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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.


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We’ll be meeting this Saturday, April 13th.

Also note that we will be prepping for a potential performance the following Saturday, April 20th. More info to follow at our meeting. Please let us know if you’d like to participate.

Now, what you’ve all been waiting for below:

9:30am – Setup and questions answered.

10:00 – 1st Set

  • Warm up
  • Forever Young – Pg. 120
  • Bus Stop – Pg. 56
  • Have You Ever Seen The Rain – Pg. 138
  • Hot Diggity – Pg. 151
  • Anticipation – Pg. 22
  • I’m An Old Cowhand – Pg. 174
  • Dream Lover – Pg. 103
  • Don’t Fence Me In – Pg. 85

10:50’ish – Break Time

11:05’ish – 2nd Set

  • And I Love Her – Pg. 24
  • I Saw The Light – Pg. 160
  • Girl – Pg. 127
  • Between The Devil…. Pg. 39
  • Black Magic Woman – Pg. 41
  • Apple Blossom
  • Hang On Little Tomato
  • Longing To Belong
  • Proud Mary
  • Little Black Submarines
  • Beep Beep, Beep – In D, (D, G, A)

A heads up from our own Steve Velasquez:

“I heard about this event on Thursday night at Los Globos in Silverlake. 50 performers will each be playing a Beatle song on the ukulele. If you don’t have anything going on might be something to check out.”

Here is the link:

Please bring both Daily Ukulele books if you have them. If you don’t, someone will be happy to share.

A reminder… if you are able bodied, please use street parking.

See you all this Saturday!

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Here is a note from our friend and fellow ‘Plucker, Susanna

Would you please spread the word.

Getting ready for Dec 1 Xmas Sing Along Jam at the Sepuleveda Veterans Hospital

When: Sunday, October 21

Where: Johnny Carson Park in Burbank
Bob Hope Drive across from NBC
near bar-b-que area and bathrooms

Time: 11AM

Bring; ukulele, chair and music stand

Other instruments welcome

I will bring copies of the Fleas Xmas book. If anyone has one please bring it.


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Hello Pluckin’ Strummers!

A heads up that we will not be performing at Summer Nights this Friday, August 17. However, we will start prepping for a performance in the near future at our next meeting, August 25th. Next Saturday’s meeting will include practice with our PA system and refinement of our set list. We’re very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Do keep your eyes on your email for further info. on our up coming meeting on the 25th.

Thanks and apologies,

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Hey all you Pluckers!
We hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July.

A reminder that we do not meet this Saturday but the following – July 14th.

We’ll start as usual at 10:00 (quick picks).
Come early if you’ve questions for Tooch.
Starting at 10:30 we’ll have a visit from Jim D’Ville.
He’ll be giving his Play Ukulele by Ear Workshop.

Information below:

Saturday, July 14, 2012 10:30am
Cost: $25 per person


Jim D'Ville - Play by Ear Workshop

Jim D’Ville – Play by Ear Workshop


Play Ukulele By Ear Vol. 1 (All Levels-74 minutes)
Get the most out of your ukulele experience by learning to Play Ukulele By Ear. This entertaining and informative workshop will give you the tools you need to tap into your innate musical abilities. Playing by ear is easy, fun, and it will propel your understanding of how music works to a new level. This workshop will make you a better listener and student! All skill levels welcome, however, knowledge of basic chord shapes (C F G7) is helpful.

Jim D’Ville is a music educator and facilitator who is on a mission to get ukulele players off the paper and playing music by ear. He has taught his Play Ukulele By Ear workshops to thousands of players in the United States, Canada and Australia. Jim is the author of the Play Ukulele By Ear DVD series and hosts the popular Play Ukulele By Ear website (http://www.playukulelebyear.com). His approach to teaching ukulele has been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat and he is a regular contributor to James Hill’s e-magazine Ukulele, Yes! Jim is sponsored in-part by Kala Ukulele and National Reso-phonic.

Comments from Jim D’Ville’s Play Ukulele by Ear Workshops:
*“A fabulous, logical and freeing way to approach music.”
“Now I will use my ears! Duh-why didn’t I think of that?”
*I learned more in an hour from you than I have in one year of trying to learn by myself.”
*”I’m a music minor in college, and I went through music theory classes, but I just never thought about music like that!”
*“Lots of ‘Ah-ha’ moments!”

It should be lots of fun.
We’re looking forward to seeing you all on the 14th!

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A small change in plans for our Autumn Nights performance. The venue has moved down the road – The Pluckin’ Strummers are now playing in front of Kaldi Coffee & Tea @ 3147 Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village – Thursday Sept. 29th.

This will be an informal jam and sing-along so, bring your family and friends to join in the fun. Remember your ukulele (duh). Wear your club shirt if you’ve got one. Bring your 365 Daily Ukulele book, Tooch’s performance tab, a music stand and get ready to have a great time.

We will start at 7:00 p.m. so please plan on showing up a early to get a feel for the location and have a snack or coffee.

Thursday Sept. 29th
7:00 p.m.
@ Kaldi Coffee & Tea
3147 Glendale Blvd.

Map of Kaldi Coffee & Tea

We’re looking forward to seeing you on the Boulevard!

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On Saturday February 5, the Canogahana Players and Guitar Merchant will be hosting a ukulele workshop and concert by none other than Lil’ Rev. Very engaging person, excellent teacher, and an all-around good guy. Check it out for yourself: http://www.lilrev.com/

Lil’ Rev will start the workshop at 1PM and go for about an hour and a half. There will be a half hour or so for intermission followed by a one hour concert. Way cool. Cost will be $25 for the workshop, $10 for the concert, or both for $30.

The complete show details are not decided yet, but the date and place is set. Saturday February 5, 1-5PM. Guitar Merchant has an indoor concert venue with stage, lighting, and pro-audio sound system. 7503 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park CA.

RSVP to harold[at]westhillswood.com and be prepared to simply pay at the door.

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