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:


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.

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

– 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)


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!


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.

– 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’!


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.”
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.



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.

June 14!

And it’s “Summer”, summertime is here! I love that song by War. I might work on that one if I can find the time. Lately I’ve been working on Sweet Home Alabama. The picking intro is a blast as well as the fairly simple solo bits. I hope to have it completed in time but I’ll bring parts if not. We can do “Freebird” also. Lol! Actually we might as well because every time I pull my ukulele out that song is always requested even though the request is meant to be sarcastic.

Have a go!
If I leave here tomorrow…….
G D Em – F C D D7 repeat.
G F C……..
Enough of that. Here’s our list for all you Pluckin’ Strummers.


9:30 – Setup and questions answered. Ukuleles tuned. Materials prepared. May we be of any assistance? Let’s hear some set song suggested.

10:00 – We begin. Book 2

  • Warm up – Freebird anyone? Lol!
  • We’ll strum something to get loose.

  • Teach Your Children – Pg. 343
  • Quick Lesson
  • A Teenager In Love – Pg. 344 New!
  • When Will I Be Loved – Pg. 385
  • This Magic Moment – Pg. 354
  • Walk Away Renee – Pg. 374
  • Quick Pick
  • The Way You Do The Things You Do – Pg. 378
  • Quick Pick – Time permitting.

10:55’ish – Break time

– We’re Back!

  • Sweet Home Alabama – New!
  • Fare Thee Well – Now in 4/4
  • Daffodil
  • Happy
  • We Are Going To Be Friends
  • Trouble
  • Quick Pick Arrangements – Time Permitting

12:00 – Performance Time
You guys are getting really good. Keep up the excellent work!

May 24th

Thanks to all those who came to our Victoria Vox workshop meeting. There was a large turnout and several new faces present. Her show later that evening at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena was fantastic. I was proud to see many of our “Pluckin’ Strummers” in attendance.


My new nickname after her show was Tooch “The Capo” Santucci. In Italian that translates to the boss. Ha! I held an audience supplied Chapstick across the 3rd fret of her baritone ukulele while she beautifully performed Somewhere Over The Rainbow/ What A Wonderful World.

We will revisit “Technicolor Way”, the song she taught us in her workshop, along with “Daffodil”, from her latest album “Key”. Check out her website for some freebies. victoriavox.com


9:30 – Setup and questions answered. Announcements prepared. Show and tell. Song suggestions. Set list songs discussed. Coffee and cookies prepared. Sheet music collated.

10:00 – And…….. Go!
Book 2

  • Warm up. Technicolor Way strum review.
  • Quick Lesson – We’ll talk about some of the things V.V. touched upon. Transposing keys and such.
  • Forever Young – Pg. 120
  • As Tears Go Bye – Pg. 24
  • Blue Bayou – Pg. 42
  • Easy Quick Pick – Favorite anyone?
  • Bring Me Sunshine – Pg. 47
  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Pg. 64
  • Cara Mia – Pg. 65
  • Come Monday – Pg. 76 Check out that key change! New!

10:50’ish – Break Time

11:10’ish – Here We Go!

The first two songs are Victoria Vox’s songs. For practice purposes the sheet music for “Daffodil” is available on her site listed above. “Technicolor Way” was the song she taught last meeting for her workshop. There will be copies available.

  • Technicolor Way
  • Daffodil – New!
  • Fare Thee Well – Rewritten in 4/4 time. It makes better sense.
  • Happy – Lets give this another go. Look over the arrangement breakdown passed out at last meeting.
  • Trouble
  • Quick Pick Arrangement – Time Permitting.

12:00 – Performance Time!


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