Mullum Uke Club now… an Orchestra

Mullum Uke Club at the Mullum Ex-services club has been in existence since June 2012. It has been like the petri dish for the Northern Rivers Uke experiment… where the policy and format has been moulded to create the most enjoyable and fulfilling outcome for a bunch of ukesters. Now, after many format changes, we have settle on becoming a performance group like the Bangalow chapter. Therefore our aim is to learn 3 songs per month (may end up being two), with out music so they can be performed as a troupe or orchestra at the monthly Uke Night at the Courthouse hotel. The first performance of a 5 piece group is this Thursday night, 28th of November 2013.

Ocean Shores Week Four

Present were regulars Gisella, Margrette, Pamela, and 3 first timers; Rae, Cathy and our first male ukester, Jeff. The 3 regulars spent some time outside practising the new Hawaiian triplet strums as the newbies went through some basics. By the end of the session we were all playing Jamaica Farewell together quite confidentially. Well done all, thanks to the regulars for your patience as the newbies learned. Looking forward to regrouping in the new year and really getting in to the swing first week in Feb. Thanks for all your efforts and attendance so far and… Merry Christmas!!!

Below is a version of Lovely Hula Hands to play along with.

Ocean Shores Week Three

On the third week of the Ocean Shores uke orchestra experiment we had present, Ann, Gisella, Margrette, Janette, and Faye. We played the tunes we have been practising… You Are My Sunshine, Jamaica Farewell… then looked at the MMF Parade tunes. We also, in passing mucked around with some of the Hawaiian tunes that the Bangalow chapter have been rehearsing. It was soon revealed that Gisella and Margrette were keen. There we have it. Till next week

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).

9.10.2013

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.