Song list! Download-n-print: http://files.meetup.com/1634379/uuob%202013-07-18.pdf (and addendum: http://files.meetup.com/1634379/uuob%202013-07-18%20addendum.pdf)
Video playlist to get familiar with the songs is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRm7j2UL3YY&list=PLdjT2SFaS40EGj74WPZvamGI1V10uAWWt
Come early for food!
The Burren back room will be our location for this evening. Plenty of parking in two public city parking lots behind the venue
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I really enjoyed the group, the music and the food! I'm excited to be able to join you all on Thursday. Danno, you are a great leader. I'm sure the Fleas will be proud.
0 · July 22, 2013
Excellent tunes and arrangements, and well orchestrated by Danno...could use some sound reinforcement for whomever is leading the song in this loud space.
1 · July 20, 2013
From the above Youtube videos: Little Eva - Locomotion - Key of "Eb" Eddie Cochrane - Summertime Blues - Key of "E" Cab Calloway - Minnie the Moocher - "Em" Dr. Hook - Cover of the Rolling Stone - "A"
0 · July 17, 2013
Beware though--most of our uke versions are NOT in the same keys as the recordings. (Song sheets are up now: http://files.meetup.c...)
And why is that? I think that most people will find that playing in other keys is not as hard as they expect. Perhaps we should have at least one "odd" key tune at every meet, IMHO.
1 · July 17, 2013
And why is that? 1-Ease of playing. e.g. on ukulele, most find "C" easier than Eb. On acoustic guitar, "G' is the most popular key. 2-vocal range - most have limited range that they can comfortably sing...there is usually an ideal key for ones voice. It would appear that MOST key selection choices for ukulele chords found on the internet are made with ease of playing in mind. There is a good discussion of this issue on page 9 of "The Daily Ukulele" songbook. (Not sure if Danno has any more copies).
0 · July 19, 2013
Kevin, I understand why everyone thinks they need to do it, but all the reasons are really BS. Playing different keys on fretted instruments is actually much simpler than on a piano or clarinet... and there is not much of a difference in singing in the key of E and the key of F (or Eb). Most people are afraid of other keys because they are continuously told that certain keys are "harder." We are stifling everyone's growth by perpetuating unjustified fear.
Rich - been performing for more than 30 years, and I stand by both reasons 100%, absolutely no BS.
btw, I will sometimes TRY all 12 possible keys to find the ideal key for my voice. Then I need to balance how much extra rehearsal time might be required to play a song in a less familiar key, e.g. "F#." I wouldn't say F# is a more difficult key, because physically speaking, (for me), on ukulele it is not; but if I am not used to that key, I'll need many more repetitions to get a song up to speed, mistake free, and therefore ready for performance.
1 · July 19, 2013
I always encourage people to play along with real music, as in any of the hit versions of "The Locomotion." Little Eva, (60's), Grand Funk, (70's), and Kyle Minogue, (80's?). They all play it in Eb. So transposing from "C:" C=Eb F=Ab G=Bb Dm=Fm
I am skeptical that we are stifling anyones growth.
I appreciate your experience... But I have quite a bit myself. I stand by my statement. We are not doing anyone any favors by changing the key of every song to some other key that is supposed to be easier... or doesn't contain that "scary" E major chord.
For reference, I typically sing in multiple keys - within the same song! (the good thing about a big noisy room was - nobody could hear me play/sing)
2 · July 20, 2013
When you can manage to sing in multiple keys simultaneously, we can take the show on the road.
Kevin and Rich, I think you are both right. For me, it depends on the song. I sometimes prefer keys that A) I can sing in (I use the term lightly) but often B) a key I find it easy to "play around with" on the uke for that particular song and my particular ability (another loose term). And (C) I often prefer to play in the song's original key, to teach myself the chords by ear or play along w/ the artist(s). It's all good and I totally agree we need to keep learning-- most of all, enjoy playing. Thank you both for an interesting thread. Opened that can of earworms, didn't you Danno...
0 · July 20, 2013
Raucous Guinness drinkin' good time! Thanks Danno... Wonderful job.
Yes! We may want to ask to use the PA, if we go back.
what? you didn't think I handled that well?
we LOVE the Stacey treatment! Maybe next time bring a whip and a chair. :o)
Cat o'nine tails too, next time.
Be careful what you wish for, Bellin.
