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Ukulele Melee 2016



Schedule Draft

12-1 Open Mic: kiyoshi’s band(12-12:15), String Jam(12:15-12:30), Jeff, Elisabeth, Caroline, Rick, Fun Strum Along with Danno

1-1:45Workshops: Troubleshooting (TJ), Latin Uke (Rich), Rock and Roll Uke (Jeff), Ukulele Tech (Jerry) 

1:45- 2:45 Open Mic: 1920s Strum Along, Kemp's Jig, Rick, Tracy, Molly and Dan, Art, Rock and Roll Workshop performers

2:45-3:15 Well Tempered Ukes Performance

3:15-4:00 Workshops: Blues Jam (TJ), Syncopated Strumming (Chuck), Pop Uke (Rich), Beginner Uke (Melissa), 

4:00-5:00 TJ Wheeler!!


All Open Mic performers will need to be back stage and ready to go on immediately to save time. One song each please, and songs need to be reasonable in length allowing for all to participate. There are five stage crew kids to help with set up and break down. 

The Cutler parent group will be selling some food and water during the event. 

Workshops

Trouble shooting ...What's holding you back from being the next Jake Shimabukuro?- led by TJ Wheeler: Tj will tackle all questions on everything you wanted to know about Ukulele playing but were afraid to ask. Topics can include how to develop as a triple threat Ukeist i.e. 1:Solo (how to be a unaccompanied 4 string orchestra ) Ensemble playing ( 2: Rhythm comping, 3: soloing... how to be an amusing muse to your fellow players) PLUS The Blues... 3 chords, 6 notes and a Ukulele gig bag of tricks! ) Bring your questions as well as your Uke!

Ukulele Blues Jam up & Jelly tight - led by TJ Wheeler: Tj will lead an informal Blues song Jam for all comers. 8 bars, 12 bars, & 16 bars (If were not shut off after all those bars we'll have an old fashion Blues Throwdown.) No matter what level your at join in and have some fun. The worst thing that can happen is you might learn something. Blues styles from the Delta, Jug Band style, Hokum, and much more!

Ukulele Tech: Software for the Ukulele Player. The World Wide Web contains a wealth of song and chord/lyric sheets contained in PDF, text with chords, and ChordPro files. We'll begin by reviewing these formats and then look at free software to put together and maintain songbooks and directories of songs. Some programs transfer a song from one format to another. Other programs transpose a song with a simple key press. The focus will be on Windows/Android software, but most programs have iOS/Mac versions or equivalents

Pop Tunes: We will look at the basic structure of pop tunes, and discuss how to translate that into a more engaging rendition on the ukulele – particularly how to incorporate “the hook” into your playing to make it more catchy. We will look at a few examples, but will spend the most time looking at Ms. Swift’s “Shake It Off,” since it is a stellar example of a tightly written pop tune.

Latin Tunes: This is a wide ranging topic, so we will focus primarily on Afro-Cuban music and its descendants (i.e. Salsa). We will also look at how it has spilled over into “American” music. Son Clave, Montunos, chord structures, the whole shebang. ¡Azúcar!

Rock and Roll Ukulele! - led by Jeff Bellin 
Rock and roll ukulele is not so much about technique as it is about an attitude. This workshop is about shedding inhibitions and letting your inner rock and roller out. We'll take a couple of tunes and learn how to get the rock and roll feel and sound out of you and your ukulele. Songs to be determined, but one of them is likely to be “So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star.” If we're feeling confident, our work could lead to a performance of the songs later on in the day. 
This workshop is for advanced beginners and higher. Knowledge of basic chords and strumming is a prerequisite. Ability to sing and/or sing harmony will be helpful, but not a requirement.

Beginner Workshop: This workshop is for the many people who have thought about learning the ukulele, but haven't had the time or opportunity. You will be surprised by how much fun it is and how easily you can learn a song! I have about ten ukuleles and some willing volunteers to teach some basic chords and a basic strum. If you have your own ukulele, bring it along.  The goal will be to learn a song or two and leave with some resources for further learning online. 


SYNCOPATED STRUM WORKSHOP Yes, we can have a perfectly happy uke-life just strumming down-up-down-up-down. But so many other inspired and syncopated strums make  the right hand’s job all the more fun. Join Chuck Goldstone, strumster and 1920’s-30’s uke-enthusias, and learn a few strums that make you sound good, and sometimes look really cool. We’ll learn the George Formby Split Stroke, the Triple, the Four-Finger-Roll, and a couple of strums made popular by the likes of Roy Smeck, Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, and the contemporary Ukulele Uff (no relation). Be prepared to astound yourself.

