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Here comes Saturday! I hope everyone had a very wonderful Father’s Day. Is it getting hot enough for everyone? Come cool off while playing ukulele and singing your hearts out. So cool! Lol!A big thank you to those that brought snacks last meeting. Yum!                      

Here it is 9:30pm on Sunday night and I just opened the yellow book to pick some songs and begin my Pluckin’ Strummers six step social media and email routine. It’s gonna be a late one tonight. The first song I opened the book up to has me questioning a couple of the chord choices. It’s “Upside Down” by Jack Johnson. This is the song that Marcele played beautifully for us a couple meetings ago and she transposed the key on the fly. It’s written in F where the original recording is in E. Only a half step difference but I think Marcele played it in C, or was it G? I really like the intro with the hand percussion and the simple slide up riff. Plus the syncopated strum is cool! Okay, we’ll play it. Lol! I was arguing with myself.

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9:00am – Free Early Group Lesson Session

Please come early and take advantage of this lesson time. 45 minutes! Bring you questions and materials if needed and we’ll work on what you need to work on. If there are no specific questions I’ll pick a topic relative to our meeting so you can get some pointers in advance. We’ll be revisiting the Claw Hammer technique this meeting so maybe a little personal attention there may help. It’s up to you. 

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9:45 – Setup Time

Now is a great time to sign in, tune up, ready your materials, grab copies of our arrangements for the second half, schedule an announcement, and even ask a question or two before we begin.

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10:00 – Round One

Book 1 – Yellow

Quick Lesson Session – Claw Hammer Technique Revisited

Let’s Get Together – Pg. 148

You’re Cheatin’ Heart – 281

Upside Down – Pg. 330

Bye Bye Love – Pg. 41

Yes Sir That’s My Baby – 278 (Choose two to vamp the lyric in parentheses)

Quick Pick

Bad Bad Leroy Brown – Pg. 30

Baby Face – Pg. 31

You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You – Pg. 284

Close To You – Pg. 56

Quick Pick

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10:55’ish – Break Time
Coffee, snacks, and great conversation. 

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11:15 – Round Two

Arrangements! There will be copies available which you can grab before we begin or during break.

New oldies but goodies

Brown Eyed Girl – New

Margaritaville – New

In Spite Of Ourselves – Clawhammer

Say Something – Reformatted

Longing To Belong – Reformatted

We’re Going To Be Friends – Reformatted

And more……

I started something new by marking new arrangements with a colorful 

“Post its” on the bottom of the pile. Please build a three ring binder of our arrangements then it’ll be easy to look for and get just new ones. I’ve been revamping a lot of our songs and I’m trying to limit them to two pages so they will be easy to play in a binder. I’ve also purchased a ton of pre-punched paper for your binders so grab a new copy if you have older versions. 

I will also print more arrangements so everyone will get a copy. 

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12:00 – Performance Time

Thank you to all that got up and played us a song last meeting.

Who’s gonna play this time?

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12:25 – This is the unfortunate time which we must have exited our fantastic location. Thank you Bruce!          

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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 –

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Another Saturday and another chance to play and sing together. Thanks to all that keep our club growing strong and getting better with every meeting.Please suggest topics for discussion and learning. We will all get better together.
9:00am – Group Lesson Session

Please bring your questions and materials we’ll help you improve. We will be working on the Claw Hammer technique so maybe you can get a jump on it beforehand. 
9:45am – Setup Time

Tune up, get your music stand set up, music ready, and prepare to have a blast. 
10:00am – Round One

Selections from Book 2 – Blue

Quick Lesson Session – Claw Hammer Technique (For Susanna) I’ve been practicing all week. Lol!

Worried Man Blues – Pg. 395

Have You Ever Seen The Rain? – Pg. 138

Undecided – Pg. 369

Ferry Cross The Mercy – Pg. 117

Kansas City – Pg. 202

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Pg. 96

Easy Quick Pick

Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying – Pg. 92

L-O-V-E – Pg. 230

‘Deed I Do – Pg. 91

Exactly Like You – Pg. 113

Isn’t She Lovely – Pg. 191

Summertime – Pg. 329

Twilight Time – Pg. 368

Let’s Get Away From It All – Pg. 221

Quick Pick – Time Permitting
10:55’ish – Break Time

Coffee, snacks, and great conversation.
11:10’ish – Round 2

Copies of our arrangements will be available. We should have a new tune or two to work on.
12:00 – Performance Time

This is your time to shine. Play a little ditty, a tune, a song, maybe a duet, or bring copies for a sing along.
12:25 – We must have exited our fantastic location by this time. There is another function beginning at 12:30. 

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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/

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Hello Pluckin’ Strummers! Another meeting is upon us and this one is going to be a blast.

               

Several meetings ago we began doing a little extra for our members. Free group lessons where you bring your questions and materials and we do our best to help you improve your ukulele playing skills. We begin at 9am and have 45 minutes to get our learn on.
          

At 9:45 we begin to set up for our regular meeting which we begin at 10 where we play 8 to 10 songs from the books we use. We usually begin with a Quick Lesson Session/Warmup then we dive into preselected songs with a couple quick picks where members get to select songs to play.
               

