If you fancy improving your skills with some free online courses, do have a look at Coursera. They offer video lessons from lecturers at universities & colleges around the world; you’re assessed by answering quizzes & submitting assignments. There’s no need to pay for the certificates (which are meaningless, as they aren’t recognised qualfications), just enjoy learning & enhancing your skills.
They cover a huge variety of subjects and have some very interesting music topics. A six-week Songwriting course has just started if you’re interested & quick off the mark (or you can opt to be informed when the future sessions are held). Others currently available or in the pipeline include music theory; history of western music; classical music; history of rock; appreciations of The Beatles & Rolling Stones; the American South (which includes roots music & the blues); world music; rehearsing musical ensembles; musical sounds/electronics & several more.
Kevin’s has dug out an excellent three numbers for us to try in April. We’ll be playing them as a group on Tue 31 March & Tue 7 April, as people seem to need a little longer than a week to practice & it worked well this month playing everything on two weeks.
As before, the versions of the songs we’ll be using are in the PLUC Box for members (not necessarily the ones linked to here), so make sure you head over & pick them up. We’ll then vote upon the one that works the best so we can rehearse it more fully over the coming months.
Song One – Girl From Ipanema – a hit single by Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz & thought to be the second most covered pop song in history, after Yesterday by The Beatles. Here’s Ukucafe’s arrangement:
Song Two – By The Light Of The Silvery Moon – a 1909 number first recorded by Billy Murray & Haydn Quartet and covered by many, such as Fats Waller, Doris Day & Little Richard. Uke version by reyalpEleluku:
Song Three – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – originally by a track on The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper. Tsutomu Yoshikawa here:
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Well, it is if you use the US date format, as today is 3.14.15 – which is the first few digits of the mathematical constant, Pi. As I haven’t snuck in any puns lately, here’s a lovely instrumental rendition of the Don McLean classic, American Pie, covered by Matthew Richards. Hop over to Ukulele Hunt to hear Woodshed play Pi on the ukulele & read how it even caused a legal battle.
PS I’m not quite sad enough to schedule this to post at 3.14…
Voting for the new March song, selected by Ed, took place at this week’s session, fittingly on his 42nd wedding anniversary, so congratulations again to Ed & his wife!
Whilst we enjoyed playing all the songs, we opted for Summer In The City, as it’s a more challenging number to learn (& the other two, although classics, only use very basic chords).
Kev has chosen April’s numbers, which will be unveiled soon. And Tina & Bob have lined up their choices for the following two months.
Here’s another completely different uke arrangement of this month’s tune, from Colin Tribe:
This month’s tunes have been chosen by Ed. He’s picked three songs that he thinks would work well in the group & says let’s give it a try & see what comes out the other end.
As before, the versions of the songs we’ll be using are in the PLUC Box for members (and have been emailed to our newer attendees). Do practice these at home & be ready to play them as a group on Tue 3 March. We’ll then vote upon the one that works the best so we can rehearse it more fully over the coming months.
There are plenty of ukulele cover versions of all of them out there, especially the third song, but here are a selection to help set the scene.
Song One – Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino (& many others). Here’s Natalie Steiner with her version:
Song Two – Summer in The City – The Lovin’ Spoonful. Cover by Hastings pair, vallelectro:
Song Three – Mr Tambourine Man – originally by Bob Dylan, with the The Byrds taking it to number one. Ken Middleton makes it his own here:
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When we were playing After You’ve Gone this week, Rufus mentioned that he’d recorded a version in his garden with Alli, founder of Ukulele Cosmos. It seems a fitting song to post here on St Skeletor’s Day:
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