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Hello Pluckin’ Strummers! How’s your ukulele summer going? I hope very well. 

Are you able to find time to practice that four string wonder? First of all, always make sure to have fun! Remember that life will surely get in the way so don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re not able to play as much as you want. Daily practice is of course the best way to advance your skills. A half hour or more a day should definitely due the trick. If daily is completely and utterly impossible then try to commit to practice at least two or three times a week for as long as you can. Again, remember to keep it fun and ask for help when needed. I’ll do my best to help, please ask. 

Once you have a routine established make sure to challenge yourself with something more complicated. Take your time with more difficult material. It’s okay to take a week or two to learn a piece of intricate music. With more and more practice those difficult pieces can be learned at a much quicker pace. 

Be patient and keep on keepin’ on. Uke can do it!

I just thought of a new type of ukulele workshop instruction. I could be an Ukulele Player Motivational Speaker. Ha!

9:30 – Setup time

Great time to schedule announcements, ask questions, suggest material, tune up, and chat ukulele with others members.

10:00 – Round One

Song selections from the “Blue Book”.

Warm up/Quick Lesson Session – Questions?

In The Still Of The Night – Pg. 189

If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out – Pg. 182

Easy Qick Pick

In the Middle Of An Island – Pg. 188 New!

I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover – Pg. 181 New!

I’m An Old Cowhand – Pg. 174

Quick Pick

I Wanna Be Free – Pg. 163 New!

I Saw The Light – Pg. 160 New!

I Don’t Know Why I Just Do – Pg. 161 – New!

I Wish You Love – Pg. 167 New! Learn as a chord melody.

Quick Pick – Time Permitting

10:55 – Break Time

11:10 – Round Two

As usual there will be a selection of our arrangements available at the meeting. Any song suggestions anyone?

12:00 – Performance Time

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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 of others.

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Contact Information;

Club Email –

pluckinstrummers.gmail.com

Club Blog Site –

http://www.pluckinstrummers.wordpress.com

Facebook –

http://www.facebook.com/The-Pluckin-Strummers-Los-Angeles-Ukulele-Club-13451060660948/

Meetup –

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

The purpose of this posting is to share information about an ukulele event. The Pluckin’ Strummers Ukulele Club is not affiliated with this event.

Registration is now open for the Hawai’i Island Ukulele Retreat

The tropical breeze, the swaying palms, the rolling surf, the fragrant flowers, and the lingering melodies of the islands. . .
Wouldn’t you love to be playing your ‘ukulele in Hawai’i right now? Then come join us at the lovely Kohala Village Inn in Hawi, October 9 – 15, for six days of ‘ukulele (and Hawaiian) immersion at the Hawai’i Island ‘Ukulele Retreat. Far from the maddening crowds, the Kohala Village Inn offers a peaceful respite in one of the most beautiful places imaginable, so you can focus on learning to play well and play more. And play more you will, with instructors Del Rey, Robyn Kneubuhl, David Egan, Brad Bordessa, KonaBob, and more, offering workshops that cover everything from the basics to Fingerpicking the Blues. And if you’d like to stretch a little more, we’re also offering classes in hula, Hawaiian lap steel guitar, ukulele bass, and jam sessions galore; with music that runs the gamut from Memphis Jug Band to Hawaiian. And the food! Goodness! Kohala is quickly becoming the bread basket of Hawai’i and everything served at the Inn is either grown or caught locally, and is beyond delicious, and fresh, fresh, fresh. The all-inclusive price ($1,579 – $2,139) includes 6 nights lodging at the Inn, three (incredible) meals a day, at least 4 workshop sessions each day, evening shows, new friends with similar interests, and more happy memories than you ever thought possible. Won’t you join us? You owe it to yourself! Please visit our website for more information.
Hawai’i Island ‘Ukulele Retreat

Wow! What a great meeting. We had such a great turnout with lots of fresh faces and many dedicated regulars. Thank you all for showing me that what we are doing is so worthwhile. Oh, and thanks for bring snacks! Delicious!

Come November we will have been meeting twice a month for six years. There will be a spectacular celebration where members and guests can attend. There will be a stage for open mic performances, delicious food and drinks, and games like ping pong, billiards, darts, and a special addition ukulele sound hole bean bag toss game, my idea just now! Lol! The youngins’ call it “Cornhole”. There will be special guest performances and maybe even a workshop or two to learn something special. Oh, did I forget! There will be door prizes. Ukulele related of course! I can’t wait!

