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Course You Can

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.

We’ve also previously posted about other online courses, such as the Open University & ALISON, under our PLUC Weekend Workout topic if you wish to explore further options.

 

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PLUC 2015 Top Ten – April

Xmas Strumalong 2013 - 07 Tina, Anthony & Kev

Tina, Anthony & Kev

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 OneGirl 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 TwoBy 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 ThreeLucy In The Sky With Diamonds – originally by a track on The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper. Tsutomu Yoshikawa here:

 

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PLUC 2015 Top Ten – March – The Winner

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:

 

 

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PLUC 2015 Top Ten – March

PLUC Club Night Jan 2013 - Ed

Ed – Jan 2013

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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PLUC 2015 Top Ten – February – The Winner

Voting for our new February song took place at this week’s club night. We were originally going to have an on-line vote afterwards but, once we heard Colin’s McCartney bass line & Chris’s soloing, Something was the clear winner. So we’ll be rehearsing it for the rest of the month to ensure it’s in our repertoire. Very fitting, as George Harrison’s birthday is this month.

It was a fab night for me as a Beatles fan, not only have we added Love Me Do to our songbook but we also ran through Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea (covered by Harrison in his final album, Brainwashed) & dug out Lady Madonna, which we’ve not played in ages (& is one of my fave Beatle tracks).

Nice to see another full house, with a good mix of regulars & new members, plus visitor, Robert, who was just passing through & saw our website, so decided to drop in & join the session.

Jeanette

 

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PLUC 2015 Top Ten – February

Brindishe Green Xmas Fair Nov 2014 09 - Simon

Brindishe Green Fair – Simon

For 2015, a different PLUC member will suggest three numbers for us to try out each month. We’ll vote on which one we wish to work up &, by the end of November, should have ten new songs in our repertoire.  Anyone wishing to propose a selection – either new ones you just fancy us strumming or oldies from our existing songbook we never get around to playing – let Jeanette know, so we can get this going. Thanks.

PLUC founder, Simon, has picked three of his favourite tunes which he suggests we practice at home before playing at our session on Tue 3 Feb, to see how they work in the group. Then there will be a vote for us to choose which one we will perfect over the rest of the month. The versions we’ll be playing are available in the PLUC Box as usual (& have been emailed to newer members).

Song OnePuff The Magic Dragon – Peter, Paul & Mary:

Song Two – Five Get Over Excited – The Housemartins:

Song ThreeSomething – The Beatles. One of George Harrison’s most famous compositions (allegedly Frank Sinatra’s “favourite Lennon & McCartney song”):

 

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UkeTubes

Hound Dog Flowchart - from John Atkinson, Wrong Hands (http://wronghands1.wordpress.com/)

Hound Dog Flowchart – from John Atkinson, Wrong Hands (http://wronghands1.wordpress.com/)

Today would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday.

We play a number of tracks he made famous first, or just covered, such as Blue Moon, (Now & Then There’s) A Fool Such As I and even our regular closing number, Aloha ‘Oe.

If you have a favourite Elvis number & uke arrangement, why not post a link for us below in the comments?

Here is The Ukulele Bartt Sextet with their medley of Hound Dog/All Shook Up performed on Elvis’ 75th birthday:

 

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