What we're about

This group is for ukulele beginners who want to strum and sing along with their ukuleles. All skill levels are welcomed and at every session we play about 5 easy songs that are suitable for beginners. Each week, we try to learn 2 or 3 new songs and over time, we will learn dozens of songs that we can play and sing to. We meet once a week (weekdays) after work hours in Kensington (3 km from Melbourne CBD). Our meetups are free (donations are welcomed to help pay for our running costs).

I started this group because I believe playing music and singing are good for mental and emotional health, when done on a regular basis. Also, it's a lot of fun :) Looking forward to playing music and singing with you!

best regards, Fi

'Like' our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/melbourneukuleleco... (https://www.facebook.com/melbourneukulelecommunity/)

Further reading:

Benefits of playing a musical instrument: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-in... (http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins)

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140103-music-lessons-brain-aging-cognitive-neuroscience/

Benefits of singing: http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/16/singing-changes-your-brain/

Benefits of music: http://greatist.com/happiness/unexpected-health-benefits-music/

Upcoming events (3)

Online ukulele session - Hits from the 70s! plus strumming tutorial

It's only 70s songs tonight! Playlist can include:
Living In The 70s - Skyhooks
Blue Bayou - Linda Rondstat
Blue Moon - Sha Na Na
Close To You - The Carpenters
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Crocodile Rock - Elton John
Eagle Rock - Daddy Cool
Mamma Mia - Abba
Heart Of Gold - Neil Young
Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
I Shot The Sheriff - Bob Marley
It's A Long Way To The Top - AC/DC
Night Fever - Bee Gees
Sugarman - Rodriguez
Wild World - Cat Stevens

If you can only attend part of the session or can only join in late, feel free to do so - your entry will not disrupt the session because of the Zoom settings I have chosen.

If you know someone who wants to learn ukulele or just likes singing, do invite them to join in / observe. It's a great way to chill out.

What do I need?

- A ukulele (please tune it before starting - search Youtube for help)
- A computer/laptop/tablet - anything with a large screen to see the songsheet.
- Earphones/headphones - to get the clearest sound
- a reasonably good Internet connection

If you have a tablet, install the Zoom Cloud Meetings app
iPad tablet: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/zoom-cloud-meetings/id546505307
Android tablet: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings&hl=en_AU
Click on the link on this page and the app should launch. You don't need to be a registered user of Zoom to use it.

If you are on a laptop/computer, click on the link and you will get a pop-up that asks you download a program. Download it and install. You don't need to be a registered user of Zoom to use it.

The session is free but if you like our sessions and want to contribute to our operating expenses please make a small donation to:
Paypal: https://paypal.me/fihanafiah
OR
message me if you prefer to use the standard bank transfer method.

Fi
Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/melbourneukulelecommunity/

Blues Night! (ukulele session) plus tutorial (30-person limit)

Flemington Kensington RSL

Hi folks, this is NOT a Zoom! It's a face-to-face session :)
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The blues' chord structure is one of the foundations of jazz, rock and pop. Let's explore some blues songs tonight! Playlist includes:
The Thrill Is Gone - BB King
Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker
Sweet Home Chicago - Blues Brothers
Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters
Stormy Monday - T Bone Walker
I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
For You Blue - The Beatles
I will also do a short tutorial on the blues chord structure and the blues scale.

What to bring
Please bring your own ukulele. If you can't find one in time, I have two spare ukuleles that you can borrow for this meetup. You can reserve them by leaving a comment in the comments section below. You can bring snacks/food to the venue but no BYO drinks, please. A wide range of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks are available for purchase at very reasonable prices.

The session is free but there is a donation box if you like our sessions and want to contribute to our operating expenses.

Meeting place
Venue will be the Flemington-Kensington RSL, 25-27 Rankins Road, Kensington, VIC 3031.

How to Get There Train - From the city, catch a Craigieburn Line train and get off at Newmarket Station, which is 3 stops from Southern Cross Station or 2 stops from North Melbourne. Exit the station, walk 200 metres to Racecourse Road. Head east (away from the station) along Racecourse Road for 250 metres. Then turn right into Rankins Road. The RSL is about 100 metres down Rankins Road, on your left.

Tram - The No. 57 tram from the city to West Maribyrnong stops about 200 metres away from the RSL. Get off at stop 25 (Wellington St & Racecourse Rd). Head east along Racecourse Rd and turn right into Rankins Road. No.57 timetable (http://ptv.vic.gov.au/route/view/887)

Driving - Park along Rankins Road or Parsons Street (around the corner). If you park along Rankins Road outside the RSL, there is a 2-hour limit. But if you park further down Rankins Road (one block further), there is no limit.

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COVID19 measures
(a) According to DHHS, we must wear masks when singing indoors. https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/entertainment-and-culture
(b) We will limit numbers to 25-30 so that we can social-distance properly. For this reason, everyone shall go to the waiting list first and I will let people in gradually to manage the numbers.
(c) No need to shake hands or have physical contact with participants
(d) Please do not attend if your name is not in the RSVP list. My apologies in advance if you miss out.
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Important If you are late, please use the meetup app to send messages to me. If you can't attend at the last minute, please change your RSVP or send a message.
cheers, Fi
Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/melbourneukulelecommunity/

Online ukulele session - Blues Night Part 2! plus tutorial

Online event

The blues' chord structure is one of the foundations of jazz, rock and pop. Let's explore some blues songs tonight!
I will also do a short tutorial on the 23-bar blues chord structure and the blues scale.

If you can only attend part of the session or can only join in late, feel free to do so - your entry will not disrupt the session because of the Zoom settings I have chosen.

If you know someone who wants to learn ukulele or just likes singing, do invite them to join in / observe. It's a great way to chill out.

What do I need?

- A ukulele (please tune it before starting - search Youtube for help)
- A computer/laptop/tablet - anything with a large screen to see the songsheet.
- Earphones/headphones - to get the clearest sound
- a reasonably good Internet connection

If you have a tablet, install the Zoom Cloud Meetings app
iPad tablet: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/zoom-cloud-meetings/id546505307
Android tablet: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings&hl=en_AU
Click on the link on this page and the app should launch. You don't need to be a registered user of Zoom to use it.

If you are on a laptop/computer, click on the link and you will get a pop-up that asks you download a program. Download it and install. You don't need to be a registered user of Zoom to use it.

The session is free but if you like our sessions and want to contribute to our operating expenses please make a small donation to:
Paypal: https://paypal.me/fihanafiah
OR
message me if you prefer to use the standard bank transfer method.

Fi
Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/melbourneukulelecommunity/

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