Ukulele Flea Market: Stewart

We will have a UUOB UKULELE STUFF  table again at this year's Melee. Proceeds will be used for the small Melee'e expenses and to support future events. Please bring a donation of precious and not so precious ukulele items for sale at our table. Like: Instructional Video , sheet music, CDs, tuners, strings, ukuleles, amps, t-shirts etc.

If you would like to sell one of your ukuleles, we will provide space for you. In exchange, we would like 10% of your sale for the UUoB fund.

Recycle those items you have in a drawer.

Come by the table and BUY more ukulele STUFF cheap!

Ukulele items ONLY please as our space will be limited. Contact Stewart for details.


Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2544249

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  • Jeff B.

    Well, THAT was fun! Thanks to all! I didn't realize that Richard Purlmutter in the Well-Tempered Ukulele group is the man behind the CD Beethoven's Wig. If you're not familiar, get it out of the library or buy it.

    1 · June 11

    • danno

      Oh, I didn't know that either! Listened to that 100 times with the childrens.

      June 13

  • Wes N.

    So sorry I missed the Melee. I got sick at the last minute. I hope to make it next year!

    June 12

  • Chuck G.

    My schedule has not allowed me to attend any of the Thursday meet-ups during the past year, so this was like therapy, an invigoration. It was so nice to be able to come by for a few hours and see old uke-friends and strum-with-others. Melissa did a spectacular job organizing the event. The community of Hamilton could not have been friendlier and more accommodating. My thanks to the gaggle of people who came to my 20's syncopated workshop. Keep practicing!

    1 · June 12

  • Molly Lynn W.

    It was my first Melee and I loved it, I was too late for the first session and sad to miss folks performing, but our tire had a blow out and we had to get a new tire, that said it was super fun, the kids were terrific as was melissa (I hope that is the correct name for their teacher who was helpful and good to all of us and very clear, loved each session Kioshi's palm tree, the kids scenery, the mix of ages, Jerry's software, TJ's blues, the seasoned ukes, incorrect name, all terrific and Felix and TJ, what a treasure... I hope we can hold it in a school with kids next year too, the Cutler School was very hospitable and I like the two items I bought at the meet-up, mostly I liked seeing and playing with friends again...

    2 · June 12

  • danno

    Looks like big fun tomorrow. Can't wait!

    June 10

    • Nancy A. M.

      I had a private one too -- Wish I could have joined the fun yesterday -- Ah! work and earning a living...Jeff, I especially regret missing your workshop, I am ready to explore my inner rock and roll...

      June 12

    • Jeff B.

      Well, Danno DID show up, but I didn't see too much of him. Danno, did you stay until the end? People seemed to have loved the Rock and Roll Workshop. Many of us performed later and got a great response!

      June 12

  • Peter M.

    great!

    1 · June 12

  • Frank

    Thanks to all of this year's organizers. You really did a great job!

    1 · June 11

  • Corinne

    Already reviewed

    June 11

  • Joan B.

    Thanks to Melissa and all the other organizers for a terrific afternoon of music. I had a great time.

    2 · June 11

  • Jeff B.

    Will there be music stands provided, or do we all need to bring our own?

    June 10

    • danno

      Laps!

      June 10

    • Jeff B.

      In the pool or on the track? And how many?

      June 11

  • Jeff B.

    One thought, Melissa, is to have each segment end 5 minutes earlier so that each attendee (and workshop leader) can start the next segment on time. For example, the noon segment should end no later than 12:55. The 1pm workshop should end at 1:40pm, etc. There's no way that a workshop can end at 1:45 and have the next one start at 1:45. It's annoying to not have that bit of space between segments. It has people either stressed or wandering in after the start.

    June 10

    • Melissa G.

      I know. I've been thinking about leaving the five minute transition time by cutting the workshops to 40 minutes. I'll have a program for people at the door tomorrow with the final draft. I keep having to change things, so the final draft keeps getting finalized again. :)

      1 · June 10

    • Jeff B.

      You will either need to have the first Open Mic end at 12:55 or have the first workshop session start at 1:05 and go to 1:45. As it is, by the time people get settled, it ends up being a 30 minute workshop, which isn't great. My plan to do 2 songs will probably end up as only one.

