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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)