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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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Radders’ Christmas Message

Ukulele Christmas - Ballard C Boyd's first Xmas album

Ballard C Boyd’s first Xmas album

A number of years ago I came across a link to a homemade Christmas album A Ukulele Christmas 2005 by a chap called Ballard C Boyd. He is a director / singer-songwriter.

The album was free to download. The inspiration behind this idea was to record himself singing festive songs – some penned by himself or pastiches of existing tunes – and make a Christmas present for his family and friends. He has subsequently kept this tradition, producing a further nine short albums. The 2014 one is called Pretty Paper.

Anyone at PLUC and beyond with a hint of Christmas cheer, go and listen to his Christmas albums. There’s a taster for you below.

If you don’t yet have a uke (and don’t get one for Xmas!), perhaps this will inspire you to buy one and join a local ukulele group.

Happy Christmas and New Year.

Radders  x

 

 

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PLUC Weekend Workout

The Justinguitar Interval Ear Trainer

The Justinguitar Interval Ear Trainer

Justinguitar has a section for ukulele lessons & also some good ear training resources. There’s a detailed page with a number of video lessons which take you through a structured way of looking at the topic or you can just jump straight into the on-line app to test yourself & see how well you can recognise musical intervals.

Do also have a look at the other music theory topics down the left hand side of the page, which include transcribing, scales, arpeggios, chords & rhythm.

 

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Christmas Strumalong 2014

As usual, our final club night of the year was the annual Christmas Strumalong at the Jolly Farmers pub. This time, group members included Andrew, Bob, Chris K, Christina K, Colin, Dan, Ed, Jeanette, Liz, Maria, Rufus, Simon, Steve H, Steve J & Tina.  We entertained the football-watching crowd with a number of our favourite tunes. And some Xmas ones as well.

We were sorry not to see several of our regulars who couldn’t join us this evening – such as Chris, Jos, Kev & Shelia – so wish them all a very Merry Xmas & Happy New Year.

 

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Ding Dong Ukuleles On High

Deck Your Uke For Xmas - see how at The Instructables website

Deck Your Uke For Xmas – see how at The Instructables website

At this time of year, some folk rejoice in the sound of Christmas tunes gaily ringing out from every store & the rest of us do our best to avoid even going to the shops from mid-October, when the Xmas season now appears to start!

In case you are looking for an excuse to get out your uke in the bleak midwinter, Jacqueline has noticed there is a Ukulele Carol Jam – Fri 19 Dec 2014  at The Hill Station (Telegraph Hill, Kitto Road SE14 5TW) as part of their Friendly Friday series of community events. Hosted by Sheridan James (aka the Uke Playing Rev, from St Catherine’s Church, New Cross), there are two sessions – the Kids’ Jam from 4pm – 6pm for 4 – 12 year olds & a second one for 12+ & adults, 7.30pm onwards. Contact The Hill Station Cafe for more details.

If you fancy rocking around the Christmas tree, our annual PLUC Xmas Strumalong for past & present members is happening on Tue 16 Dec 2014.

And if you’d like some further festive open strumming sessions instead of having a silent night, for a good round-up of London’s uke clubs & events see The Mighty Ukulele listings pages and monthly mailshot for where you can jingle your bells. Or go out for a pizza instead (deep pan, crisp & even).

Mele Kalikimake.

Jeanette

 

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