Ocean Shores Week Two

Present today were: Pamela, Denise, Marette, Gisela, Faye, Ann, Janette and Linda. We recapped last weeks session and recorded a version of ‘You Are My Sunshine’ with melody and harmony parts. Then looked at ‘Jackson’which sounded pretty good from the get go. We also learned about the chuck stroke or the mute stroke. We agreed to meet each Monday in November then have a break to resume perhaps Mid January or Feb. Well done everyone. Starting to take shape nicely.

I would like to mention that the time we have together is limited each week, and to make the most of it, try to refrain from social chatting till after the session is finished. I guess we could add 5 minutes so we could have a half time and get it out of our system. Please make time to practice … even if it’s 5 minutes a day. Great things can come from a little bit of concentrated effort.

Ocean Shores Chapter Begins

Today was the first meeting of the Ocean Shores chapter of the Northern Rivers Uke Orchestra. Thanks for showing up today (from left to right): Pamela, Denise, Ann, Belle, Gisela, Faye and Janette.

Download the sheet music in the sidebar to the right. The pace was for beginners and we were rolling along nicely towards the end of the session. There will be some practice required so I have made some clips for you.

Here’s the C major scale:

Here’s one for You Are My Sunshine:

16.10.13 Mullum Music Festival

Tonight we played the tunes most likely to appear on the set list for the Mullum Music Festival. Though we didn’t get to ‘Heart Shaped Tattoo’ or ‘Apache’. All will be revealed very soon. Condolences to our lovely Bettina who has lost two loved ones so close together. It’s testament to what a strong and wonderful person she is that she turned up tonight as gave as she always does. We love you. We all have stuff going on in our lives and I hope our get togethers offer some respite when times get tough. Thinking of you too Al… all of us. We are the NRUO!!! Together forever… (unless we win the lotto, then we need to talk).


Tonight we ran some of the old set numbers to warm up, then re-visited the hula numbers for the Mullum Music Festival that we began last week. The method for learning the songs now is no charts to begin with. It helps one be more present in the music I believe. After a few runs through, the charts are handed out. I do hope you will not rely on them, as we are doing 3 flash mob performances at the festival and lugging music stands around would a pain and it interferes with interaction.

We started work on the final of the 4 Hula tunes, ‘Lovely Hula Hands’ and had a crack at a few ditties in the last 15 minutes including ‘Paper Moon’. I am always conscious of keeping a healthy balance between focused practice and having a bit of fun. I do hope I get it right. Please speak up if your needs are not being met.

Thanks for your hard work. Sincerely Stu.

NRUO 28.08.13

Tonight was about consolidating the performance tunes for Spruke. Twas a great night of focus and fun. We made a few arrangement decisions and I believe we are in pretty good shape. Apart from the first recording of the somewhat controversial Butterfly Tree… This is my proposed running order for the performance. Please do comment. Thanks for your continued enthusiasm and dedication. Take care Al in this very tumultuous time. Looking forward to the big jam at Terry’s on Saturday September 14. (orchestra only). Many Thanks, STU

21.8.13… Sprukers Full Moon

It was a pretty full moon tonight and the animals were out to play… The 9 mainstays were in attendance… including Christine, Patsy, Alexis, Bettina, Jeanti, Al, Terry, Pete and Stu… this would appear to be the SPRUKERS! Tonight was a break through to me as we tried something a little bit daring with the segue from one tune to the next… this kind of thinking is exactly what I had hoped for when we began 14 months ago. Thank you all for your enthusiasm and commitment to greatness!!!! We need to talk about a weekend get together / rehearsal and perhaps talk car pooling to get to Brissie on Saturday Sept 21.

We Uke… We ROCK!!!

NRUO 14.8.2013

Tonight was about more preparation for our performance at Spruke. As Terrence has just become a grandfather again (Yay!) he was away, as was Jeanti, Bettina and Jan. Though Brad and Pete and Rob were there to fill the ranks and we soldiered on and had fun getting our stuff together and even tinkered with a new song by the Lumineers. (Thanks Kylie from MPS). Great night and well done every one for your focus. I just want to Say Christine you bring a lot of light and major congrats to Patsy, proud owner of a lovely new Maton Soprano thanks to the Cairns Ukulele Festival Facebook comp.