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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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Happy 2015!

Top Referring Sites 2014

Top Referring Sites 2014

Our free downloadable PLUC 2015 Calendar shows the movable major chord shapes for year-round reference, in a handy diagram from UkeGeeks.com. Thanks to Buz for kindly tweaking the layout for us! (He also runs PizzaByTheSlice, which contains many uke-related designs & is well worth a look.)

Here are this year’s WordPress statistics & a recap of last year’s ones. We’ve had around 53,000 hits this year (compared to 40,000 in 2013), with visitors from 123 countries. Apart from our regular subscribers, people are looking for free songbook resources, music theory articles & uke playing tips. Aside from finding us through search engines, places like the Mighty Ukulele advertise us so that people looking for a local group know we exist.

If you’ve only just got a uke, do check out our newbies’ guide or just browse the site, as we cover many free resources useful to beginners & intermediate players.

 

Top Ten Top Articles of 2014 (with link to page) Views in 2014
1) Home Page – main home page, with the latest articles 24,650
2) Songs & Songbooks – from around the web 14,868
3) Very, Very, Very Basic Understanding of Music for Absolute Beginners – Chris’ introductory guide to music theory 1,851
4) Transposing Tool – PLUC’s Circle of Fifths 1,655
5) About Us – info about our free weekly strumming sessions 811
6) PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord (3) – ways to put chord charts on your songsheets 758
7) Joe Brown – The Ukulele Album – details & play tracks from his official YouTube channel 619
8) Find Us – where we play, directions & customised TfL Journey Planner 546
9) PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord (1) – chord charts & circle of fifths 494
10) PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord (4) – Uncle Rod’s chord self-assessment, ukulele boot camp & disposable song-learning method 435

For those of you in or near London, we hold free weekly jamming sessions in Lewisham & welcome folk of all levels. We’re back at The Lewis Club on Tue 6 Jan 2015. Hope to see our regulars, past members & some new folk there!

Jeanette

WordPress Stats Reports: 2014 – 53,00 hits; 2013  – 40,000 hits; 2012 – 17,000 hits (website redesign & relaunch by Jeanette – June 2012); 2011 – 2,100 hits.

 

 

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