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Here comes Halloween! Trick or treat? My Grandfather used to challenge the costumed door knockers by replying, “Trick!”, with his thick Italian accent. Then there was an awkward silence with a few wide open mouths. He would give it a few seconds for effect, then laugh heartily and gladly give up the treats hiding behind the door.
Okay, that’s enough reminiscing. Let’s play some ukulele!!!
*Important notice to all of you fantastic Pluckin’ Strummers. Our club is approaching its five year anniversary. Thanks to all our faithful members and heres to many more joining us for a lot more strummin’ and singing fun to come. After some serious thought and some number crushing, we, which is now just me, have decided to lower the suggested dues at each meeting from $10 to $5. That’s right! Half off! With this reduction of dues the percentage of what is given to our fabulous location will double so the change won’t be felt by the church. I truly wish I could do this as completely free but this is a lot closer than it was. Thanks again to all that have supported our fantastic club!
Please feel free to bring snacks for our coffee break. Thank you.

9:30 – Setup Time
Questions anyone? Announcements? Suggestions?

10:00 – Round One
Back to Book One – (The yellow one)
Warm up strummin’
•Quick Lesson Time – Chunk Strum methods
•Your Cheatin’ Heart – Pg. 281
•Yes Sir, That’s My Baby – Pg. 278
•You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away – Pg. 283
•With A Little Luck From My Friends – Pg. 272
•Will The Circle Be Unbroken – Pg. 270
•World Without Love – Pg. 271
•A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)
•Quick Pick – Time Permitting

10:50’ish – Break Time

11:10’ish – Round Two
There will be a great selection of our arrangements available at the meeting plus a couple new ones!
•Budapest – by George Ezra
The original key is F but to make it easier to play on the ukulele I’ve raised it to G.
Fun song!
•The Lazy Song – by Bruno Mars
Original key is Bb. 4/4
Chords I, V, IV – B, F#, E
Upstroke strums on the “ands” of the count with right hand fretboard slaps on the 2’s and 4’s. Make the chords short, no sustain, by letting go with your left hand slightly. It sounds harder than it is. We’ll go over it in detail in person.
If you have the time please listen to these songs. YouTube is a good place to listen for free. Thanks everyone.

12:00 – Performance Time
Last meetings performances were so good! Keep up the good work 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.

Long time no see! I didn’t see many of you Pluckin’ Strummers at the “LA International Ukulele Festival” last Saturday. Thanks to all that attended though, you made it worthwhile. We had a fantastic meet up breakfast at King’s Hawaiian Bakery in Torrance before the event. Yum! We enjoyed a couple great workshops and escaped a couple disastrous ones. All in all I think it was a great event especially for its first year. Next year will be even better. Don’t miss it! Next year we’ll perform as a group and we will strive to be completely off book. It’ll be awesome! We can do it!

So, back to our regularly scheduled meetings on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Glad to be back at it.

9:30 am – Setup Time
While we are getting ready to begin at 10:00 please have your questions, comment or suggestions ready to go. Maybe you have an announcement of an event or a song you need help with. I’ll do my best to help.

10:00 – Round One
Book 2, otherwise known as the blue book.
The Banana Boat Song – Pg 30
As Tears Go By – Pg. 24
And I Love Her – Pg. 24
Annie’s Song – Pg. 23
Are You Havin’ Any Fun? – Pg 26
Quick Pick
As Time Goes By – Pg. 27 (Lots of chords but the tempo is slow and they’re all first position)
Autumn Leaves – Pg. 28
Blue Moon Of Kentucky – Pg. 35

10:55 – Break Time

11:10’ish – Round Two
Again there will be a lovely selection on our arrangements for your playing and singing pleasure. Maybe even a new one or two.

12:00 – Performance Time
Give a go if you haven’t yet. I promise, it won’t hurt a bit. 😋

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Regular Meeting Location:

Christ Church Griffith Park in 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 for your consideration of others.

Hello Pluckin’ Strummers! Long time no see. Here we are again with the second Saturday of the month quickly approaching. I hope you all have been practicing while staying cool. Maybe poolside with a fancy beverage or indoors enjoying the air conditioning. I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day holiday. Enough with he pleasantries. Let’s start picking songs. 😝

9:30 – Set up time
Questions anyone? Suggestions? Announcements? Show and tell?Need help with a song? Time to tuneup that ukulele and prepare your materials. Let’s play!

10:00 – Round One
Book two – The blue one!
Warm up with a C major scale and identifying the chords within that key.
This Magic Moment – Pg. 354
To Love Somebody – Pg. 360
Undecided – Pg. 369
Up Around The Bend – Pg. 371
The Wanderer – Pg. 375
The Way You Do The Things You Do – Pg. 378
When Will I Be Loved – Pg. 385
White Sandy Beach – Pg. 387
Quick Pick – Time Permitting

10:55 -Break Time

11:10 – Round Two
There will be a selection of our arrangements along with a new one.
“Cold Arms” by Mumford & Sons
Off their new album Wilder Mind. Give it a listen to familiarize yourself with it.
Some copies will be available at the meeting.

12:00 – Performance Time
This is your time to shine. Give it a try! You are among friends.

August 22nd

Hello Pluckin’ Strummers!

