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Valentine Ukulele Open Mic and Play Along Feb 13, 2015

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Valentine Ukulele Night at Wild Joes Feb. 13

The Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret hosts its fourth annual Valentine ukulele open mic and play-along from 7 to 9 pm, Friday, Feb. 13 2015 at Wild Joe’s Coffeehouse in Bozeman.

Ukulele players are invited to come out and play along on familiar love songs and heart-ache tunes. Song sheets with ukulele chords are provided, so anyone who brings a ukulele can strum along. Here’s a sneak-preview PDF of the 2015 Valentine Ukulele Play-Along Chord Sheets: Valentine 2015, in case you want to try them out ahead of time! 

Open mic performers can serenade their sweetheart or wallow in heartbreak, as the case may be. Prizes for Saddest Song, Sweetest Song and Most Swellegant Valentine Attire will be decided by audience ballot. Every performer is guaranteed a warm reception and enthusiastic applause. The public is invited to cheer the performers, vote for favorite songs, or bring a ukulele and join the fun.

Open mic players: You can sign up for a performance slot in advance online, but you must confirm your slot in person at Wild Joe’s by 7pm on Feb. 13th, or your slot may be given to someone else. (A sign-up sheet for remaining available slots will be posted at the door starting at 6pm.) Please perform only one (1) song so more people have the opportunity to play. If we have extra time at the end of the night, we’ll ask for encore volunteers.

All ukulele players, regardless of experience level, are welcome to perform or play along. If you would like to perform but need some ideas for a song to play, here’s a link to some of our favorite ukulele song sites:
For info, or to grab a spot on the open mic list, submit the contact form below.

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Ukulele New Year Party – SUNDAY JAN 4, 2015 at Colombo’s

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Happy New Year! GET OUT YOUR UKE!
5pm SUNDAY JAN 4 at Colombo’s
Meet in Colombo’s back room for pizza and a Ukulele New Year open mic/play-along. I’ll provide a couple of pizzas and some beverages to get us started.Think up a song!
YOU bring a uke and a song to perform or share* (or just come play along on songs we provide!).
We’ll have a small PA set up for at least one uke and mic — nothin’ real fancy.Easy going, low tech, new year fun!
Anything goes as long as it’s F-U-N! Rumor has it we may have some Grateful Dead songs on the list, maybe some disco-era surprises, at least one current pop hit, and anything else that you feel like adding to the mix! Here are the play-along chord sheets if you want a sneak-peek: New Year Songs

* If you have a chord sheet that you want to share for us all to play along on, it’s helpful if you bring 15 or so paper copies. (But I’ll also bring the whiteboard, so we can post chords on the fly.)

(There will be no first-time beginner lesson this time, but beginners are welcome to join us. Usually there are a variety of songs, some of them easy-ish.)

See you 5pm SUNDAY, JAN 4 at Colombos
Colombo’s is at 1003 W. College, Bozeman — Map
If you need to reserve a loaner uke, please contact us via the form on the ABOUT page to reserve one.
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Holiday Ukulele Singalong Dec. 7 2014

Holiday-851x315The next First Sunday Ukulele session is Sunday Dec. 7, 2014.
This will be a two-part session. We’ll start at the Bozeman Public Library small meeting room with our monthly free beginner crash course (1:00-1:30pm) and a Holiday Song Practice Session (1:30-2:30pm). Afterward, we will travel to Highgate Senior Living for a Holiday Singalong with the residents there (Meet at 2:45, start at 3pm).

If you don’t need any practice, feel free to show up at Highgate with your ukulele (and a music stand if you have one) at 2:45 pm. Song sheets are provided and also downloadable here, for your practicing convenience: Holiday Songs

1pm-1:30pm: BEGINNER CLASS
30-minute crash course at Bozeman Library (This is always the same beginning introduction for people who have NEVER played before. It does not build from previous months, so no need to attend if you’ve played before.)

1:30-2:30pm – HOLIDAY SONG PRACTICE SESSION
A chance to tune up and run through our holiday songs at the Library before we head to Highgate.

2:30-2:45 pm - Travel to Highgate Senior Living 2219 W Oak St (MAP) and meet in the front entry near the piano. (Wear something cheery and bring music stand if you have one.)

3:00-3:45pm HOLIDAY SINGALONG AT HIGHGATE
Uke players of all experience levels are invited to bring a ukulele and join the fun. Song sheets with chord charts are provided.

