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No meeting on the 10th of November.

We will meet the following Saturday, November 17th.
Song list to follow in a few days. Stay tuned.


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September 22nd

Hello Pluckers!

It’s time to meet again for friendship and song. Below is our list of songs for September 22nd but before you start practicing you’ve got and assignment…

Write down 3 songs from our club book that you’d like to play out and about. We really want your input on what will become our set list for public events. We’ll be putting it together soon, so shoot us an email with suggestions. We will discuss further at Saturday’s meeting.

And now to the meaty bits:

9:30 am – Questions anyone?

10:00 am

  • Strum Exercises
  • Goodnight, Irene – Pg. 94
  • Deep In The Heart Of Texas – Pg. 64
  • Quick Pick
  • Red River Valley – Pg. 195
  • Beautiful Brown Eyes – Pg. 34
  • Blowin’ In The Wind – Pg. 36
  • Buffalo Gals – Pg. 40
  • Enjoy Yourself – Pg. 76

10:50 am – Break Time – Caffeine, Cookies, and Conversation.

11:10 am

  • Happy Together – Pg. 98
  • Miss The Mississippi And You – Pg. 162
  • Pennies From Heaven – Pg. 188 Swing it!
  • Why Do Fools Fall Around – Pg. 269
  • Quick Pick
  • When Your Smiling – Pg. 265
  • I Feel Fine – Pg. 118
  • If I Had A Hammer – Pg. 119
  • You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You – Pg. 284

From 2ch’s arrangements:

  • Sunshine
  • Proud Mary

12:00 – Performance Time

Remember, arrangements are now online in a .zip file here:
Pluckin’ Strummer’s Songbook
(user name and password are sent via a private message to members)

Big thanks to Buzz and his site A Beginners Ukulele Resource Kit
for the following quotes and links:

Acoustic Guitar – “Ukulele” Magazine

You can grab the premier October 2012 edition, free online (you may also download it as PDF). It’s an ad heavy ‘zine, but does include some good content such as “uke basics”, a few songs, plus these features:

  • Uke for Guitarists Lesson
  • Shopping for a Uke Tips
  • Vintage Uke Gallery
  • Jake Shimabukuro interview

Not a whole lot new, but still lots of eye candy. Plus, the tips for guitarists should make it a helpful foray into our odd four stringed world.


Rolling Coconuts, a free Japanese ukulele magazine. (no luck finding it here in LA)

As always,
Meeting the 2nd and 4th
Saturdays of the month
10:00am – 12:30pm
(unless otherwise stated).

Christ Church Griffith Park,
Atwater Village
3852 Edenhurst
Los Angeles, CA

Looking forward to seeing you all,

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Aquila Corde Armoniche Srl
Caldogno, November 14- 2011

We regret to inform our customers that the production of gut strings is closed both for bad quality of raw material, that since some months is sold to us, and for the strict European legislation, and therefore also Italian, that forbids the production and use of gut and prohibits not only the use of Italian or European gut , but also the import of raw material extra EU.
We are committed to look for new solutions; we cannot provide assurances, however, that the problem can be solved quickly.
Once we will be able to guarantee a quality that satisfies us, we will advise in our website.
Please be advised that we have already finished existing stock of gut strings and we are not able to meet any exemption request.
In case you are interested, please note that the office in charge of applying above mentioned norms is :

Ministero della Salute, Dipartimento della Sanità per la Tutela della sanità Pubblica e Veterinaria, della Sicurezza Alimentazione Ufficio III della DGSAN Dott. Serraino Tiziana

Thank you for being with us throughout all these years.
Mimmo Peruffo

Original source:
Aquila Facebook Page

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How fun was that?

What a blast!

Thank you all for coming out on such a blazing hot day and thank you Bruce for blasting the air-conditioner. Awesome to see so many new faces. And the U-bass! It’s happy to be in such capable hands.

Our performance at Autumn Nights on the Blvd. in Atwater Village is sneaking up. Keep the evening of September 29th open (time TBA).
Those who wish to participate, please shoot an email to us at: pluckinstrummers@gmail.com.
We’d like to get a count and start working out voices, etc. For those not quite ready to perform ukulele in public, consider joining us in a percussive role.

We plan on meeting weekly until our 1st performance date, September 29th.
So, Next Meeting Sunday September 4th.

10 a.m.-1pm @ Que Linda Tu
(Thanks Mike Y. for the location!)
3608 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, Ca. 91214

Songs we’ll be covering:

  • Longing To Belong – Eddie Vedder
  • Proud Mary – CCR
  • No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley
  • Man of Constant Sorrow – Traditional
  • Apple Blossom – White Stripes
  • Hang On Little Tomato – Pink Martini
  • Sentimental Journey – Pg. 205
  • All I Have To Do Is Dream – Pg. 18
  • Happy Together – Pg. 98
  • Hound Dog – Pg. 111
  • Bad Bad Leroy Brown – Pg. 30

Thanks again everyone and much happiness!

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Hello Pluckin’ Strummers!

Hoping this post finds you feelin’ groovy. We’re going to keep dialing in those strums and having a blast doing it. Remember, if you have friends or family who don’t play uke but love to sings, they are more than welcome to join us in song. Now, without further ado, we want to hear from you.
Your opinion is wanted!

Here is our song list for our next meeting:

  • Ring Of Fire – Pg. 197
  • These Boots Are Made For Walking – Pg. 232
  • Your song pick winner – TBD by you!
  • * Mustang Sally (tab in post below)
  • The 59th Street Bridge Song – Pg. 97


  • Georgia On My Mind – Pg. 87
  • * Proud Mary (tab in post below)

audio example of the simplified intro to PM:http://db.tt/G4b4iyJ

  • Sentimental Journey – Pg. 205
  • That Hawaiian Melody – Pg. 228

* Tabbed by Tooch for your enjoyment and education.
You can download the tab in the post below.
The password is available though the PS mailing list.
Come to a meeting, get on the list and get in the know!

Some notes on practice
We understand how difficult it is find time to practice, but try to practice daily. You’ll find just 20 min. a day to be hugely beneficial.

Some beginners get discouraged at first but with consistent practice your confidence will grow. Try to learn a few of the songs on the list. Many of these songs are familiar, so practice those first.

The first melody note is identified at the top of the page. Pick the note shown and match your voice to it. Review the chords. Start slowly, paying attention to the time signature. If it’s 4/4 that means four beats per measure and the value of the beat is a 1/4 note. Start with just down strums, four per measure.
Of interest this week
Lil’ Rev has released his new book, 101 Ukulele Licks.
You’ll find a nice review of it by Woodshed on Ukulele Hunt.
Here’s Lil’ Rev busting out some of his 101 licks with Dominator.


Enjoy your week and your playing.
We’ll see you Saturday!

All the Best,

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A special screening of the MIGHTY UKE in Los Angeles on Saturday January 15 at 8pm.

As well as the film, ukulele virtuoso James Hill, who is a keynote speaker at the convention, will perform along with special guests Jim & Liz Beloff. As per Tony Coleman, MU’s director, there will be loads of give-aways, including Kala ukuleles, Jumpin’ Jim songbooks and MIGHTY UKE DVDs and T-shirts. Don’t forget to bring your ukes for the giant strum-along at the end of the show.

That’s Saturday January 15 at 8pm at the Ultrastar Cinemas at the Anaheim Garden Walk just a couple of blocks from the Anaheim Convention Center. Tickets are $15 and available here:

Enjoy, it should be a fun time.

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