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Hello to all you Pluckers and Strummers! We had such a fantastic meeting on the 14th and I’m hoping that this one will be even better. We had many new faces and a big turnout so I thank you members and new attendees for you support.

Let’s get right to it. Book 2, the blue one will be the choice for this meeting. We’ve been in book 1 for a couple meetings in a row so it’s time for a change. Here I go and I’m going to remember to sing loud and strong even though my neighbors may regret it. This way I’ll be sure to pick some good songs.

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9:00am – Free Group Lesson Session

Please bring your questions and any materials if needed and I’ll do my best to help you improve your ukulele playing and singing skills.

Remember, even if your are brand new to the ukulele and feel like you can’t join in with the first half of our meeting you can still come and take advantage of this free 45 minute group lesson. Bring a friend for support and we’ll get you ready to play with the group in no time.

Don’t put it off any longer.

Remember, you can come to as many of these 45 group lessons as you need to. It’s free! There’s no better lesson deal around.

Uke can do it! We can help.

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9:45am – Setup Time

Sign the club book, tune up, prepare your music stand and materials, and grab copies of our arrangements for the second half. If you need to make an announcement to the group we can set that up too. Prepare to have some fun!

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10:00am – Round One

Book 2 – Blue

Remember we always start off with easier songs so everyone can join in and have some fun.

Quick Lesson Session – Questions?

We’ll keep this brief so we can get to Pluckin’ and a Strummin’.

As Tears Go By – Pg. 24

Book Of Love – Pg. 45 (N.C. stops and secondary melody notes)

Hello! Ma Baby – Pg. 134

Easy Quick Pick

Hello Mary Lou – Pg. 135

The Hawaiian Turnaround – Pg. 137

I’m Into Something Good – Pg. 177 (Get the ending down first)

Are You Havin’ Any Fun – Pg. 26

Annie’s Song – Pg. 23

Ain’t No Sunshine – Pg. 16

Autumn Leaves – Pg. 28

Quick Pick – Time Permitting

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10:55’ish – Break Time

Java, treats and great conversations.

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11:15’ish – Round Two

Our Arrangements! Copies will be available.

Tuyo – Rodrigo Amarante (Theme Song for the show Narcos)

Jolene – Dolly Parton version

Learning To Fly – Tom Petty

Five Hundred Miles

Moonlight

Girl From Ipanema – Inspired by Marcele

Plus a few more.

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12:00 – Performance Time

Now is your chance! Play something for us all. You can do no wrong. You’ll be glad you did.

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12:25 – We must have exit the church by this time. Thank you.

Attn:

Let’s all head to the golf course.

Los Felix Cafe – (Eat!)

3207 Los Felix Blvd.

Directions from the church.

Edenhurst Ave. to Los Felix Blvd turn left then it’s on the right before the freeway. It’s easier to go to the next street because there is a light to help make the left. Look for the EAT! sign. Come join in on the great conversations. Sometimes we break out a few ukuleles.

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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.

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Contact Information;

Club Email –

pluckinstrummers.gmail.com

Club Blog Site –

http://www.pluckinstrummers.wordpress.com

Facebook –

http://facebook.com/PluckinStrummers/

https://m.facebook.com/PluckinStrummers/

Meetup –

http://www.meetup.com/The-Pluckin-Strummers-A-Los-Angeles-Ukulele-Club/

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Hello Pluckin’ Strummers! It feels like forever since our last meeting. Three weeks between meetings is a long time to be without everyone’s companionship. Hopefully a lot of you will attend this Saturday and we’ll have a fantastic time playing and singing together

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9:00am – Free 45 Minute Group Lesson Session

Please bring your questions and any materials if needed and I’ll do my best to help you improve your ukulele playing and singing skills.

Remember, even if your are brand new to the ukulele and feel like you can’t join in with the first half of our meeting you can still come and take advantage of this free 45 minute group lesson. Bring a friend for support and we’ll get you ready to play with the group in no time. Show me what your working on and wherever you are in the learning process I can definitely help you with improving your playing skills.

Don’t put it off any longer.

Uke can do it! We can help.

