Monthly Archives: March 2014

Ukulele Power Ballads! April 6 and April 13 2014


April is POWER BALLAD* month! Marla will host April ukulele sessions with a bevvy of ballads from Journey, REO Speedwagon, Air Supply, Manfred Mann, Foreigner, Boston, Styx, Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Kansas and maybe a couple of surprises.

SUNDAY APRIL 6th, 1pm-3pm  –  Open Lesson at the Public Library (small meeting room)
Starting at 1pm at the library, Marla will coach you on the basics of a few techniques commonly used in power ballads. Then we’ll walk across the street to Cafe M for an easy-going sneak preview of songs that we’ll play the following week. Think of it as a library lesson followed by a ukulele Power Ballad coffee klatch. — All are welcome! BYO Uke!

SUNDAY APRIL 13th, 7pm-9pm  –  Ukulele Pizza Jam at Colombo’s (backroom)
Marla will provide music sheets for some power ballads that all can play (and sing! emotively! …if that’s a word!) along on. There will be a mic set up, so bring a song you’d like to lead or perform, or just bring your uke and have fun strumming along. (The theme power ballads is just for inspiration — bring any song you like!)
Power Ballad Chord Sheets (PDF): Power Ballads
*What’s a power ballad? “An outgrowth of ’70s stadium rock, the ’80s power ballad combined keyboards, acoustic guitar, orchestration and tender lyrics with thundering guitars and drums…contributing to the rise in popularity of hard rock.”
If you were alive between 1975 and 1990, you can probably sing along with the choruses of a LOT of power ballads! If not, isn’t it about time you were exposed to the musical bedrock of baby boomer culture? A lot of them start out with pretty little fingerpicked intros and then descend into crushing rock and roll leads (which I for one can’t play, but we’ll have fun anyway!) The chords tend to be pretty easy and the structure repetitive, so don’t be shy: Come…strum…and be awesome!!