Around 10:55 we have break time where we enjoy coffee and snacks which generous members supply. Last meeting there were so many delicious goodies so a big thank you to those that contributed!

               

After our break around 11:10 or so we begin round two where we play our arrangements until 12:00. Please suggest songs to add to our ever growing list of arrangements. 

              

We begin performance time at 12:00. This is our members time to shine. If you haven’t got up and played for us yet please consider sharing a song. You’ll be happy you did.

              

Thanks to all our members that keep coming to our meetings. At the end of this year we will have been meeting for seven years. Wow, time really flies when you’re having so much fun. Thanks again!

               

9:00 – Free Group Lesson Session.

Those wanting extra help please come early and let me know how I can help.

We also had a request for a beginners Cajon lesson so if you want to bang your drum please bring a Cajon and join in. I’ll jump back and forth between ukulele and the Cajon lesson. Maybe one of our experienced members could join in to help with the ukulele questions. By the way, I’m a beginner on the Cajon also but I am a quick learner and have some of the basics down. I will show you the basics and get you started. I have two Cajons which I will bring so someone can borrow the extra one. This will be fun! Thanks to Honey B for the suggestion!

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. Lol!

                

9:45 – Setup Time

               

10:00 – Round One

Book Two – The blue one

Quick Lesson Session – Strumming Tequila Sunrise. 
You’re Mama Don’t Dance – Pg. 410

Blue Moon Of Kentucky – Pg. 35

Worried Man Blues – Pg. 395 New!

Black Magic Woman – Pg. 41 (Chords are Dm, Am, Gm, A7)

Easy Quick Pick

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

It’s Not Unusual – Pg. 198

You’re Sixteen – Pg. 408

Lookin’ For Love – Pg. 226

               

10:55 – Break Time
Coffee, snacks and great conversations.

              

11:10 – Round Two
There will be a selection of our arrangements available at the meeting. There will be one or two new ones! I’ve written up Harvest Moon and there are a few changes which make it even better. If you have a chance please listen to the original Neil Young version for the Ooo’s.
Remember Hootie & the Blowfish? Darius Rucker went country and the song “Wagon Wheel” caught my attention. Have a listen on YouTube.

                 

12:00 – Performance Time
               

12:25 – We must have exited the church by this time. There is another function beginning promptly at 12:30. 
            

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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 –

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Meeting – Sat. May 13th
Hello to all you Pluckin’ Strummers! 

Feels like an eternity since we’ve had a meeting. April was another five Saturday month and we won’t have another until July so we’ll be more in sync for a while.

           

We will be using book one, the yellow one. There will be a yellow book and colorful Post-it’s near our sign-in book where you are invited to choose a favorite song or two from the book

which we will play during our first half. This is a form of what Gene did when he and Lars helped out and they covered me during my recent absence. Thanks again gentlemen! Remember to pick at least one fairly easy song so everyone can join in on the fun.

               

Snacks needed and greatly appreciated. Thank you!

             

Grand baby update:

My lovely granddaughter Teagan Leigh is heathy and happy. I miss her more and more every day. She’ll soon be three weeks old and just a little closer to learning the ukulele. Lol! 

               

9:00 – Come early for a free group lesson. Bring your questions and we’ll keep your ukulele skills growing. Please make me aware that you want to participate. 

           

9:45 – Set up time

This is a great time to get your Post-it quickpicks selected and pick up your copies of our 2nd half arrangements. There’s always time for a question or two so please ask. 

           

10:00 – Round One

Book one – (Yellow)

Warm up and Quick Lesson Session.

Post-it Quickpicks – Selected by members beforehand

            

10:50 – Break Time

           
11:10 – Round Two

There will be a selection of arrangements available before we begin.

                

12:00 – Performance Time

Time to shine! Play for us?
12:25 – We must have exited our fabulous location by this time. There is another function beginning promptly at 12:30

                                      

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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/

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Saturday is Earth Day! How does that relate to playing ukulele? I dunno! Lol!Here it is Easter, the Sunday before our next meeting and I’m still in VA. Beach awaiting the birth of my granddaughter. Tomorrow or Tuesday will be the the day Teagan will be here. 

Back to the Pluckin’ Strummers! 

Big shout out to Gene and Lars for helping out at last meeting during my absence. Thank you gentlemen. 

            
9:00 – Early Lesson Session

Those interested in a group lesson before we begin please bring your questions and any materials needed.

          
9:45 – Setup Time

Get situated. Music readied, ukuleles tuned, sign in, get your music copies for the second half, schedule announcements, and ask questions. 

          
10:00 – Round One

Book 2 – The Blue One

Warm up – Quick Lesson Session

Rockin’ Robin – Pg. 291

Book Of Love – Pg. 45

Singing the Blues – Pg. 306

Do You Believe In Magic – Pg. 86

Easy Quickpick 

Peaceful Easy Feeling – Pg. 278

Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright – Pg. 96

Blue Bayou – Pg. 42

The Way You Do The Things You Do – Pg. 378

Quickpick – Time Permitting

          
10:50’ish – Break Time

              
11:10’ish – Round 2

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

             
12:00 – Performance Time

            
12:25 – We must have exited the church by now. There is another function begining promptly at 12:30. Thank you for your consideration.

