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April 11th

Hello to all you Pluckin’ Strummers! Again we gather on the second Saturday of the month to play ukuleles, sing, and enjoy coffee, cookies and great conversation. Thanks to all who attend!

Mark your calendars! – June 5th, 6th, and 7th!
Our upcoming event,
The Great Ukulele Campout 2015 has recently had an exciting addition to the festivities. Fred Sokolow will be teaching two workshops and performing prior to our campfire jam session on Saturday the 6th of June. Tooch and Bambi will also be teaching a workshop or two and suggestions for topics are welcomed. Make sure to sign up early for better pricing and before we run out of camping spaces. For those not inclined to the rustic ways of camping there is a comfortable B&B nearby.
Don’t miss out. Sign up on our FB Event page.
https://www.facebook.com/UkuleleCampout
This is going to be a blast!

9:30 – Setup
Questions anyone?

10:00 – Round One – Book 2

  • Don’t Stop – Pg. 97
  • Don’t Fence Me In – Pg. 85
  • Easy Quick Pick
  • Come Go With Me – New! Pg. 75
  • Cara Mia – Pg. 65
  • Down On The Corner – Pg. 101
  • Dream Baby – Pg. 102
  • Dream Lover – Pg. 103
  • Crocodile Rock – Pg. 78

10:50 – Break Time

11:10 – Round 2 – Arrangements

  • Mad World
  • Hang Me
  • Fate Thee Well
  • Five Hundred Miles
  • Trouble
  • We Are Going To Be Friends
  • That’s How I Got To Memphis
  • Kansas City

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.

March 28

It’s time again to gather our Pluckin’ and a Strummin’ selves to play and sing to our hearts delight. We will be enjoying our returning Far East traveling member, Gene, who will be playing bass on several songs. Thank you Gene!

9:30 – Setup Time.
Have questions and materials you need help with ready to go and fire away. Song suggestions are always welcome. New ukuleles… We want to see! Announcements scheduled. Coffee brewed. Snacks are always welcome. Let’s tune up and get ready to play and sing! Thanks to all that attend.

10:00 – 10:50 – Round One
Book One – (Yellow)

  • Jamaica Farewell – Pg. 199
  • My Girl – Pg. 166
  • Stand By Me – 219
  • All My Loving – Pg. 19
  • Eight Days A Week – Pg. 74
  • Quick Lesson Session
  • Goodnight, Irene – Pg. 94
  • How Sweet It Is – Pg. 114
  • Help – Pg. 106

11:10 – 12:00 – Round Two
Book Two – (Blue)

  • Kansas City – Pg. 202
  • Black Magic Woman – Pg. 41
  • 12 Bar blues in A
  • A7, D7, E7

  • Kansas City
  • Quick Pick
  • Be My Lover
  • That’s How I got To Memphis
  • Happy – It’s back!

12:00 – Performance Time
Let’s talk about performing and how to prepare. Getting over anxiety. How to connect with the song and the audience. Ideas?

3/14

It’s time again to gather and share our fondness of our four string friend. We had stellar attendance at our last meeting. Many new faces were welcomed as well as a lot of faithful members were there. Thanks to all that attended.

Please join our Meetup Page. The App is a free download for your phone, tablet, or computer.

The Pluckin’ Strummers – A Los Angeles Ukulele Club

Los Angeles, CA
51 Pluckin’ Strummers

The Pluckin’ Strummers – A Los Angeles Ukulele Club, welcomes players of all skill levels to join in on the fun of playing and singing in a group. The club prides itself on be…

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The Pluckin’ Strummers – A Los Angeles Ukulele Club

Saturday, Mar 14, 2015, 10:30 AM
5 Attending

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Let’s not forget the upcoming record breaking attempt at U-Space on April 18th. Sign up for the event on FB or search EventBright and reserve your spot.

Please remember to tell us your song requests. Choose songs from the books we use or even ones you heard on the radio.
Also remember that we officially start at 10 am but if you need a little help come at 9:30 with materials and questions.

9:30 – Setup
Ukuleles tuned, chairs chosen, music stands placed, materials readied, and big smiles because we are about to have some fun! Setup time is also a good time to meet fellow members, ask questions, schedule announcements, and show off your favorite ukulele. Let’s get to it!