      June 10

  • Melissa G.

    How about Open Mic? Who is interested in performing for the Open Mic portion of our Ukulele Melee? Open Mic is my favorite part of the Melee. I love seeing everyone and hearing everyone's favorite songs. Please let me know in the next month, if you are interested in performing. I will make a list and a schedule.

    February 24, 2016

    • Wes N.

      Melissa, I'd like to do a solo tune if possible. Thanks for organizing!

      June 10

    • Melissa G.

      There may be time at the end of the second Open Mic.

      June 10

  • Zack N.

    how do I sign up for the open mics?

    June 10

  • Tracey

    Sorry, i will not be able to make it, i won't be able to leave until noon. It is almost 2 hours to get there from RI...Wish this was closer

    June 10

  • Paula Van G.

    Hate to miss a Melee, but I'm playing Arlington Porchfest. Hope to see you soon.

    June 5

    • Jeff B.

      Too bad to have competing events. Enjoy the Porch Fest.

      June 6

    • Jerry D.

      You have my sympathy! I'm spared mostly because I'm in the Heights rather than East Arlington, so I wouldn't be hosting one. Although, I'm guessing that it would be easy to find a porch to join if there were no Melee. Maybe next year?

      June 6

  • Nancy A. M.

    About traffic: I attempted to go to The Ice Cream Social in Salem yesterday. Route 128 was a DISASTER and I had to turn around and go home. BUMMER! I live in Tyngsboro and I am starting out @ 9:30 next Saturday morning. I will bring a book...

    June 5

    • Melissa G.

      I travel down and back to Woburn most Saturdays on 128N, and you can run into beach traffic, but if you are patient it moves. Most of the time, it's not too bad. The train does go right to Hamilton, and the school is a half mile down Asbury St from the center.

      June 5

    • Melissa G.

      Leaving early is also a good idea. :)

      June 5

  • Chelsea

    I'm coming to this from Medford. Is anyone driving up from my area? Let me know!

    June 4

  • Rich

    Couple workshop logistics questions:
    - How many copies of handouts should I bring?
    - Am I correct to assume that the workshop will be held in a classroom, and will therefore have a whiteboard?

    May 31

    • Melissa G.

      Hi Rich, one workshop will be in the gallery, one in the student library, and two in classrooms. If you need a whiteboard, I will try to put you in one of the classrooms. I know the tech workshop will need one too. The handout issue is one I'm not sure of either. However, the classrooms will have about 25 chairs each, if that helps.

      June 1

  • Stewart C.

    We will have a UUOB UKULELE STUFF table again at this year's Melee. Proceeds will be used for the small Melee'e expenses and to support future events. Please bring a donation of precious and not so precious ukulele items for sale at our table. Like: Instructional Video , sheet music, CDs, tuners, strings, ukuleles, amps, t-shirts etc.

    If you would like to sell one of your ukuleles, we will provide space for you. In exchange, we would like 10% of your sale for the UUoB fund.

    Recycle those items you have in a drawer.

    Come by the table and BUY more ukulele STUFF cheap!

    Ukulele items ONLY please as our space will be limited. Contact Stewart for details.

    May 31

    • Rich

      Maybe we should do a UUOB nude calendar for next year... It'll sell like hot cakes!

      May 31

    • Jeff B.

      Or perhaps like "hot cheeks"?

      May 31

  • Gary N.

    Would anyone know when tickets for the Ukulele Melee go on sale?

    May 16

  • Arthur (Art) M.

    I'd love to see a session dedicated to instrumental ukulele ensemble work. Thee or four part music...no vocals. Perhaps work on a very short classical or old time traditional multi-part number. How about future instrumental ukulele duets, trios, quartets, ensembles, or even an orchestra.

    2 · February 9, 2016

    • Arthur (Art) M.

      Lissa? Were you able to get the music? Can I add you to the list of performers for this number? Lots of time and I'm available for individual help.

      April 28

    • Arthur (Art) M.

      Lissa? Did you get the music? Can I put you down for a part?

      April 28

  • Arthur (Art) M.