Subsequent First Sunday Ukulele times and locations will be announced as we go, so check back. (They may not ALL be at the library, depending on room availability, so join the First Sunday Session FACEBOOK EVENT or check our CALENDAR for updates.)

For more information, to get on the email list, to reserve a loaner ukulele, ($5 donation optional) or drop a comment, please submit the form below.

Ukulele Workshop: Songs of 1920s and 30s Sunday, Nov. 2 2014

  Join Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret for a a free ukulele lesson and workshop Sunday, Nov 2 at the Bozeman Public Library from 1-3:00 pm

1pm-1:30pm: Beginner Crash Course

A 30-minute crash course for first-time beginners. (NOTE: This will be the EXACT SAME crash course as last time, so if you came last time, you may not want to attend again. It is for first-time-ever players to learn basic strumming and fingering for a few easy chords.)

1:30-2:00: WORKSHOP: Songs of the 1920s and 30s with Geoff Gamble

Guest presenter Geoff Gamble will lead a workshop for more experienced players featuring songs from the 1920s and 30s. He will demonstrate some barre chords and focus on the ukulele sound that was wildly popular throughout the jazz age. If you have mastered C, G, F etc., want to learn a few new chords, and are ready for something new, this is for you!
For those who like to get a jump on the chords, attached are PDFs of two songs that Geoff plans to teach.
And here are some videos to help you learn the tune!
–Lillian Roth sings “Ain’t She Sweet” circa 1933: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVZp5505cn8
–The classic Mama Cass rendition of the 1935 song “Dream a Little Dream of Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-AxpbrFrZo
2:00-3:00 Play-Along Time
As time allows, after the workshop, players of all levels can join in a casual ukulele play-along.
We will focus mostly on oldies. Most will feature pretty easy chords!

A few last notes:
Song sheets with chord charts will be provided! All are welcome!
Those who don’t have a ukulele can reserve a loaner for a suggested donation of $5. (Submit the contact form below to reserve)
Future First Sunday Ukulele session times and locations will be announced soon! We’re working on a holiday caroling event in early December. Details to come!

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Top Five Ukulele Song Sites

The most fun way to learn ukulele is to play songs that you like! Here are a few of my favorite  resources.

Sites with ukulele chords to songs:

Lots more songs with chords:

  • ULTIMATE GUITAR  has a zillion songs with lyrics and chords (They’re user-submitted so sometimes they’re not quite right, so pick the ones with top reviews. Usually they’re pretty good!) If ukulele charts aren’t available for a song, you can always look them up, and you can also transpose to a different key, for ease of singing or playing.

Uke chords: http://www.ukulele.nl/chordfinder.php

Transposing tools: http://www.simusic.com/transpose.html

Of course there are lots of other resources available on the web. These just happen to be a few that I’ve found especially enjoyable.

Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret Songbooks: I haven’t been very organized about how I post songs from our own events — they’re kind of sprinkled here and there throughout the blog. But here are links to some of our most popular songbooks from past events:

  1. Hawaiian Songs with Mark  (PDF)
  2. Power Ballads (PDF)
  3. Beginner Blues (PDF)
  4. Valentine Songs 2014 (PDF)
  5. Love & Tragedy Songbook 2013 (PDF)
  6. Holiday Songs (PDF)
  7. Halloween Songs
  8. “Cowboys and Aliens” songbook (PDF)
  9. Songs to Chill By (various) (horizontal PDF)
  10. Beginner Ukulele Class #1 (PDF)

 

 

 

First Sunday Ukulele group starts in October

Ukulele-artFirst Sunday ukulele group to meet at library starting Oct. 5 2014

This year, the Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will host a free “First Sunday” ukulele lesson and play-along series.

Each month, we’ll offer a 30 minute crash course, introduce a few new intermediate level songs, and have a fun play-along with familiar songs all can join in on.

The series starts Sunday, Oct. 5 from 1-3pm at the Bozeman Public Library.

Here’s how we envision it going:

1pm-1:30pm: Quickie 30-minute crash course for beginners.

1:30pm-2ish: All levels will work on a few new songs together as a group.

2ish-3pm: We’ll all play some familiar and fun songs together!

As always, Ukulele players of all experience levels are invited to bring a ukulele and join the fun. Song sheets with chord charts will be provided.

