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September 13

Let’s try this again. We didn’t have many show up for our last meeting but thanks to those that came. People must have been busy. Not to worry though because we will not miss a meeting. We are two months away from our unofficial four year anniversary which we will celebrate in January. Any suggestions for our celebration?

The very first possibly bi-annual “Great Ukulele Campout 2014″, brought to you by the Honolulu Ave. Strummers and The Pluckin’ Strummers went off without a hitch. Thanks to Bambi and Ben for everything. There was lots of pluckin’ and a strummin’ in the Pinos Mountains last weekend. Keep an ear out for our next camping/ ukulele event which is already being planned. Want to help out? Contact 2ch, Alisa, or Bambi. Thanks to all that participated!

9:30 – Setup and all the wonder that goes along with it.
We officially start at 10:00 a.m. but come a little early and get some questions answered or maybe rehearse for your amazing performance at the end of our meeting.
Please park on the street around the church unless it’s necessary to be close. Bring a snack to share at break time if you like.

10:00 – One one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand, Uke!

Book 1

  • Easy Quick Pick
  • Another easy Quick Pick
  • One more easy Quick Pick
  • Okay, another easy Quick pick
  • Lesson Time – You Pick Topic!
  • How about a moderately easy Quick Pick?
  • What do you say? Quick Pick?

Book 2

  • Now we’ll do a slightly harder Quick Pick!
  • Last but not least! You guessed it… a Quick Pick!!!


10:50’ish
– Break Time!

11:10’ish – Round Two

  • Same as last week. This time we’ll be ready!
  • Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World
  • Hang On Little Tomato
  • Longing To Belong
  • Apple Blossom
  • Proud Mary
  • Falling Slowly
  • Time – Pink Floyd Tab
  • We Are Going To Be Friends

12:00 – Performance Time

Regular Meeting Location:
Christ Church Griffith Park,
Atwater Village
3852 Edenhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA
90039-1642

We ask that all able bodied individuals park on the street as the church’s parking lot is reserved for those who have trouble walking, etc. Thank you so much for your consideration of others.

It was one of those funny months with 5 Saturdays. So we meet at the church on September 13th – song list to follow at a later date.

Until then, don’t forget our upcoming First Annual or possibly Bi-Annual event…

“The Great Ukulele Camp Out – 2014″
Sept. 5th, 6th, & 7th.

More info here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/526653290795521/

How To Register: Please email TAVITIA@aol.com with the subject Great Ukulele Camp Out and include the following:
Names of campers in your party
Which night(s)
If they plan to partake in the workshops.
If you have first time players who would like a beginning workshop, please indicate that.

Hope to see you all there!

August 23

Here comes the fourth week of August. Time sure does fly. It’s time to gather and share in strumming and vocal unison. We’ve had some new faces joining our gatherings and we must say thanks to all that keep us going strong. Please remember that we are here for our members and if there are special requests of materials or lesson topics needed please speak up.

Anyone know of any venues needing a ukulele group?

Don’t forget our upcoming First Annual or possibly Bi-Annual event…
“The Great Ukulele Camp Out – 2014″
Sept. 5th, 6th, & 7th.
More info here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/526653290795521/

How To Register: Please email TAVITIA@aol.com with the subject Great Ukulele Camp Out and include the following:
Names of campers in your party
Which night(s)
If they plan to partake in the workshops.
If you have first time players who would like a beginning workshop, please indicate that.
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9:30 – Setup and all that goes with it. Please ask us for help.

10:00 – Tuned up and readied.
-Selections from Book 2-

  • Sunshine Superman – Pg. 330
  • A Teenager In Love – Pg. 344
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads – Pg. 340
  • Tears On My Pillow – Pg. 341
  • Quick Pick!!!!
  • Up Around The Bend – Pg. 371
  • The Way You Do The Things You Do – Pg. 378
  • Tennessee Waltz – Pg. 346
  • Sway – Pg. 336
  • Quick Pick – Time Permitting

10:50’ish – Break Time

11:10’ish – Round Two

    Same as last week. This time we’ll be ready!

  • Hang On Little Tomato
  • Longing To Belong
  • Apple Blossom
  • Proud Mary
  • Falling Slowly
  • Time – Pink Floyd Tab
  • We Are Going To Be Friends

12:00 – Performance Time

August 9

Ready for a blast from the past. We’ll revisit book one and play some favorites. The focus will be on fun and simple songs and some of our first arrangements in the second half.

It was truly a pleasure seeing some new faces at our last meeting. I hope you all enjoyed playing and singing with us.

9:30 – Setup time, tune up time, show and tell time, question time, announcement time, beginner assistance time, time to have fun time!

10:00 – Ukuleles at the ready!
We’ll move quickly through these 12 fun songs.