10:00 – Round One -Book 2

  • As Tears Go By – Pg. 24
  • Blue Moon Of Kentucky – Pg. 35
  • Blue Bayou – Pg. 42
  • Bring Me Sunshine – Pg. 47
  • Bus Stop – Pg. 56
  • Catch A Falling Star – Pg. 67
  • Cecilia – Pg. 70
  • Quick Lesson Session – Strums
  • Crocodile Rock – Pg. 78

10:50 – Break Time

11:10 – Round 2 – Still Book 2

    • Carolina Moon – Pg. 71
    • Come Monday – Pg. 76
    • Come Saturday Morning – Pg. 77
    • Delilah – Pg. 84

Let’s work on some of our arrangements.

  • Kansas City – Marcus Mumford – New!
  • That’s How I Got To Memphis – Tom T. Hall -New!
  • We’re Going To Be Friends
  • Five Hundred Miles
  • Quick Pick – Time Permitting

12:00 – Performance Time

Feb 28

Welcome to our new members and thanks for joining!

Here we go again! It’s time to gather and share our joy of the ukulele. We will concentrate on Book 1 this meeting while playing some fun favorites along with a few new ones. These books always surprise me when choosing our meetings selections. Page 330, “Upside Down” by Jack Johnson is a fun little tune we’ll learn together. If you want to practice beforehand just go online and listen to the song to get a feel for the groove. The books arrangement of this song is a half step higher than recorded by the artist. It’s in the key F rather than E which is possibly easier to group sing and definitely easier to play avoiding the often dreaded E chord.

We will also work on the April 18th LA Ukulele Expo Guinness World Record Attempt Song – “Pua I Ka Ua” which will be our “Quick Lesson Session for this meeting.

Thank you everyone and please make sure to join our new Meetup Group Page:
http://www.meetup.com/The-Pluckin-Strummers-A-Los-Angeles-Ukulele-Club

9:30 – 10:00 – Set Up Time
Ukuleles tuned, materials readied, questions, song suggestions, announcements scheduled, show and tell, and anything else I might have forgotten.

10:00 – 10:50 – Round One, Book One

  • Ring Of Fire – Pg. 197
  • Midnight Special – Pg. 160
  • Moonlight Bay – Pg. 165
  • Me And Bobby McGee – Pg. 158 (quick lesson, How to find a suitable strum)
  • Save The Last Dance For Me – Pg. 202
  • Quick Lesson Session – Pua I Ka Ua – (Copies at meeting)
  • Easy Quick Pick – Time Permitting
  • Love Me Do – Pg. 154

10:50 – 11:10 – Break Time

11:10 – 12:00 – Round Two

  • Let’s Get Together – Pg. 148 (Fun with hammer-ons)
  • Runaway – Pg. 200
  • Second Hand Rose – Pg. 203 New!
  • Upside Down – Pg. 330 New!
  • Quick Pick
  • I Left My Heart In San Francisco – Pg. 120 New!
  • I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – Pg. 117
  • The Glory Of Love – Pg. 90

12:00 – 12:30 – Performance Time
Thanks to all that got up and performed at out last meeting. There were many and a new face or two! Let’s do it again! The more you do it the better you get.

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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.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love songs, shall we?
Love found, love lost, and love from afar?
Longing To Belong? Looking For Love?
Okay enough sappiness.

Exciting news! The Pluckin’ Strummers now have it’s very own “Meetup” Group account and we eagerly want our members and new people to sign up. Please RSVP to our upcoming meetings and visit often for additional ukulele events. Click on the link below and sign up. Thanks to all uke Pluckin’ Strummers. πŸ˜ƒ

9:30 – 10:00 – Setup
Coffee brewed, music stands and materials readied, questions asked and answered, songs suggested, announcements scheduled, and even show and tell. Anything else?