If you don’t have a ukulele, you can reserve a loaner. (Our suggested donation of $5 to borrow a ukulele is optional!)

Subsequent First Sunday Ukulele times and locations will be announced on Facebook, via the Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret email list, and on our online calendar.

For more information, to get on the email list, or to reserve a loaner ukulele, please submit the contact form below.

Ukulele Picnic Pics – 2014

Well, we up and did it. Bozeman Ukulele Picnic 2014 is a wrap.

Thanks everybody for coming out, and special thanks to David (photos+infrastructure) Shawna (lemonade+flowers), Mark G, Mark. S. and Joe (play-along help).
Thanks also to all who came, brought goodies and entertained us with open mic songs — especially our visitors who drove all the way from Big Timber, Ennis, Lewistown and Butte! It was great to meet you and hear you play.

I hope everybody had a good time!

Bozeman Ukulele Picnic Sunday, Aug. 17 2014

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The date is set! Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will host its 2014 Summer Ukulele Picnic at Lindley Park Pavilion (in Lindley Park) from 3:30-10 pm on Sunday, August 17. A beginning ukulele lesson is offered from 3:30-5pm. All are welcome to join us for a no-host picnic, ukulele jam and play-along at 6:00 pm.

PavilionThat’s SUNDAY, AUGUST 17 at LINDLEY PARK PAVILION (map

Lindley Park occupies the 900 block of E. Main in Bozeman. It’s not far past the library as you are heading East out of town. There is a parking area in the park, at the top of the hill as you enter the park from Main. The pavilion is located to the left (East) side of the parking area, north of the playground equipment. It’s pretty easy to find. Watch for signs!

3:30 pm UKULELE CRASH COURSE: If you don’t play the ukulele but want to learn, we’ll offer a free BEGINNER crash course to get you up and running. Registration for the lesson is closed (as of 1pm Aug. 17) but walk-ins are welcome–Just understand that we have a limited number of lesson materials and loaner ukuleles. The lesson is for BEGINNERS who have never played before. It is geared for a mixed age group, but is likely too fast-paced for children under 8 years old.

6:00 pm PICNIC, JAM and PLAY-ALONG: Bring your ukulele, your picnic dinner and “play-along-able” song(s) to share or perform (if you like). Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will provide ice cream, lemonade and song sheets for some ukulele tunes that we can all play along on. We’re prepared to serve about 30, so if more show up, we’ll improvise and share!

8:00 pm Sunset Flash Mob? Depending on how things go, it might be fun to walk over to Peet’s Hill and salute the sunset with a ukulele tune. We’ll see!

Other details: Beer/wine are allowed, but moderation is strongly encouraged. Dogs on leash are allowed in the park, but they can be pretty distracting, so you’re encouraged to leave them home. Since we’re not sure how much seating we’ll have or need, it might be a good idea to throw a lawn chair and a music stand in your rig if you have them handy!

GET IN THE KNOW: Join the Ukulele Picnic Facebook Event or ask to be added to our mailing list for updates about this and other events!

Playin the Montana 4-H Congress blues

On July 9 and 10 Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret gave a ukulele crash course to 35 teens and a few chaperones during Montana 4-H congress. It was amazing how fast they learned! Most of these kids went from never having touched a ukulele to playing 4-chord songs like “Johnny Be Goode” and “Dynamite” all within within a couple of hours.

We started out with rhythm and rhyming games and before the workshop was over, all could play C, Am7, C7, G7, F, G and Am. We even had time to break into groups to write and perform original versions of “The 4-H Congress Blues.”

Volunteers Susan Johnston and Debra Waggener helped keep ukuleles tuned and keep fingers untangled (Also, Debra took these great pictures during Wednesday afternoon’s workshop!) With 17 students per session (a few brought their own ukes) we leaned on our ukulele community to lend ukuleles.

Thanks Mark G., Susan J., Geoff G., Debra W., Shawna L., Catey L, Wren G. and Mike G. for letting these kids use your ukulele! (And thanks to all who have paid for lessons or given tips/donations, the funds from which helped me buy six ukuleles to use as loaners and rentals.) And thanks, Montana 4-H for inviting us. We had a great time!

Here is the curriculum I used, in case you took the workshop and want to review it, or teach someone else. Yes Uke Can 4-H Lesson

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