deserves credit for the effort.

And a Gold Star to Mary for suggesting some songs for us to play.  Rex and I don't really want to be dictators in song selection and we want others to show their preferences.  Thanks to Mary for selecting some songs we all like.

Just so we don't get too bored with our current material, I am suggesting that every now and then we have a Theme Night.  This could include songs with a railroad theme (i.e., I've Been Working On A Railroad, Freight Train), maybe ships (i.e., Titanic, Blow The Man Down), cities (Amarillo By Morning, San Francisco Bay Blues) or just Oklahoma (could be hundreds --see  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_about_Oklahoma  )

So give me some feedback -- good idea or not?  And if you like a song but don't have the resources to find the lyrics and chords and make up song sheets, just let me know and we will do our best to find it.

There was some interest shown for some instruction in the proper way to play Hawaiian music andI I'll get with Leilani and come up with a schedule.  Maybe we can come up with something a bit less expensive, but this is her reference book.  :  http://www.amazon.com/Hawaiian-Ukulele-1-Learn-beloved-Hawai%60i/dp/1427626936/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370617475&sr=1-1&keywords=island+joy+hawaiian+music

Feedback is always welcome.  This is your club.

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