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As it’s Father’s Day, here’s Ken Middleton & Alex Holmes with their arrangement of Father & Son by Cat Stevens:

 

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PLUC Weekend Workout

Here’s a fascinating stop-frame animated YouTube from Vi Hart talking about how musical notes are made up of different frequencies. It uses an unfretted instrument (viola) to show how you can work out where along the fingerboard the different notes appear, so you can see how this translates to the uke & why the frets are where they are.

Towards the end, it also explains how our ears are not only really good at distinguishing between lots of different sounds occurring at the same time & working out that you can hear a piece of music, car horn & your mobile ring tone all at once, but ‘fills in the gaps’ where some of the frequencies are missing. So that’s why we sometimes say we can play chords & leave out certain notes & it doesn’t matter (as the ears compensate) or that it can be pleasant when people in the group play slightly different inversions of the chords, to complete the full range of what the ears expect to hear.

Enjoy watching & then maybe follow it up with looking at our Very, Very, Very Basic Understanding of Music for Absolute Beginners & other Weekend Workout or music theory posts. Hopefully that will help make things hang together more easily if you’re still fairly new to the theory side or find it a little daunting.

 

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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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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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Posted by on February 15, 2015 in Members' Items, PLUC - Songs We Play

 

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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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