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Classical Pieces! (ukulele session)
This week, we'll strum along to western classical pieces such as: Fur Elise - Beethoven Canon in D - Pachelbel Minuet in G - Bach Ode To Joy - Beethoven Eine Klein Nachtmusik - Mozart Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - folk tune re-arranged by Mozart We will do a bit of fingerpicking but we won't spend too much time practising that. Instead i'll give you the tabs after the session for your own practice. 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. 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/

Flemington Kensington RSL

25-27 Rankins Road, Kensington, VIC 3031 · Melbourne

What we're about

This group is for ukulele beginners who want to strum and sing along with their ukuleles. Every week, we learn two or three new songs that are well-known and easy for beginners to play. 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.

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/

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