Back to the present. We will continue to keep our beginners in mind and plan our meeting to keep all skill levels involved. What’s that saying? KISS – Keep it simple stupid. That’s what I’ll do!

We’re playing a couple of Hawaiian songs just because, and a suggested favorite Beatles tune!

I’m posting early again because I’ve got the ukulele spirit!! Plus it’ll give y’all plenty of time to practice. 

9:30 – Setup
This is a great time to ask questions, tune up, make comments or suggestions, pick a comfy seat, and prepare to have a blast!

10:00 – Round One

Again our song selections will come from Book One, the yellow one. 

Warm up with some strummin’

Deep In The Heart Of Texas – Pg. 64

Cindy – Pg. 55

Dinah – Pg. 61

Easy Quick Pick

Chapel Of Love – Pg. 53

Day Dream Believer – Pg. 62

Do Lord – Pg. 65

On The Road Again – Pg. 182

On The Beach At Waikiki – Pg. 184

Pearly Shells – Pg. 186

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – Pg. 174

Pennies From Heaven – Pg. 188 Swing it like Louie Prima!

Quick Pick – Time Permitting

11:00 – Break Time

11:15 – Round Two
There will be a lovely selection of our arrangements and possible a new one! Hint, listen to “The Lumineers” new album, Cleopatra. Gale Song – Key of C! It’s so beautiful!

12:00 – Performance Time
12:25 – We must be out of the church because there’s another function promptly at 12:30. Thanks. 

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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 of others.

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Contact Information;

Club Email –

pluckinstrummers.gmail.com

Club Blog Site –

http://www.pluckinstrummers.wordpress.com

Facebook –

http://www.facebook.com/The-Pluckin-Strummers-Los-Angeles-Ukulele-Club-13451060660948/

Meetup –

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

Great meeting on the 11th. Thanks to all that attended. It’s always good to see new faces. Big thank you to those that brought snacks! Yum!

There were a couple comments saying that we were an advanced group but we’ve always considered ourselves a teaching club so we are going to dail it back a bit to accommodate our beginners. The level of fun will not decrease! Promise. We’ll be playing some great songs from the yellow book. So many good songs to chose from, enjoy!

Okay, round one songs have been chosen below with beginners and also more experienced players in mind. There are two or three more than usual so remind me not to dilly-dally. 😜

9:30 – Setup Time

Set em’ up, tune em’ up, show em’ off, get ready to have fun! This a good time for questions, comments, suggestions and to schedule announcements.

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10:00 – Round One

Book One – “The Yellow Book”

Warm up with a Quick Lesson Session – Strummin’

I Saw The Light – Pg. 132

Bye Bye Love – Pg. 41

Goodnight, Irene – Pg. 94

Don’t Worry Be Happy – Pg. 71

Fields Of Gold – Pg. 80

Easy Quick Pick

Will The Circle Be Unbroken – Pg. 270

Don’t Be Cruel – Pg. 66

Hey, Good Lookin’ – Pg. 108

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown – Pg. 30

Let’s Get Together – Pg. 148

Quick Pick – Time Permitting
11:00 – Break Time

11:15 – Round Two

There will be a selection of our arrangements available at the meeting. Suggestions for new material are always welcomed.

The song we listened to and worked on at the beginning of our last meeting was;

“Where The Skies Are Blue” by The Lumineers. I’ll work on writing up an arrangement but if you can find the time have a listen and get familiar with it.

Key of A.

Chords;

Intro
A – – – | – – – – | Bm – – – | – – – – |
A – – – | – – – – |  E   – – – | – – – – |

A – – – | – – – – |
You’re gon-na leave_  it ain’t gon-na break my
Bm – – – | – – – – |
heart______,        Ma-ma____.
A – – – | – – – – |
I never see_____                no-body quite like
Bm – – – | – – – – |
you___.                                                      And if
C#m – – – | F#m – – – |
you ev-er change your tune____,         or the
B – – – | – – – – |
world’s got the best of you____.         You can
D – – – | E – – – |
al-ways find___   me where___  the skies are
A – – – | E7 – – – |
blue______.
A – – – | – – – – | …….

That’ll get you started. 🎼🎶

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12:00 – Performance Time

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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 of others.

