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

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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 (4)

Prince songs! (ukulele session)

Flemington Kensington RSL

It's been 4 years since Prince died (April 2016) so let's play some of his classics: Little Red Corvette Kiss Purple Rain Raspberry Beret When Doves Cry If you are a complete beginner, don't worry. We always play a few simple songs at every session. I guarantee you will be able to play at least two songs by the end of the session :) What to bring Please bring your own ukulele. If you can't find one in time, I have three 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. You are welcome to bring a friend or two. Please indicate how many when you RSVP. 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. (Click to see a detailed walking map ()). 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. How we conduct our sessions For the first 30 minutes we usually play very easy songs which are suitable for beginners (even complete beginners), and serve as a warm-up for more experienced players. Beginners, try to attend this part of the session, it's the most important bit for you! The next 30 minutes is usually devoted to learning new songs, according to the theme of week. The last 45 minutes is spent playing songs that participants pick from a list. 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/

Ukulele In The Park! (last outdoor session)

Kensington Railway Station

Hi folks, summer is slipping away so this is the last chance to strum & sing outdoors! For the first 45 minutes, we will play very easy songs (2 chords). If you are a beginner, this part is particularly suitable for you! I've taught hundreds of complete beginners and I guarantee you can play at least a song or two :) For the final 45 minutes, we shall attempt slightly harder songs that have 3 or 4 chords. In total, you will get to learn/experience at least 15 songs. Venue: Meet at the tiny park beside Kensington Railway Station and bordered by Rankins Road and Eastwood Street. We will play under the shade of two gum trees. What to bring: Please bring your own ukulele or borrow one. I have three spare ukuleles that you can borrow for this meetup. You can reserve them by leaving a comment in the comments section below. Bring a mat, hat, sunscreen, food and drinks. Bring a folding chair if you don't want to sit on the ground for a long time. If you're a first timer and feel a bit nervous, please feel free to bring a friend or two. Just indicate how many when you RSVP. If you don't want to play but just want to enjoy the music (or sing), come along too! This is also a child-friendly session :) Cost? It's free! However, some of you suggested to make available a donation box so I will bring one this time. How to Get There: Train - From the city, catch a Craigieburn Line train and get off at Kensington Station, which is 2 stops from Southern Cross Station or 1 stop from North Melbourne Station. Be careful you don't take the wrong line to SOUTH Kensington Station which is 900 metres away. Driving - park at Eastwood St beside the railway line. Bus - Take bus 402 (towards Footscray) to Macaulay Road. Get off when you go past Kensington Station. The bus stop is near Australia Post (There is a Foodworks opposite Australia Post). Tram - Take tram 57 from the city. Stop at Racecourse Road (outside Woolworths) and walk down Eastwood St (about 700 metres). Other reminders: If you can't attend at the last minute, please change your RSVP or send a message via the Meetup app. Please keep the park litter-free and help to clean up at the end of the session. Children and young people under 18 must have accompanying adults. cheers, Fi

ABBA songs! (ukulele session)

Flemington Kensington RSL

Did you ABBA made a movie documentary about their time in Australia? It was released in 1977. Let's play some of their hits tonight: Mamma Mia Dancing Queen I Have A Dream Take A Chance Super Trouper Knowing Me Knowing you Fernando Lay All Your Love On Me The Winner Takes It All If you are a complete beginner, don't worry. We always play a few simple songs at every session. I guarantee you will be able to play at least two songs by the end of the session :) What to bring Please bring your own ukulele. If you can't find one in time, I have three 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. You are welcome to bring a friend or two. Please indicate how many when you RSVP. 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. (Click to see a detailed walking map ()). 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. How we conduct our sessions For the first 30 minutes we usually play very easy songs which are suitable for beginners (even complete beginners), and serve as a warm-up for more experienced players. Beginners, try to attend this part of the session, it's the most important bit for you! The next 30 minutes is usually devoted to learning new songs, according to the theme of week. The last 45 minutes is spent playing songs that participants pick from a list. 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/

Irish songs! (ukulele session celebrating St Patrick's Day)

Flemington Kensington RSL

St Patrick's day is around the corner so let's play Irish-themed songs or songs by Irish bands/musicians. Possible playlist: The Dubliners - Whiskey In The Jar, Molly Malone, The Irish Rover, The Wild Rover Sharon Shannon & Mundy - The Galway Girl The Pogues - Dirty Old Town U2 - With Or Without You, One, Where The Streets Have No Name, Pride, Sunday Bloody Sunday Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl The Cranberries - Zombie, Dreams The Corrs - So Young Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars Traditional - Danny Boy If you are a complete beginner, don't worry. We always play a few simple songs at every session. I guarantee you will be able to play at least two songs by the end of the session :) What to bring Please bring your own ukulele. If you can't find one in time, I have three 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. You are welcome to bring a friend or two. Please indicate how many when you RSVP. 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. How we conduct our sessions For the first 30 minutes we usually play very easy songs which are suitable for beginners (even complete beginners), and serve as a warm-up for more experienced players. Beginners, try to attend this part of the session, it's the most important bit for you! The next 30 minutes is usually devoted to learning new songs, according to the theme of week. The last 45 minutes is spent playing songs that participants pick from a list. 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/

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Elton John songs! (ukulele session)

Flemington Kensington RSL

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