               
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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/

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Meeting April 8th

Hello to all the Pluckin’ Strummers out there. Please come join us for a special meeting. 

Special? 

Special how?

Well, 2ch won’t be here! 

Who? 

You know, Tooch. 

Who? 

Brett Santucci.      

Me! Lol!

While the cats away the mice will play, ukulele!

I’ll be away visiting family and welcoming my granddaughter Teagen into this world. 

Thank you very much to Gene for helping out. Go easy on him! 

Have fun and play a little song for “Grandpa 2ch”.  
9:00 – Early Lession Session 

For the last few meetings we have been starting at 9am for those that want to participate in a group lesson. I of course won’t be there this meeting but if you have questions please ask Gene and everyone can help to find an answer together. If stumped, text me and I’ll google it! Lol! Help each other out.

              
9:45 – Set Up Time

Get yourself situated. Tuned up and materials readied. Just before we begin we’ll discuss scheduling the second half.

              
10:00 – Round One

Book One – Yellow      

Drunken Sailor – Pg. 71

Hard Days Night – Pg. 100

Hound Dog – Pg. 111

King of the Road – Pg. 143

Love Me Tender – Pg. 154

Me & Bobby McGee – Pg. 158

On Broadway – Pg. 181

Ring of Fire – Pg. 197

Stand By Me – Pg. 219

Under The Boardwalk – Pg. 245

Yes Sir, Thats My Baby – Pg. 278

Your Cheatin’ Heart – Pg. 281

        

11:00 – Break Time

           

11:15 – Guest Teachers
Gene writes;

So far Susanna and Cory have shown interest in teaching songs or lessons but it will be open to any member who wants to come up and lead the group. I just would like anyone who wants time in the second half to come early (between 9 and 10) so we can work out how much time each person will need and schedule the time accordingly. They should also bring enough copies of any material they will use to share with the group.

             
12:00 – Performance Time

This is your time to shine. Play us a tune. You won’t regret it.

              
12:25 – We must have exited the church by now as there’s another function beginning at 12:30. Please be courteous, 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 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/

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Meeting – March 25th

Hello Pluckin’ Stummers! It’s Sunday again before our next meeting and it’s time time to publish the posts and send the emails.After this normally scheduled meeting on the 25th our next meeting would be on the 8th of April. I will be away welcoming my lovely Granddaughter into this world. Those attending this meeting on the 25th will determine the upcoming schedule. 

Here’s what I proposed on a FB post but this is subject to change depending on the groups decision. 

Meeting Schedule Change!

March 25th – Unchanged
April 1st – This replaces the April 8th meeting when I become a Grandpa!
April 22nd – Back to our regularly scheduled 2nd and 4th Saturdays. 
        

2017 Ukuleles At Sea

Attention! There are still some available spots aboard the schooner Zodiac for this year’s “Ukuleles at Sea”. Yours truly is the musical director which means we will surely have a blast! 

(Alt. news? No, the truth!)

Come join us!

          
9:00 – 9:10 – Before the meeting Super Lesson Session.

Bring you materials and questions and we’ll use this time before we start to hone those skills and grow as ukulele players and singers.

9:45 – Set Up Time

              

This is a great time to pick your seat, tune that ukulele, set up your music, sign our attendance book, gather copies of the arrangements we will be working on in the second half, say hello to fellow users, schedule an announcement, and even ask a question or two.
      

10:00 – Round One

Book 2 – The Blue one again.

Warm up/Lesson Session – Reggae Strum, finding a groove. 

Lean On Me – Pg. 214 Reggae?

Have You Seen The Rain – Pg. 138

Forever Young – Pg. 120

Easy QuickPick

This Magic Moment – Pg. 354

To Love Somebody – Pg. 360

Undecided – Pg. 369

Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright – Pg. 96

Time After Time – Pg. 358

There’ll Be Some Changes Made – Pg. 351

They Call The Wind Maria – Pg. 352

Tennessee Waltz – Pg. 346

Let’s Get Away From It All – Pg. 221

QuickPick – Time permitting.

      

10:55’ish – Break Time

       

11:10’ish – Round Two

There will be a selection of arrangements available to gather prior to the meeting and during break.

I am constantly working on new arrangements with many in different stages of completion and hopefully I’ll add one or two this meeting.

Songs we will work on. Some depending upon completion. 

Angela – The Lumineers

Sleep On The Floor – The Lumineers

Say Something – A Great Big World

Traveller – Chris Stapleton

Budapest – George Ezra

Harvest Moon – Neil Young

Taxman – The Beatles

One Horse Town – Blackberry Smoke

Me and Julio Down By The School Yard – Paul Simon

Hang Me – Oscar Iassac

That’s How I Got To Memphis – Tom T. Hall

Mad World – Tears For Fears

         
12:00 – Performance Time

Please prepare a song to perform for the group. You can do no wrong and after you get up and play you’ll feel so much better.

                
12:25 – We must be outside the church by now since there’s another function starting promptly at 12:30. Thank you for being considerate.

     
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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/

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