Our last meeting was a little light attendance wise which is of course understandable with it being summer and all. We still had a blast, as always. Since it was a small group it was another freebie! There were also some new faces which is always a pleasure to see. Don’t fret, pun intended, if your first meeting with us happens to be a freebie then your next one is too. It’s only fair.
Now that I’m doing this virtually by myself please feel free to remind me to map the songs and keep things moving along at a steady pace. I can tend to ramble on sometimes. I also forgot to get names and email addresses from the new members last week. Oops, silly me. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you all.

Even though Alisa was a ‘behind the scenes’ person as she states below she has always been a fantastic partner that keep our club running flawlessly since the very beginning. Huge thanks to Alisa and we hope she continues to grace us with her presence when she’s able.

Much love to you and your family,

Brett “2ch” Santucci

The following is a reprint from our last meeting’s post;

A quick note from Alisa:

Hi all! I’m saddened to announce that I will be stepping down as the Pluckin’ Strummers’ ‘behind the scenes’ person. This has been a fantastic 5 years getting our club up and running and meeting and making music with all of you. I’ll continue to come to meetings when I’m able but will no longer handle the bi-weekly posts, club organization or Tooch prompting, etc.

Life, as you know, continues to evolve and I’m at a place where I need to devote what ‘free-time’ I have to paying work and family. As we go forward, please address questions to Tooch and be patient as he takes over operations. Oh, and don’t be afraid to remind him to map the songs…

Much love to you all and happy playing!
-Alisa


9:30 – Setup Time

Time for questions, comments, suggestions, show and tell, coffee brewed, instruments and materials readied.

10:00 – Round One
Book 2 – Blue Book

  • Quick Lesson Time – Strums
  • Sunshine – Pg. 328 (Chunk Strum and Fan Strum)
  • Sweet Someone – Pg. 333
  • Easy Quick Pick
  • Sway – Pg. 336
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads – Pg. 340
  • Tears On My Pillow – Pg. 341
  • Teach Your Children – Pg. 343
  • Quick Pick – Time Permitting

10:50’ish – Break Time

11:10’ish – Round Two

There will be a delightful selection of our arrangements for the second half. As always there will be some copies available.

12:00 – Performance Time

Let’s have some fun! If you haven’t played for us in the past maybe now would be a good time to give it a go. No pressure. 😋

 


 

 

Regular Meeting Location:

Christ Church Griffith Park in 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 for your consideration of others.

August 8th

Thank you to everyone who made our last “special” meeting a blast during and afterwards. Getting back to our usual format below is a list of songs from book two, the blue book, to get us a pluckin’ and a strummin’.

A quick note from Alisa:

Hi all! I’m saddened to announce that I will be stepping down as the Pluckin’ Strummers’ ‘behind the scenes’ person. This has been a fantastic 5 years getting our club up and running and meeting and making music with all of you. I’ll continue to come to meetings when I’m able but will no longer handle the bi-weekly posts, club organization or Tooch prompting, etc.

Life, as you know, continues to evolve and I’m at a place where I need to devote what ‘free-time’ I have to paying work and family. As we go forward, please address questions to Tooch and be patient as he takes over operations. Oh, and don’t be afraid to remind him to map the songs…

Much love to you all and happy playing!
-Alisa


9:30 – Setup Time

Chairs arranged, coffee brewed, music stands places, materials readied, ukuleles tuned, and fingers and voices warmed up.
Extra attention to beginners needed?
Questions anyone? Suggestions? Announcements?
Show and tell?
Anything else I might have forgotten?

10:00 – Round One
Book 2 – Blue Book

  • Lesson Time – Let’s do some soloing in A with
  • Born To Be Wild – Pg. 49
  • Don’t Stop – Pg. 97
  • Book Of Love – Pg. 45
  • Easy Quick Pick
  • Bring Me Sunshine – Pg. 47
  • Bubbly – Pg. 52
  • Anticipation – Pg. 22
  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Pg. 64
  • Ferry ‘Cross The Mersey – Pg. 117
  • Quick Pick – Time Permitting

10:50’ish – Break Time

11:10’ish – Round 2
Some copies will be available at the meeting.

  • Kansas City
  • Hang Me
  • That’s How I Got To Memphis
  • In Spite Of Ourselves
  • Lonestar
  • Fare Thee Well

Plus one or two more to be determined when printing.

12:00 – Performance Time

July 25

A Special Day in History! Lol!

Hello Everyone! This meeting is going to be less structured. Free meeting! No donations! Bring yourself, Uke, materials, music stand and a big smile. If it’s your first time with us that means your second time will also be a freebie. Let’s play some favorites from Book One, the yellow book. The second half will include a selection of our arrangements and as always some copies will be available.
The more the merrier! Come one, come all. Please spread the word.

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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.

July 11

Summertime fun! Our last meeting was great. Thanks for those who attended.

9:30 – Set up
Questions anyone? Announcements? Ukulele events? Suggestions?

10:00 – Round One
Book 2 – (Blue)

  • Kansas City – Pg. 202
  • Quick Lesson
  • Easy Quick Pick
  • Your Mama Don’t Dance – Pg. 410
  • Quick Pick #2
  • Look in’ For Love – Pg. 226
  • L-O-V-E – Pg. 230
  • You Got It – Pg. 404
  • In My Life – Pg. 186
  • Sway – Pg. 336

10:50 – Break Time

11:10 – Round Two
Another selection of our arrangements. Some copies will be available at the meeting.

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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