  • Deep In The Heart Of Texas – Pg. 64
  • Aloha ‘Oe – Pg. 21
  • Don’t Worry Be Happy – 70
  • Bad, Bad Leroy Brown – Pg. 30
  • Easy Quick Pick
  • Bye Bye Love – Pg. 41
  • Do Lord – Pg. 65
  • Fields Of Gold – Pg. 80
  • Careless Love – Pg. 49
  • Easy Quick Pick
  • Cindy – Pg. 55
  • Me And Bobby McGee – Pg. 158


10:55’ish
– Break Time

11:10 – Round 2 – Arrangements

  • Hang On Little Tomato
  • Longing To Belong
  • Apple Blossom
  • Proud Mary
  • Falling Slowly
  • Time – Pink Floyd Tab
  • We Are Going To Be Friends

12:00 – Performance Time


Event to note:

The Great Ukulele Camp Out of 2014
September 5 – September 7
McGill Campground – Mt. Pinos
Frazier Park, California 93225

(Here’s a link to the event’s page on Facebook – for complete info)

https://www.facebook.com/events/526653290795521

In brief:

Please join us for a fabulous weekend of ukulele camping and fun! Featuring open jams, performances, and beginner/ intermediate workshops led by Brett “2ch” Santucci, Co-Founder and Front Person of “The Pluckin’ Strummers – A Los Angeles Ukulele Club”. Beginner workshops lead by Bambi Leigh Hale of “Honolulu Avenue Strummers Montrose Ukulele Jam” available based upon demand.

We have reserved a group campsite that will accommodate up to 80 campers at beautiful McGill Campground, high among the pines on Mt. Pinos, just over an hour’s drive from L.A. above the Grapevine. If that number is reached, we will close off reservations – book early to avoid disappointment! We will have the group site from Friday at 3pm until Sunday at 2pm – come for as little or as much as you like. Non-playing family members are welcome to join. Well-behaved dogs are welcome (must be kept on leash in campground.)

How To Register:
Please email TAVITIA@aol.com with the subject Great Ukulele Camp Out and include the following:
Names of campers in your party
Which night(s)
If they plan to partake in the workshops.
If you have first time players who would like a beginning workshop, please indicate that.
Bambi Hale will reply to confirm and arrange payment.

July 26th

Hi everyone. I can’t wait to see you all. I’m back from my trip and raring to play some ukulele. A huge thank you to William for taking the reigns last meeting. Let’s get it going this meeting with some fun tunes to please our musical souls!

-Tooch

9:30 – Setup, questions, announcements, show and tell, beginner assistance, and anything else ya’ll might need. (Ya’ll is residual southern speak from my time in Va.) Lol! Let’s play some ukulele!!

10:00 And away we go! – Book Two

  • Warm Up. Pick a strum!
  • Dream Baby – Pg. 102
  • Lesson Time – Play along.
  • What’d I Say (Blues in E)
  • E – – -, A -, E -, B, A, E, B7 repeat
  • Forever Young – Pg. 120
  • Have You Ever Seen The Rain? – Pg. 138
  • Take Me Home Country Roads – Pg. 340
  • Don’t Stop – Pg. 97
  • Quick Pick
  • Tears On My Pillow – Pg. 341 New!

10:50 – Break Time

11:10 – We’re back. Let’s work on some of our arrangements.

  • Five Hundred Miles
  • Trouble
  • We Are Going To Be Friends
  • Happy
  • Fare Thee Well
  • Hang Me
  • Quick Pick Arrangement – Time permitting.


12:00
– Performance Time – First timers give it a go! Always remember you can do no wrong in front of us!

Dear Pluckin’ Strummers,

I will be out of town enjoying time with friends and family for the July 12th meeting. This is the very first time in over 3 1/2 years that I will miss a meeting. It breaks my heart but I hope you will forgive me, :-). This doesn’t necessarily mean that you all can’t go on without me. If you still want to gather please reply to this post/email. All I ask is that those who choose to gather, please donate a couple of dollars each to the church. Many thanks to Bruce and the Church for providing us with this fantastic location! If enough members respond, our dearest Alisa (who, unfortunately, also has a family commitment that day) will send out a confirmation email. If you do gather just keep it simple with quick picks from the books. Most of all have fun! I’ll see you all on the 26th of July. Keep on a’ Pluckin’ and a’ Strummin’!

-Tooch

LA Ukulele Expo

LA Ukulele Expo

Come one, come all on a field-trip downtown to the heart of J-Town.

In this upcoming meeting, we will be helping to break the world record of ‘Largest Ukulele Ensemble’ at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo.
2,135 is the number of people
Los Angeles needs to beat the current world-record which is currently held by Yokohama, Japan.
More info here: http://www.jaccc.org/laukuleleexpo.php

 

Little Tokyo Public Art

To The Issei, by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988)

 

 
If possible, we will meet at the raised stone structures in the JACCC courtyard:

 

Noguchi Plaza
244 South San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

 

 

Please, wear your Pluckin’ Strummers Club Shirt and get ready to play “Pineapple Mango.”
 
pluckin-strummers-ukulele-club-ringer-t-shirt_design
If you don’t have a Club Shirt,
consider ordering yours today: http://pluckinstrummers.spreadshirt.com/

 

 

 

 

The World Record attempt is at 10am, so make sure you come early!

 

Daniel Ho, demonstrating the the following links. The chords are G-C-D.
Learn it by practicing along with this video.

http://playuke.net/instructions

 

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Little Tokyo on June28th.
Again, please arrive with ample time as the we will begin our world record attempt at 10am.

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