    “Kemp's Jig.” Jeff B, Jeff W, Kiyoshi, Melissa, Elizabeth, Gary, Frank, Art. How about practice in May? I'm available weekends. Would everyone please provide dates, times and location for practice? I'm hoping I can select a couple of times when we can get together. It's not absolutely necessary for everyone to be present at a practice. Jeff W, Gary and I practiced a couple of times after the Danver's Northshore Meetups. Go ahead and use my email address if you don't want to clutter up the Meetup website...guit (at) hotmail (.) com . My home is available here in Methuen but I'm assuming everyone is closer to the Boston area. Any good parks with shelters of gazebos down in that area? Also...on Melee date, it looks like we will be performing somewhere in the 1:45 to 2:45 slot. Is there a chance we can run through the piece prior to the open mic?

    April 28

  • Nancy A. M.

    I especially like the orchestra idea -- wouldn't that be something!

    April 27

  • Arthur (Art) M.

    Lots of information here. Getting difficult keeping track of all the details...I know I've certainly added my share. Are we performing on a stage, lecture hall, open room, etc? PA system with mics and amps or totally acoustic? Earlier, I requested a spot in open mic but did not see my name in the performance list I just found. Any chance of still getting in? I'd like to do a couple of classical ukulele pieces and could probably keep time to about 4 minutes. Thanks everyone for your dedication and hard work.

    April 19

    • Melissa G.

      I will add your name. We will find the time. :) There is a stage with two microphones and mounted speakers on either side of the stage. If we need more, someone will need to bring more. I have a small speaker and a plug in microphone of my own as well. I can post a picture of the stage next week, if that helps.

      April 19

    • Arthur (Art) M.

      Sounds like a good setup. Thanks.

      April 19

  • Jeff B.

    I think you're going to need to plan for more per song, Melissa. Some songs are longer than 2 minutes. Plus there's time for each person to get set up, plug in if necessary, banter or space between each song, audience applause, etc. If you are really that strict in the time allotment, I think you're going to be behind the proverbial 8-ball from the start. We're only setting ourselves up for failure from the start. I can tell you that the open mic at Gulu-Gulu in Salem is 2 songs or 10 minutes. A 2-song max would be fine, but I don't think there's any way that most players would be able to do that in 4 minutes.

    April 17

    • Melissa G.

      I don't think it should be any longer than five hours either.

      April 17

    • Jeff B.

      Right, so we're going to need to figure out how to make sure the time works. 4 minutes for 2 songs won't.

      April 17

  • Rich

    OK, the ballots are in. I will give the following workshops:

    1. Pop Tunes: We will look at the basic structure of pop tunes, and discuss how to translate that into a more engaging rendition on the ukulele – particularly how to incorporate “the hook” into your playing to make it more catchy. We will look at a few examples, but will spend the most time looking at Ms. Swift’s “Shake It Off,” since it is a stellar example of a tightly written pop tune.

    2. Latin Tunes: This is a wide ranging topic, so we will focus primarily on Afro-Cuban music and its descendants (i.e. Salsa). We will also look at how it has spilled over into “American” music. Son Clave, Montunos, chord structures, the whole shebang. ¡Azúcar!

    2 · April 10

    • Melissa G.

      Okay

      April 12

    • Melissa G.

      Thanks

      April 17

  • Rich

    Giving a bit more thought to instructional sessions, I would be interested in doing a couple on specific genres - showing various elements that are specific to that type of music. I would use specific examples, but my goal would be to give "big picture" insight into how to play the genre rather than focus on a particular tune.

    I can pretty much do anything but these were the top contenders in my mind:

    1. Pop (for the youngs)
    2. Latin (probably Afro-Cuban, but we could do Brazilian or other styles)
    3. Jazz (straight ahead - nothing too esoteric)
    4. Blues (not just 12 bar)

    Let me know which two interest you.

    April 9

    • kiyoshi

      This would be sold out with old guys like myself. Would she be there?

      April 9

    • Corinne

      I would be interested in Latin and blues. I am a beginner, though, and any and all instruction is welcome. I'll keep on practicing until (and after) the melee, but specific strumming demonstration seems like it would really be helpful. Also, any additional techniques for switching chords quickly would also be welcome.

      April 9

  • Arthur (Art) M.

    I have an out-of-state friend who is interested in attending. Is there an official poster for the melee that includes consolidated information such as date, time, location, cost, workshops, itinerary, etc. I'd like to send him something with most info so he doesn't have to dig deep into Meet-Up and Facebook. Thanks

    April 9

    • Arthur (Art) M.

      Yes, It's not really workshop material. I'd like to see it as an open mic performance. Would like to have a couple of rehearsals prior to the event date and maybe and a quick run-through during the afternoon prior to start of open mic. Don't think it is critical to have everyone present at rehearsals...but would be nice. Any suggestions for practice dates/times? Mid to later May and perhaps one in he first week of June.