Loved Kim's bang bang of Maxwell's silver hammer with her mini tambourine.
2 · July 19, 2013
Fun! Danno, Charlie, Walt: I think my Guinness ended up on your tab-- I owe you guys a beer! Great night--room was loud as the Dickens, tho (but fun as the Wodehouse)!!
Arrgh-took a terrible migraine today and I am unable to come to play and meet you all. I'm so disappointed....
0 · July 18, 2013
Any thoughts on parking?
I am told that there are two public lots behind the Burren and metered on-street in the general area
yes, and the meters are active until 8pm
Parking one block off Davis on what I believe is Dover street. Then Parking at the Rite Aid lot at the corner of Grove and Highland. Then street meters, but if you go too many streets over its sticker residents. For Cambridge residents you can head towards MA Ave a few blocks and your sticker is good - a short walk.
and parking meters on grove between elm and highland
there's a parking lot on Herbert st here http://goo.gl/maps/JN... and Grove st next to the rite-aid here http://goo.gl/maps/T5... Both have those pay kiosk things that print a receipt to put in your window. Be aware that on-street meters and the pay lots go until 8 or 10pm, make sure you check the signs or you'll get ticketed.
doh! I forgot my uke at home today and doesn't look like I'll have enough time to go get it and make it to the burren. I'd probably be late as it is. Have fun!
Meagan, I can bring an extra if that would help. If you see this in time, assume that there will be a uke for you to play.
Have not been to a UUOB meetup yet. What happens? Do we have a song list?
0 · June 3, 2013
What happens? Think insane bacchanal with blood sacrifice, and you might get a sense of what goes on at these things. You may want to reconsider...
Ok, count me out.
0 · June 4, 2013
Jean: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain :o) We usually publish a list in the More, Files section of this site before each meeting. or at a minimum, we bring copies.
Thanks for the information Charlie. I was going to come anyway and bring my AK-47 ukulele.
Rich is partial to leather over lead... Bring the whip instead.
1 · June 5, 2013
Hi, Jean: song list is here (and we'll post song sheets soon, or get them at the meeting): http://www.youtube.co...
0 · July 16, 2013
so THAT's where "Collegiate" comes from!
1 · July 16, 2013
No. I'm pretty sure "Collegiate" comes from the sixth circle of Hell.
Great selections, Danno.. Chico is now my new hero!
Linda, I think "Collegiate" was already an old song by the time Chico got it! It's also used as background music when Harpo enters in "Animal Crackers," about two years earlier.
Aww, that's one of my favorite Chico numbers -- I love to watch his face while he's playing. Love this one too: http://www.youtube.co...
Hmm, maybe we need a "Songs of the Marx Brothers" night. I know Groucho used to brag that theirs was the only Broadway show that had an Irving Berlin song that failed to become a hit. 90 years later, maybe we could turn that around.
2 · July 18, 2013
Hurray for Captain Spaulding!
By the way, has anyone seen Lydia?
Hi Jean, since you have never been before you should know its customary that you have to buy beer for anyone with a moniker that begins with the letter S.....
1 · July 18, 2013
Annotated version of Maxwell's Silver Hammer, with handy counting info: http://files.meetup.com/1634379/maxwell%27s%20silver%20hammer%20annotated.pdf
What should I be bringing (besides the uke of course)? Is there a play list somewhere on the site?
0 · June 30, 2013
We usually develop a play list in advance of the day and publish it to the Meetup files section and we try to bring hard copies. So just bring your uke and your smillin' face.
(playlist here: http://www.meetup.com...)
Any song choices yet? only 80 hours until jamming!
0 · July 15, 2013
(song sheets: http://www.meetup.com...)
Ok, somebody clue me in on what homework I should do. Saw the video, and googled these chords:
But Im wondering if the right chords/key/etc. Maybe too much work - will just show up and let the old timers show me the light.....
Yes, follow your own advice! Most of the songs sheets are up now (http://files.meetup.c...), but that particular one is being provided by someone else. We usually manage to get through these songs, one way or another.
GREAT, thanks! (sorry, just wasnt finding the links and still trying to get the hang of meetup site).
Funny, last week was trying to learn the intro licks to Amie - found some guitar direction, but does anyone have a document guiding through the introduction on ukulele? Its a fun intro....
