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PLUC Tales – Long-Distance Strummer

Last April I was in Catford for six weeks awaiting the birth of my grandson, Evan, and helping afterwards. I had been going to a Colchester U3A group and thoroughly enjoyed it, so was missing it.

I googled local ukulele groups and came up with the excellent PLUC. I knew where Lewisham Hospital was and discovered PLUC in one of those now rare places, the hospital social club.

The group were very welcoming and not over worried re my very amateur twangings. I enjoy the songs they do and appreciate the obvious talent there too. For me, it has helped my ukulele ‘alphabet’.

Thanks from Gail, Colchester.

Gail's Ukulele

Other PLUC Tales: New Uker! – Sheila; A Tale Of Two Ukuleles – Tina; The First Rule Of Uke Club… – AnthonyRon’s Progress; Probably The Most Fun Instrument In The World… – Jos; It’s Been A Year – Part 2 – Jeanette; From Classical To PLUC – Andrew; A History Of The Ukulele – And Its Part In My Downfall – JamesSanta Rides Again – Alan F; Steph’s StoryRon’s Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome; Uncle Ron’s Legacy… – Wee Kheng; Dan’s Story; Five Years & Loving It – Simon; My Ukulele Origins… – Rufus; Why Ed Started Playing The Ukulele; Ron’s Song; It’s Been A Year… – Jeanette

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2016 in Members' Items

 

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Happy 2016!

Happy New Year to all PLUC members & readers of our blog. This year’s PLUC 2016 Calendar gives a selection of alternative (moveable) chord shapes.

As usual, WordPress have produced stats for 2015 to show our most popular articles & from where we receive our visitors. You can also compare the 2014 & 2013 reports.

If you’ve received a ukulele for Christmas or just bought one, do read our New Uke For Xmas & look round our site as there are plenty of useful beginners’ tips; links to free resources & songbooks. As always, new members are very welcome to attend our group, whatever their level of playing. We’re back at the Lewis Club on Tue 5 Jan 2016.

Jeanette

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2016 in PLUC News & Info

 

All I Want For Christmas…

Festive greetings everybody! Here’s Richard Hefner with a playalong video for I Want A Ukulele For Christmas:

 

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Xmas Strumalong 2015

Xmas 2014 - 11 Colin, Simon & Rufus 04

Xmas 2014 – Colin, Simon & Rufus

PLUC’s Christmas arrangements are as follows:

  • Tue 15 Dec – Lewis Club DOWNSTAIRS (there is a function upstairs)
  • Tue 22 Dec – Lewis Club
  • Tue 29 Dec – XMAS BREAK
  • Tue 5 Jan – Lewis Club. New members welcome

All present & past PLUC members welcome. We’re sticking with our regular songbook this year, as the majority of us want a break from having to do Xmas numbers!

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2015 in PLUC News & Info, Uke Night

 

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PLUC 2015 Top Ten – Dec

Steve J, Bob & Maria - Xmas 2014

Steve J, Bob & Maria – Xmas 2014

After much deliberation, we voted for Girl On Fire from Tina’s songs back in October. That joins Kevin’s three songs, as we felt they all had interesting aspects to work up.

Here are Bob’s selections for our final Top Ten. As ever, PLUC members please go & grab the actual versions we’ll be using from our Box (reminder: ask Ed, Steve or me if you don’t understand how to get Box to email you automatically as we post new songs etc in there). If enough people have printed them for this week we’ll play them Tues 8 Dec.& then again in the New Year to pick the one to keep & work on.

Song One – Any Old Time – a country hit for Jimmie Rodgers. Here’s the Sara Watkins Band with Sean Watkins & Chris Thile (making a Nickel Creek reunion). We could add some variety with mandolin or banjolele & even Andrew’s Jew’s Harp:

 

Song Two – Loves Me Like A Rock – Paul Simon. This has nice call & response harmonies. Cover by Isaiah Mosteller:

 

Song Three – ELO’s Mr Blue Sky. Anthony Loh & friends produce a fun version (maybe we can dig out more cowbell…):

 

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Happy Halloween – Trick Or Uke Treat

Here’s a version of  Warren Zevon’s Werewolves Of London by 23skidooooooooo & pals (piano riff for uke here). Don’t get grabbed by the ghoulies tonight!

 
 

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PLUC Weekend Workout

Want to brush up on your knowledge of the fretboard? Need to know how to relate written music to the notes you play? Then head over to Tom Potts’ handy Ukulele Note Finder tool.

All you need to do is hover over a position on the fretboard & it’ll tell you where else you’ll find notes of the same pitch (ie octave) elsewhere on other strings. Or, if you are looking at a piece of music, go to the bottom of the screen, find the note on the stave you have to identify, & it gives you your various playing options on the fretboard.

In the example below, you can see there are four high Cs (C5) on a standard gCEA-tuned 12 fret instrument. The open C string is an octave lower –  C4 / middle C. Use the various search boxes on the right hand side of the PLUC site pages to look up more articles, tools & tips from us about very basic understanding of music, notes & fretboards if this is all unfamiliar to you!

 

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