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9:45 – Set up Time. Coffee to make, snacks to put out, choose a seat, set up your music and stand, tune up, sign in, grab your copies of music for the second half, schedule an ukulele related announcement, suggest a song for us to play, even ask a questhgion or two before we begin at 10 am, and prepare to have a blast.

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10:00 – Round One

Book One – The Yellow One

Quick Lesson Session – What did we learn at the Ukulele Festival?

Are You Lonesome Tonight – Pg. 13

Beautiful Brown Eyes – Pg. 34

Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home – Pg. 29

Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue – Pg. 82

Blue Hawaii – Pg. 37 “w/JetSlide”

First Timer Easy Quick Pick

Bye Bye Blues – Pg. 38

Careless Love – Pg. 49

There’s A Kind Of Hush – Pg. 231

Everybody Loves Somebody – Pg. 78

Quick Pick – Time Permitting

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10:55 – Break Time

Coffee and snacks! Yum!

Remember no dues when you bring food with prior signup.

Bonnie and Brian signed up at our last meeting on the 23rd. Thanks you two!

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11:15 – Round Two

Arrangements – Please suggest songs for us to play.

Tribute to Tom Petty;

Learning To Fly

Tuyo – Theme Song of “Narcos” by Rodrigo Amarante

Send Me Out – The Honey Toads – Introduction of a song in 7/8

Jolene- Dolly Parton

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Iko Iko – The Dixie Cups

Don’t You Wish It Was True – John Fogerty

Love Hurts – Nazareth

Five Hundred Miles

Moonlight – Grace VanderWaal

So Much More Than This – Grace again – New release – I won’t write this up until we discuss it.

I am going to listen to Mike Mitchell’s song suggestions and pick one since he graciously responded with many choices. Thank you Mike.

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12:00 – Performance Time

Get on up! Please play us a tune.

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12:25 – We must be outside of our fabulous location at this time because another event begins promptly at 12:30.

Thank you.

Let’s all head on over to;

Los Felix Cafe – Eat!

3207 Los Felix Blvd.

Directions from the church.

Edenhurst Ave. to Los Felix Blvd turn left then it’s on the right before the freeway. Look for the EAT sign. Come join in on the great conversations. Sometimes we break out a few ukuleles.

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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.

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Contact Information

Club Email –

pluckinstrummers.gmail.com

Club Blog Site –

http://www.pluckinstrummers.wordpress.com

Facebook –

http://facebook.com/PluckinStrummers/

https://m.facebook.com/PluckinStrummers/

Meetup –

http://www.meetup.com/The-Pluckin-Strummers-A-Los-Angeles-Ukulele-Club/

https://www.jetslide.com

This is really cool. You can use all 4 fingers to fret chords and play riffs then switch to a slide quickly and then back.

I’ve ordered a stainless steel with glass model and when it arrives I’ll tell you how well it works.

2017 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival

Is anyone interested in meeting for breakfast at King’s Hawaiian Bakery in Torrance before the festival this Saturday morning?

Since the festival begins at 8:30am I’m thinking 7:30 at the latest would be a good time to meet. I’ll shoot for 7:00’ish.

King’s Hawaiian Bakery

2808 Sepulveda Blvd

Torrance, CA 90505

Be careful when using mobile map apps because there is another King’s Hawaiian Bakery which is a smaller diner location nearby whereas this is a full service restaurant.

The restaurant is just 5-10 minutes away from the Festival.

We did this last year and I remember having a wonderful time with great people and delicious food.

I’ll post on Meetup and our website along with an email blast.

Just so I can call the restaurant with an approximate number of those attending please respond to our club email;

pluckinstrummers@gmail.com

Thank you!

2ch

Hello Strummers and Pluckers. We will have a special guest, Mitch Chang, joining us for this meeting and he will be making an announcement of the 2017 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival soon to occur. Every year gets better so since last year was a huge success this year will surely be something you won’t want to miss.

Vendors, workshops, performances, great food, and fabulous ukulele folks. He will give more details of the festival and hopefully share some of his ukulele knowledge and skill with a song or technique.

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9:00am – Free Early Lesson Session

45 minutes to ask questions about what you need to work on to improve your ukulele playing. Bring any materials needed and take advantage of this time. Those not participating please play your ukuleles either outside or in the foyer or converse in the kitchen. Thank you.