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Contact Information;

Club Email –

pluckinstrummers.gmail.com

Club Blog Site –

http://www.pluckinstrummers.wordpress.com

Facebook –

http://www.facebook.com/The-Pluckin-Strummers-Los-Angeles-Ukulele-Club-13451060660948/

Meetup –

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

Howdy to all you Pluckin’ Strummers! Hope you are dealing well with the heat. Let’s cool off this Saturday and play some ukulele and sing our hearts out.On a sad note, we had to cancel the June 17-19 Great Ukulele Campout weekend due to minimal sign ups. Please stay tuned for our next attempt. Sorry to those few who were raring to camp and play.

If anyone would like to bring a snack for break time that would be awesome!

9:30 – Setup Time

This is a good time for questions, comments, and suggestions. Fire away!
10:00 – Round One

Book Two – The Blue One

Warm Up

Quick Lesson Session

Come Go with Me – Pg. 75

Singing The Blues – Pg. 306

Forever Young – Pg. 120

Easy Quick Pick

Crocodile Rock – Pg. 78

Freight Train – Pg. 123

Quick Pick

Come Saturday Morning – Pg. 77

‘Deed I Do – Pg. 91 New!

A Day In The Life Of A Fool – Pg. 81
11:00 – Break Time
11:15 – Round Two

There will be a selection of our arrangements available at the meeting.
12:00’ish – Performance Time

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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 of others.

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Contact Information;

Club Email –

pluckinstrummers.gmail.com

Club Blog Site –

http://www.pluckinstrummers.wordpress.com

Facebook –

http://www.facebook.com/The-Pluckin-Strummers-Los-Angeles-Ukulele-Club-13451060660948/

Meetup –

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

“May is almost done. Summer’s just around the corner.” Hey, that could make good lyrics! Next could be… “Time to make some plans, before I get any older. Here comes Summer….”

Here’s a fun idea! Create a melody for those lyrics and we’ll look at a couple. 

Example – Key F (Chords F, Bb, C7)

F                    Bb         C7

A A AG F      D F F G A G F G

F                     Bb         C7

A A AG F    F D F – G A G F G

F       Bb      F       Bb

C   A GF      C   A GF

Okay, that was fun. I look forward to seeing what you all come up with. Give it a shot.

Sorry I’m so late with this post. Busy, busy! I hope to see many of you this Saturday!

Don’t forget to sign up for the third annual “Great Ukulele Campout of Southern California 2016”. PS members mention “pluckincamp” to get the extended early bird discount. 

Info is on FaceBook and Meetup or just email us at ukulelecampout@gmail.com. 

Fred Sokolow will be teaching workshops again this year! Come join in on the fun!

9:30 – Set up, Tune up. Questions, comments or suggestions? 

10:00 – Round One

Book One – The Blue One

Let’s have some fun with some of our favorites. Everyone open that book now and pick a song to play. We’ll play eight to ten songs so get to picking!

10:55’ish – Break Time

11:10 – Round Two

There will be a selection of our arrangements available at the meeting. Suggestions for new material are always welcome. 

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.

Hello Pluckin’ Strummers! Did anyone hear the mention of our club on KCRW? After many years of enjoying the fantastic programming I finally called the phone number during their latest pledge drive and decided to make a monthly contribution. When I was done filling in the required blanks the telephone representative asked me if they could use my name on the air and I said sure and then I immediately turned it into a challenge to all of our members to join me in supporting public radio. Did anyone make a pledge? If you enjoy the station don’t wait as long as I did.With so much time between meetings I’m in serious need to play some music with you all!

Let’s have a great meeting.

9:30 – Setup Time

Questions, comments, or suggestions anyone? I’m listening….

10:00 – Round One

Book 2 – “The Blue One”

Dream Baby – Pg. 102

Don’t Stop – Pg. 97

Easy Quick Pick

Dream Lover – Pg. 103

Down On The Corner – Pg. 101

Have You Ever Seen The Rain? – Pg. 138

Down In The Boondocks – Pg. 100

Everyday – Pg. 109

The End Of The World – Pg. 107

Don’t Think Twice Its All Right – Pg. 96

Quick Pick – Time Permitting
10:50’ish – Break Time
11:10’ish – Round Two

There will be a delightful selection of our arrangements available at the meeting. Maybe even a new one!
12:00 – Performance Time
12:25 – We must be out of the church by now so that we don’t interrupt others. Thanks everyone!
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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 of others.
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Facebook

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And just barely on Twitter I think. Lol!

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