10:00 – 10:50 – Round One, Book 2

  • When Will I Be Loved – Pg. 385
  • L-O-V-E – Pg. 230
  • This Magic Moment – Pg. 354
  • A Teenager In Love – Pg. 344
  • Easy Love Song Quick Pick
  • Lookin’ For Love – Pg. 226
  • Quick Pick Lesson Session – You decide the topic.
  • Stop! In The Name Of Love – Pg. 320

11:10 – 12:00 – Round Two, Still Book Two

  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow – Pg. 389
  • You And I – Pg. 397 New!
  • What The World Need Now Is Love – Pg. 384
  • Sealed With A Kiss – Pg. 298 New!
  • P. S. I Love You – Pg. 279
  • Love And Marriage – Pg. 229
  • Longing To Belong – Eddie Vedder Arrangement – Copies at meeting and it can be downloaded / Info below.
  • Songs With Bass! Thank You Gene. πŸ˜„

  • Be My Lover – Alice Cooper – New! (copies at meeting)
  • 12 Bar Blues Jam in Bb.
  • Chords;
    Bb(7) – 3211, 1211 Eb(7,or9) – 3331, 1202, 0111
    F(7,or9) – 2010, 2310, 2333

12:00 – 12:30 – Performance Time
This is always so much fun. Thanks to all that participate. Let’s hear from some new people. No pressure. Have fun!

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Our Meetup Page:

The Pluckin’ Strummers – A Los Angeles Ukulele Club

Los Angeles, CA
28 Pluckin’ Strummers, Ukulele Club

The Pluckin’ Strummers – A Los Angeles Ukulele Club, welcomes players of all skill levels to join in on the fun of playing and singing in a group. The club prides itself on be…

Next Meetup

The Pluckin’ Strummers – A Los Angeles Ukulele Club

Saturday, Feb 14, 2015, 9:30 AM
12 Attending

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Member News:
Our own Ronnie Butler is singing every Monday night in February – a night of eclectic love (?) songs. His sets included inventive covers of both pop and jazz. Bring someone you love!
7:30 pm
V Wine Room
903 Westbourne Drive, West Hollywood
More info below in the link:
http://ronniebutlerjrsings.tumblr.com/

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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.

January 24

Today’s Theme – Easier Favorites for everyone to enjoy and a new “Lesson Session” segment. We will have several songs with Gene playing bass. Thank you Gene! Let’s have some ukulele fun!

As always, if your new to the group your first time with us is dues free. After that it’s only $10. Please do not use the church parking lot unless physically needed. Thanks everyone!

9:30 – Setup time. Questions answered if at all possible. Announcements made or scheduled for before we begin or before second half. Coffee brewed and snacks arranged. Please feel free to bring snacks to share. Materials laid out if any. Suggestions welcomed – materials, lesson sessions, and venue possibilities needed.

10:00 – And away we go!
Book One

  • Hound Dog – Pg. 111
  • I Saw The Light – Pg. 132
  • Bye Bye Love – Pg. 41
  • Bad Bad Leroy Brown – Pg. 30
  • Hey Good Lookin’ – Pg. 108
  • Fields Of Gold – Pg. 80
  • Happy Together – Pg. 98
  • I Feel Fine – Pg. 118
  • Me And Bobby McGee – Pg. 158
  • Quick Pick – Time Permitting

11:00’ish – Break Time

11:15’ish – Round Two
Songs with Bass!

    • Eight Days A Week
    • Stand By Me
    • Black Magic Woman
    • New! – Lesson Session – 12 Bar Blues – Key? Let’s try Bb! I, IV, V – Bb, Eb, F
      We’ll use Major, 7th, and 9th chords!
    • Quick Pick
    • These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ – Pg. 232
    • Save The Last Dance For Me – Pg. 202

Arrangements

  • Longing To Belong
  • Proud Mary

12:00 – Performance Time
Let’s see some new folks up there! πŸ˜ƒ

Also to check out (see link):
McGroarty Arts Center – 4th Friday Concert Series

January 23, 2015 – 7:30 PM
http://www.mcgroartyartscenter.org
7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga, CA 91042
(818) 352-5285

Kick back and start your weekend off right at the coolest house in town. Complimentary snacks and a cash beer and wine bar.
$7 cover charge and bar proceeds benefit the Center.

Ukulele Cabaret featuring The Honolulu Avenue Strummers and special
guests Just Pick Something and Brett “2ch” Santucci

Happy New Year, Pluckin’ Strummers!!

For our first meeting of the new year, we’ll be focusing on Jazzy songs out of both the yellow and blue books. Please bring both and if you don’t have them, someone will be happy to share.

A big congratulations to all who won prizes at our last gathering – a Cordoba ukulele, a plastic ukulele, amp, tix, strings tuners, string winder, polishing clothes, etc.

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We’re excited to dive into year 4 and looking forward to seeing you all in 2015.

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