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9:45 – Setup Time

Sign the club book, tune up, prepare your music stand and materials, and grab copies of our arrangements for the second half. If you need to make an announcement to the group we can set that up too. Prepare to have some fun!

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10:00 – Round One

Book 2 – Blue

Quick Lesson Session – If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out – We’ll get the intro down and work on the riffs in the chorus. Pg. 182

Jamaica Farewell – Pg. 199

Have You Ever Seen The Rain – Pg. 138

Worried Man Blues – Pg. 395 (Clawhammer!)

Lookin’ For Love Pg. 226

Hello Mary Lou – Pg. 135

You’re Sixteen – Pg. 408

First timer easy Quick Pick

Hey Soul Sister – Pg. 140

Scarborough Fair – Pg. 296

In My Room – Pg. 187 (Split Strum)

Quick Pick

Lazybones – Pg. 213

Autumn Leaves – Pg. 29 We didn’t have time to play this last time.

Quick Pick – Time Permitting

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10:55 – Break Time

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11:10’ish – Round Two

Time for our arrangements.

Moonlight by Grace VanderWaal (New)

Thinking Out loud by Ed Sheeran

Jolene by Dolly Parton – (New)

Send Me Out by the Honey Toads – Introduction to a very cool song by a new band. Kala Artist. (New)

Tuyo by Rodrigo Amarante – Theme song of Narcos – I hope I’ll have time to finish this by Saturday. (New)

Plus a few more.

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12:00 – Performance Time

Get on up! Play us a tune. Please.

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12:25 – We must be outside of our fabulous location at this time. Thank you. Let’s all head to the golf course diner!

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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.

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Contact Information;

Club Email –

pluckinstrummers.gmail.com

Club Blog Site –

http://www.pluckinstrummers.wordpress.com

Facebook –

http://facebook.com/PluckinStrummers/

https://m.facebook.com/PluckinStrummers/

Meetup –

http://www.meetup.com/The-Pluckin-Strummers-A-Los-Angeles-Ukulele-Club/

Meeting! Saturday, Sept. 9th

Happy Labor Day! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend and the fires weren’t an issue for you and yours.

I’ve been staying busy working on new arrangements and we’ll have a couple new ones to tackle this Saturday.

We have a strum lesson sheet, an Ed Sheeran tune, Thinking Out Loud, and I finished up Grace Vanderwaal’s Moonlight. I also wrote up the intro and strum for Down In The Boondocks which is a blast to play. So get on YouTube and listen to these songs to be ready for Saturday.

I hope everyone is handling the heat. Come Saturday and cool off while being oh so cool playing and singing together.

After our meeting everyone is invited to join us at the Los Felix Diner – Eat (the golf course). The conversations are always fantastic and we usually can’t help but to break out a few ukuleles for questions or an impromptu lesson session.

Please join us!

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9:00 AM – Free Early Lesson Session

Please bring your question and materials if needed and take advantage of this time to improve your ukulele playing skills. Uke can do it!

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9:45 – Setup Time

Choose a seat, prepare your music, tune that ukulele, collect the provided arrangements for the second half, a get ready to have a blast!!!

If you have an ukulele related announcement please let me know and we’ll get it done.

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10:00 – Round One

Book 2 (Blue)

Quick lesson session – Strummin’

Your Mama Don’t Dance – Pg. 410

Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms – Pg. 289

If You Wanna Sing Out, Sing Out Pg. 182

Down In the Boondocks – Pg. 100

1st Timer Easy Quick Pick

Moon Shadow – Pg. 252

No Particular Place To Go – Pg. 265

P. S. I Love You – Pg. 279

Nowhere Man – Pg. 266

Quick Pick

Autumn Leaves – Pg. 28

Sophisticated Hula – Pg. 313

Quick Pick – Time Permitting

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11:55’ish – Break Time

Coffee and snacks! Snacks and coffee!

In that order.

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12:15 – Round 2

Arrangements!

Grab your copies! Open you binders. There’s a couple new ones!

