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Hello from the Schooner Zodiac in the San Juan Islands.
This post is a little late but I've found some quiet time to sit down and pick some songs for our meeting this Saturday.

9:00 – Free Group Lesson Session
Please take advantage of this time to improve you ukulele playing skills. Bring you question and any materials needed and we'll get your questions answered.

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10:00 – Round One
Book 1 – Yellow
Rocky Top – Pg. 199
I Saw The Light – Pg. 132
My Old Kentucky Home – Pg. 171
Honey B Quick Pick
Goodnight, Irene – Pg. 94
Ja-Da – Pg. 138
How Sweet It Is – Pg. 114
How Can You Mend A Broken Heart – Pg. 113
I'm Beginning To See The Light – Pg. 127
Honey B Quick Pick #2
World Without Love – Pg. 271
With A Little Help From My Friends – Pg. 272
Honey B Quick Pick – Time Permitting

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10:55 – Break time

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11:10 – Round 2
There will be a selection of arrangements available at the meeting.
Here are a few songs we will be doing.
Trouble – Ray LaMontagne –
Re-written in the original key of G
Love Hurts – Nazareth
I Shot The Sheriff – Bob Marley
Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet
Plus a half dozen or so more.

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12:00 – Performance Time

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

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Contact Information;

Club Email –
pluckinstrummers.gmail.com

Club Blog Site –
http://www.pluckinstrummers.wordpress.com

Facebook –
http://facebook.com/PluckinStrummers/

Meetup –
http://www.meetup.com/The-Pluckin-Strummers-A-Los-Angeles-Ukulele-Club/

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Another Saturday for us to gather to play and sing. Thank you to all the Pluckin’ Strummers for making our club awesome. The time has finally come for us to revert back to a $10 donation per person to keep our club running smoothly. This will allow us to fairly compensate our fantastic location and provide funds for our anniversary celebrations.

          
July is truly flying by and after this meeting it be August 12th until we meet again. That means I will have returned from this years “Ukuleles At Sea” as the music director aboard the 160′ Schooner Zodiac out of Bellingham Wa. There are still a few spots open for the ukulele adventure of a lifetime.

Select this link for more information;
http://schoonerzodiac.com/cruises/multi-day-sails/ukuleles-at-sea/

               
Make sure to grab a flyer at our meeting for Corey’s Ukulele BBQ. Corey and his wife Liza have graciously planned this event for the 5th of August. There will be four 20 minute workshops with some fun songs to play and sing together. Corey, Mike, Susanna, and myself will be teaching some songs. BYOB (Beverage)

There is a post here on our PS FB page and on Meetup with all the details. 

RSVP by 7/21 to;

corybrendel@sbcglobal.net

               
9:00 – Free Early Lesson Session
Please bring your questions and materials to take advantage of a free 45 minute ukulele lesson. 

             

9:45 – Setup Time

Choose your seat, sign in, grab copies of our arrangements for round 2, tune up, set up your music, and prepare to have some fun!

                

10:00 – Round One

Book 1 – Yellow

Warm up/Quick Lesson Session 

Hound Dog – Pg. 111

Hey, Good Lookin’ – Pg. 108

Jackson – Pg. 139

Fields Of Gold – Pg. 80

On The Road Again – Pg. 182

Easy Quick Pick

Give My Regards To Broadway – Pg. 89

Runaway – Pg. 200

Peggy Sue – Pg. 187

Quick Pick

I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – Pg. 117

How Sweet It Is – Pg. 114

On A Slow Boat Of China – Pg. 180

Quick Pick – Time Permitting

         

10: 50’ish – Break Time 

Thank you to Mike Mitchell for volunteering to bring a snack and Happy Birthday!

          

11:10’ish – Round 2

There will be a selection of our arrangements available. 

Love Hurts by Nazareth – New!

Plus one or two others if I can find the time.

           

12:00 – Performance Time

           
12:25 – We must have exited by this time as there is another function starting promptly at 12:30. Please pay attention to this.

           
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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.

           
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Contact Information;

Club Email –

pluckinstrummers.gmail.com

                     

Club Blog Site –

http://www.pluckinstrummers.wordpress.com

                      

Facebook –

https://m.facebook.com/PluckinStrummers/

                                

Meetup –

http://www.meetup.com/The-Pluckin-Strummers-A-Los-Angeles-Ukulele-Club/

Meeting – Saturday July 8th
Happy 4th of July! Just four days after and we meet again. Are you ready? Been practicing? I know it’s tough to find the time in the summer months but remember there’s always time for our four stringed little friend.

Earlier today, Sunday the 2nd I found myself needing to teach ukulele so I went on the FB page Ukulele Players and gave my two cents worth. It was more like a roll of pennies, lol! Maybe TMI to some which made me think of our club. I’ll try to save the heavy teaching for our early Group Lesson Session mainly because it eats up so much time where we could be playing and singing. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help when needed though. Thanks everyone.

          
9am – Early Group Lesson Session

I see a lot of people coming early so when there are no specific questions I’ll pick a topic or cover material we will be playing that meeting.

           
9:45 – Setup Time

This is a great time to sign in, prepare your music, tune up, get copies of the available arrangements, schedule announcements, suggest songs, and even ask a question or two.

           
10:00 – Round One

Book 2 – Blue

Quick lesson session – The Imaginary Capo

The Banana Boat Song – Pg. 30

Blue Moon Of Kentucky – Pg. 35

Blue Bayou – Pg 42

Easy Quick Pick

Born To Be Wild – Pg. 49

Bie Mir Bist Du Schön – Pg. 38

Anticipation – Pg. 22

Annie’s Song – Pg. 23

And I Love Her – Pg. 24

As Tears Go By – Pg. 24

Are You Having Any Fun? – Pg. 26

Autumn Leaves – Pg. 28

Quick Pick

Blue Velvet – Pg. 43

Bewitched – Pg. 40

Quick Pick – Time Permitting

              
10:55 – Break Time

Java and jive! That’s the talk nonsense definition. Snacks too! Thanks to those that bring snacks.

            
11:10’ish – Round Two

Arrangements

I’ve spent a lot of time working on arrangements and perfecting the format to make them legible, compact, and consistent. 

My hope is that most of our members are constructing an alphabetical three ring binder that we can all be proud of.

Ukes can do it, lol!

            
12:00 – Performance Time

I’ve been working on a new tune so I’ll play it and you can decide if you want to learn it. Join me in sharing a song with our club?

             
12:25 – We must have exited our fabulous location by this time. Conversations can continue outside or join us at the diner “Eat” at the golf course.

                 
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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.

         
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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/

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 –

http://www.meetup.com/The-Pluckin-Strummers-A-Los-Angeles-Ukulele-Club/

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/

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 –

http://www.meetup.com/The-Pluckin-Strummers-A-Los-Angeles-Ukulele-Club/

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

                                      

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                                   

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/