      April 9

    • Melissa G.

      Sure, I'll be finished with my class by then. My kids have a performance on one of those weekends, but we will figure it out. The question is where. I am available on weekends only, but I would love to get together and practice a few times. I bet we could also use Skype to practice too, if need be.

      April 9

  • rick m.

    Hey, sign me up for open mic please. Thanks to all you organizers.

    1 · February 29

    • Melissa G.

      I have you down for the open mic. I'm sorry if I didn't respond. I am going to make a list for everyone to confirm what they are doing. I'll be posting it above, soon.

      March 16

  • rick m.

    Yes, please do, thanks Kiyoshi.

    March 16

  • kiyoshi

    It need to have lighter side conversations started here before scaring the new members away from the Melee with all those Paganini (highly technical) like topics. Is there something for the beginners, first timers, kids or grandpas?

    1 · February 15, 2016

    • Rich

      Good point, Kiyoshi. I assume that we will have many more kids than we have had in the past. I will come up with a more pop oriented topic.

      February 15, 2016

    • Melissa G.

      That would be great! My String Jam solo group will be learning melodies and chord combinations for some popular tunes this term. A few could help you. I am planning to run a beginner group for the parents, teachers and newcomers who are just interested in trying out the uke. I was going to teach them a couple of easy two or three chord songs.

      February 15, 2016

  • Melissa G.

    It looks like we have Jeff(rock and roll), me(beginner/pop), Danno, Art(orchestral ensemble), Chuck (1920/strums), and possibly Rich(instrumental group). That is five or six so far. :) If there is anyone else interested in running a workshop or ensemble, let me know. Since we will need multi-level and multi-interest workshops, we are open to a variety of possibilities. If you are excited about the music, everyone else will be too.

    February 15, 2016

  • Jeff B.

    In the past, we had two break-out sessions. One was a pure educational session, while the other was geared toward a performance later in the day. So with regard to the instrumental session, what do you want this geared toward?

    February 11, 2016

    • Jeff B.

      You were at previous Melees, right, Melissa? We had two "periods" or blocks. One block was devoted to performance classes, the other to technique. Later in the afternoon, all the performance classes got to perform. It's fine to let each performer decide, particularly if we don't get many offers from instructors, but it was nice when we had that one block of classes devoted to performing a song in a particular song style.

      February 11, 2016

    • Melissa G.

      I agree.

      February 15, 2016

  • Melissa G.

    Also, please let me know if you are interested in performing for the open microphone portion. All are welcome to share. Just let me know, so that I can plan the times.

    February 15, 2016

  • Melissa G.

    Since I want to work on the ensemble and run a workshop, why don't we run easier workshops earlier in the day, 1-1:45. Then, we could have two or three more challenging workshops later in the day, 2:30-3:15. Then, a couple of group performances would follow. :) I will need one or two people who are not doing the orchestral group to run something a little more challenging at that time.

    February 15, 2016

  • Rich

    Any interest in a class on arranging instrumentals?

    February 10, 2016

    • Rich

      I was thinking more along the lines of solo arrangements for people looking to expand their horizons from strum and sing.

      February 11, 2016

    • Melissa G.

      I usually encourage my kids to team up, one playing the melody and one playing the chords. They love that. It would also be neat to have more challenging solo arrangements. Either is great. People need to teach what they are passionate about, so that they offer the most enthusiasm for the learners.

      February 11, 2016

  • Rich

    Too soon to know if I will be in town, but I'll put my thinking cap on and come up with an educational topic or two.

    1 · February 9, 2016

    • Melissa G.

      I appreciate anything you can do. :)

      February 9, 2016

  • Jeff B.

    Melissa, I could do a rock and roll workshop. Jeff

    1 · February 7, 2016

    • Melissa G.

      That sound great! Thanks Jeff. :)

      February 7, 2016

  • Chuck G.

    Nice to see the Melee will rear its head.... It does not look like I can get too involved, but would be happy to teach either/both of the following.... (1) 1920's music ...(2) Formby and other syncopated strums..... let me know if anyone is interested... reach me at [masked]

    1 · February 7, 2016

    • Melissa G.

      Oooooh, George Formby strums! That sounds exciting! I'm sure people will love it I will keep you posted. Thanks!

      February 7, 2016

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