Moonlight – Grace Vanderwaal – New

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran – New

Venus – Shocking Blue

The Scientist – Coldplay

Iko Iko – The Dixie Cups

Love Hurts – Nazareth

Traveler – Chris Stapleton

Don’t You Wish It Was True – John Fogerty

Plus a few more…..

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12:00 – Performance Time

Get on up! Play us a tune. Please.

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12:25 – We must be outside of our fabulous location at this time. Thank you. Let’s all head to the golf course diner!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

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Contact Information;

Club Email –

pluckinstrummers.gmail.com

Club Blog Site –

http://www.pluckinstrummers.wordpress.com

Facebook –

http://facebook.com/PluckinStrummers/

Meetup –

http://www.meetup.com/The-Pluckin-Strummers-A-Los-Angeles-Ukulele-Club/

Hello to all you Pluckin’ Strummers!

Huge thanks to those that attended our last meeting. We had a blast!

Since we went back up to $10 we started a new couples deal. Two for $15 which will make it a little easier for the couples attending. I thought it was funny when some said, well I’m here with so and so. Sorry, couples only, lol!

Now that the cruise has concluded I look forward to working on new material so please send me your song suggestions. In my attempt to be current I was thinking of writing up Grace Vanderwaal’s new hit single Moonlight. I like to test myself by listening to a song and writing up the intro, first verse, and chorus then I search the “interweb” for what others have come up with. This song has me amazed as to how much bad information is online especially because it’s such a simple tune. Even copyrighted sheet music from Sony is wrong. I need to find a way to make a living writing arrangements. These versions will pass but all you need to do is hear the song to know it has been watered down or simplified. It’s so frustrating.

I also recently had some fun learning the 1970 song “Venus” by the Dutch rock band Shocking Blue. Bananarama redid it in ’86 but the original version is much better.

It’s far out, right on!

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9:00am – Free Group Lesson Session

Please take advantage of this time to improve your ukulele playing skills. We could work on strumming, picking, other techniques like claw hammer for example, performance tips, music theory, and even song writing. I’d love to do a lesson session showing how to listen to a song and figure it out then write it up. Heck, we could even write a song together. Let’s experiment.

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9:45 – Set Up Time

This is a great time to grab copies of the arrangements we’ll be working on in round two. Pick a seat, set up your music and stand, tune up, and chat with your fellow club members. Don’t forget to sign the ledger and provide a current email address. Need to make an announcement about an ukulele event or the like? Ask away! We’ll set that up.

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10:00 – Round One

Book 2 – Blue

The first three songs to honor

Glen Campbell

(He did a lot of covers)

Dream Baby – Pg. 102

Everybody’s Talkin’ – Pg. 112

Southern Nights – Pg. 314

Easy Quick Pick

Bring Me Sunshine – Pg. 47

You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice – Pg. 402

Crocodile Rock – Pg. 78

This Magic Moment – Pg. 354

White Rabbit – Pg. 390

1st Timer Quick Pick

Don’t Stop – Pg. 97

Down On The Corner – Pg. 101

The Great Pretender – Pg. 132

Quick Pick – Time Permitting

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10:55’ish – Break Time

Coffee, cookies, fruit, donuts…… etc.

I noticed no one signed up to bring snacks so I’ll take care of it this time. Also, please note when you sign up to bring snacks it’ll be a dues free meeting for you. Bonus!

It’s only fair.

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11:10’ish – Round Two

There will be a selection of our arrangements available at the meeting.

It’s Hard To Be Humble

I’m A Believer

Iko, Iko

Where The Skies Are Blue

That’s How I Got To Memphis

Love Hurts

Me & Julio

Plus a few more. Maybe a new one or two!

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12:00 – Performance Time

Play us something, won’t you?

You can do no wrong.

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12:25 – We must have exited the building by this time as there is another function beginning promptly at 12:30. Thank you.

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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.

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Contact Information;

Club Email –

pluckinstrummers.gmail.com

Club Blog Site –

http://www.pluckinstrummers.wordpress.com

Facebook –

http://facebook.com/PluckinStrummers/

Meetup –

http://www.meetup.com/The-Pluckin-Strummers-A-Los-Angeles-Ukulele-Club/