Monthly Archives: April 2012

Upcoming Events: Woodshed Session May 14, Open Mic May 25

This May we have two events scheduled!

Instead of combining open mic and play-along activities, we’re going to try doing them as separate events.

First, we’ve scheduled a Ukulele “Woodshed” Session for 5-7 PM on Monday, May 14 at the Bozeman Public Library. This will be an informal get together where players of all abilities can play together. No mic, no audience, just fun. Organizers Ken, Mark and Marla will bring a few songs to play together, but participants are invited to bring play-along songs, too. It will be more or less an assisted jam session with chord diagrams on hand for those who need them. At this session, we hope to nail down a more frequent, standing date for similar woodshed sessions.

Next, we have scheduled an Ukulele Open Mic for 7-9 PM on Saturday, May 25 at Wild Joe’s Coffeehouse. We’re hoping some of Bozeman’s most interesting and/or talented ukulele players will come out of the woodwork and show off their funnest, funniest, funkiest ukulele tunes. We haven’t yet decided a theme (or decided on no theme at all), but anyone who shares theme input will be entered in a drawing for a set of ukulele strings. Go to the Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret’s facebook page to cast your vote!

Thanks to all who have participated in our play-along and open mic events so far. Hope to see you again in May, if not sooner!


Printable Chord Sheets for all April 16 play-along songs

In case anyone would like to have their own printed copy of the songs we are going to play at the April 16 Ukulele play-along, here’s a PDF {All Songs April 16 }with the songs consolidated to one song per sheet and some chord diagram reminders in the margin.

We will have just a few paper copies at the event in case there is anyone seated where they can’t see the projection screen, but please print and bring your own if you’d like to have a for-sure backup.

Four More Songs for Planet Ukulele Play-along April 16

Here are some more tunes for our “Planet Ukulele” earthy stuff play-along night, Monday, April 16 from 5-7 at the Flying C Cafe (upstairs at the Bozeman Co-op).

This post includes four songs from our play-along list, in case you’d like to run through them on your own: “You Ain’t Goin Nowhere” by Bob Dylan, “Nowhere Man” by the Beatles, “Spanish Pipedream” by John Prine, and “Norwegian Wood” also by the Beatles.

Okay, so what’s the “earthy stuff” connection? you may ask. As for the “Nowhere…” titles, well, where would we be without the Earth?

I picked “Spanish Pipedream” (AKA Blow Up Your TV) because planting a garden and eating peaches are undeniably earthy activities, as is topless dancing.

“Norwegian Wood” is more of a stretch — would you buy Norway and wood are both things found on Earth as a tie-in? Hey, it’s fun to play on the uke!

Big Yellow Taxi – for April 16 Planet Uke Play-Along

What Earth-themed singalong would be complete without it?

I’m not sure exactly what that Bb chord is named, so I called it Bb+ (which sounds like the grade I might have gotten in music theory, had I ever taken it). Just keep that pink planted on your C chord through the WHOLE SONG, because you’re going to add it to your F and your Bb anyway.

Shoo bop bop bop bop!

Big Yellow Taxi Chords for Ukulele play along

Raindrops Keep Fallin on My Head — for April 16 Planet Ukulele Playalong

This song has a lot of chords, but they’re all pretty easy! Perfect for a rainy day in the Bozone.

Raindrops Keep Fallin on My Head - Chord 3 of 3 for Planet Ukulele Play-along

Take me to the River — for April 16 Planet Ukulele Play Along

See, rivers are part of the Earth. Get it? This is one of the more difficult songs we’re going to try at the play-along. That D-A chord change may be a little fast for beginners. If that’s the case, just “chuck” on those chords (deaden the strings and keep strumming, so you don’t get lost, and jump back in on the chords you can play).

It may not sound exactly like Al Green or like the Talking Heads — maybe somewhere in between? I did a little adjusting to slow down the transitions so that hopefully we can make it through it together. (That B at the end of the bridge will give you a second to think before going into the last verse!)

Now folks, you’re going to have to do some barring on the 4th fret to play E7 and C#m. Don’t freak out! Give it a try. Bar chords are a lot easier to play on a ukulele than on a guitar. Rock on

Oops, someone pointed out that my chord diagram for E7 actually shows Eb7. Move it up to the 4th fret for E7, and kindly ignore the messed up diagram for now!

Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World Kamakawiwo’ole Style

I think we’re going to attempt to do this arrangement of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Wonderful World as popularized by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole at the April 16 play-along.

Thanks to the how-to on Ukulele Tricks for the chords!