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, July 29, 2014

Wacky Hat Fifth Thursdays:

Only several times a year is there a fifth Thursday. On this fifth Thursday we are granted an extra time that in that month to gather together and play our ukuleles.

I dub this special day Wacky Hat Fifth Thursday. So join me this Thursday to play our ukuleles and don an Wacky Hat (or a normal hat) if you desire.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tulsa Ukulele Club and its summer 2014 transformation.

A lot of people in our group have invested in the two Daily Ukulele song books and we are using them more and more in our meetings rather than printed out song sheets.
Advantage: Actual song score shows how the song is played precisely. We don't have several versions of the same song at the table.

We have sadly had some of our long time members move away while joyfully seeing a host of new players join us. With the newer players at meetings we have been going through the Yellow and Blue books, as we call them, picking out easier songs and jamming. For myself it has been an enjoyable time reconnecting with these songs. As a group changes so does the song list for possible performance songs. After some discussion at last night's meet it was agreed to take this approach for our new performance song list:

1. Pick easy songs from the Yellow and Blue books that we enjoy and would like to perform.
2. Develop Intros ,Endings, and determine repeats (if required for song length).
3. Work on these songs at meetings during the rehearsal period.
Advantage: We won't need to print out any new song sheets to practice. We can practice right from our Yellow and Blue books. We might want to make notes in these books pertaining to the Intros, Endings, and Repeats. 

If we do perform we have two options for on stage music:
A. Actually use the Yellow and Blue books on stage. Having our song list on a sheet with our performance songs and page numbers. Ideally working from one book for a time then changing to the other and not changing out books constantly between each song.
Advantage: Only one sheet to print out and we use books we have.
Disadvantage: Using two heavy books and switching them out during the performance.
B. Actually use a specially printed out songbook derived from the Yellow and Blue book songs we have chosen. 
Advantage: It will be lighter and the songs in set list order. 
Disadvantage: Requires printing and now we have another book.

Now some members my not be interested in performing and we respect that but one might assume that we all like to be proficient at playing songs. Whether practicing these songs for performing or proficiency together we can use this list. 

So, we are taking suggestions. Look through the books and pick out some beginner to intermediate songs. Let us know your ideas for performance songs.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

17 July 2014 Meeting:

Let's do a rehearsal/Jam tonight at the NYC Pizzeria.