Hi Snarl - The tab and the Youtube video are both in "G." "Bumcivilian" did a good job of tabbing; some of the "D" chords come in slightly earlier than tabbed. So, right chords, right key, very nearly 100% correct.
I tabbed it out a couple years ago: http://files.meetup.c...
awesome Rich, thanks! Aiyaiyai, I can see already that this group is going to push me along.... its educational to see the tabs lined up with traditional music - I may learn something!
Rich, I forgot about that--thanks for the reminder.
Rich's intro to Aime is included in the Addendum packet, http://files.meetup.c... (Rich, I hope you'll walk us through it!)
i think we are supposed to boycott the cover of the rolling stone.
The RS Cover is an insult to humanity! Why they're giving this criminal face-time is beyond me!
really?? Why? "How he became a monster" is a boycottable headline? I mean, was he born that way? He had been a promising student. What happened along the way? Isn't that a worthy thing to ponder? And BTW, Timothy McVeigh made the cover of Time Magazine. Anyone here boycott that? Just saying.
The article is fine... The cover is not. Time is a news magazine. Rolling Stone is a celebrity magazine. Apples and oranges, dude. This is not the forum for such a discussion, so this is the last I will contribute to the topic here.
Actually Rolling Stone has been practicing some serious journalism for many years in addition to their performing arts stuff. Mike Taibbi one of the best and one of the most prominent writers practicing real, investigative journalism in America. His articles investigating Wall Street, among other subjects, are amazing reads. Just Google his name.
But it's probably best we keep this site limited to enjoying the ukulele and other related subjects.
Matt Taibbi. I agree that he is excellent.
Oops. yes. Matt IS excellent. His Dad is Mike, a former reporter for WCVB.
rats, I can't make it after all! Have fun. Hope to make another event soon!
Song list now available to download-n-print: http://files.meetup.com/1634379/uuob%202013-07-18.pdf
*Great* songs! Can't wait... we may max out the room capacity at this rate.
two newbie users :)
1 · July 15, 2013
"ukers" lol - but we are addicted!
Susanna from the Jumping Flea Circus of Los Angeles
That's one heck of a commute for a two hour meetup
Welcome, Susanna--glad you're here!
Oh, Susanna. Oh won't you play for me. You come from Califawnia with a ukulele on your knee.
Ukulele Melee was fun! Did the kids learn "I Got the Beat" that day?
0 · June 18, 2013
No. They came pre-programmed
2 · June 18, 2013
We should try that song!
New to the club-whats the SOP for these events?
0 · June 29, 2013
Ukulele Union of Boston Meetup SOP: Music starts @ 19:00 hrs. ends at 21:00 hrs. Come, play music, sing, laugh, smile, learn. I challenge you not to! Come early and patronize the establishment for their hospitality. Bring $5 for the kitty. See you there.
1 · June 29, 2013
I accept that challenge!
1 · June 30, 2013
Elisabeth, we'll post songs for the night here soon and you can print out song sheets to practice, or just grab them at the meeting.
Video playlist here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRm7j2UL3YY&list=PLdjT2SFaS40EGj74WPZvamGI1V10uAWWt
Song sheets coming soon!
How many can fit comfortably in the room in which we'll play?
0 · July 13, 2013
The back room is huge. If everyone is seated in folding chairs I'd put it at about 100.
1 · July 14, 2013
Good to know.
0 · July 14, 2013
Looking forward to Thursday evening. Glad the weather allowed for the party; I am in Maine or I'd be there too.
Love the Burren, my old 'hood'. Looking forward to my first UUoB Meetup!
1 · July 7, 2013
I'll be making sure they pour the Guinness correctly
1 · June 26, 2013
Wendy: Please do come but leave the awe home-:) You can sit next to me, I just start a year ago...I make lots of mistakes but I just keep on strummin'
1 · June 25, 2013
Why doesn't anyone ever want to sit next to me?
0 · June 25, 2013
let me count the ways....
Sore fingers are a badge of ukulele honor. Welcome to your new addiction.
2 · June 26, 2013
No, she's counting on her fingers. aparently Rich's reputation is, well, you know.
0 · June 26, 2013
Rich's reputation is hard earned and well deserved!
Finally @ the Burren, yay!
0 · June 9, 2013
Sounds good. Nancy
Yay! I'm psyched that this one is in my 'hood!
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