15 April 2018
Well, last Wednesday was indeed sparsely attended. Initially just three of us – Yasmin, Kevin and me, and later Andrew turned up.
Yasmin is coming along well in her Penny Whistle lessons given by Kevin
But something odd, and as it happened, very good occurred – we started playing 'Four Strong Winds', and without anyone saying so, we all started finger-picking.
Nothing really startling there, but first, a short digression on musical notation.
Have you ever wondered why the note C when played on, say a soprano ukulele and on a piano sound simultaneously the same yet very different in many ways?
I feel sure that you do, but for those that do not, it is because different instruments produce the dominant frequency of the note C (or any other note) and that is why they are 'in tune' and sound the 'same'. But they also produce many other frequencies depending upon how they are constructed.
And that is why different 'in tune' instruments also sound different to each other
Now, there were three of us playing (at that point Yasmin had left, accusingly clutching her purse), and Kevin was playing a Soprano ukulele, Andrew a Tenor and me a Baritone. So as we finger-picked the chords the different sounds of the instruments mingled and produced a very musical effect. But something else was going on as well.
You see, there is no fixed way of finger-picking a ukulele, so we were finger-picking the same chords but in different patterns. Thus one of us might be simultaneously picking the highest note of a chord, another the lowest, and a third somewhere in between.
The effect was startling! It sounded as if the person picking the highest note was harmonising with the people picking a lower notes. I have never played the ukulele with such joy and satisfaction! We were making beautiful music!
Sandra did not attend – she had to attend a funeral. Steve of course is drinking liquor from his fruit jar in Louisiana.
I wonder if Tracey will come again?
Poor old Angela could not attend because she was feeling poorly. W certainly miss her contribution when she is absent.
She has knee problems and had to have an injection to lessen the pain
I expect it is because of a surfeit of praying. It is a little known fact that 67.4% of the Irish population suffer from knee problems.
Too much praying you see.
I should know, I am a quarter Irish meself (with a name like McGuiggan, you'd hardly be Spanish now, would you?) and I used to suffer knee problems terribly Then one Easter I gave up praying for Lent , and bingo! No more knee troubles!
Get well soon dear Angela!
No further news yet on our re-location – Yasmin thinks there is a good chance with the 'Weighbridge Inn' – but Kevin thinks the sale of the 'Old Cottage Tavern' might have fallen through so we may have reprieve. Mind you if attendances like last Wednesday continue, a broom cupboard would suffice!
Andrew introduced two new songs – and here they are – I have given them in two different keys to see which one is best for us
sweet baby james C
sweet baby james D
hotel california Am
hotel california Em
7 April 2018Well, an excellent meeting last Wednesday evening, only six of us there, but did we play well!
Ask the young and lovely Angela! Once more she sang the whole of 'The Galway Shawl', Solo!
An enchanting performance accompanied by the plangent tonality of Kevin's whistle. Lovely
She deservedly was acclaimed by the enthusiastic applause of the gathered multitude (all five of us!)
It will not be long before Angela barges in and elbows the performers away from the Folk Night mike to trill to and thrill her rapt audience!
Who else was there you might (or might not) ask?
Well Sandra sent her apologies as she had family business to attend to - she hopes to be there next week. But Steve, Kevin and me were there, as was Yasmin - lovely to see her, and always cheerful Andrew turned up later
We rattled through some lovely songs - we really do some songs exceptionally well
Yasmin disappointed us somewhat.
Bit of a story.
The previou week Yasmin left her purse behind , you see.
Those of us that found it discussed what we should do - should we contact Yasmin and return her purse, or alternatively shoud we order a stretch limousine and go clubbing in Derby on the content of her purse? Someone in our group must be a committed Christian (perhaps the one that always wants to play Plastic Jesus), because we decided to return her purse to Yasmin
But our hopes were high of getting a REWARD for our good deed, but Yasmin sauntered in on Wednesday without any mention of a reward!
The other Angela is interested in coming again so we look forward to her return
Steve will be missing until May as he is going to Louisiana to sing cajun and blue-grass- Steve is really an accoplished musician
We look forward to Steve's return and tales of liquor fruit jars
Hope to see y'all there Next wednesday!
2 April 2018Bit late writing this again, what with Easter 'n'all - to THSH on Good Friday to see St Matthews Passion - not a ukulele in sight - a grave omission by Mr Bach! Family over for lunch on Easter Sunday ,so a busy weekend
Seven of us attended last Wednesday's meeting. Nice to see Tracey back, and Yasmin has reappeared after a short absence; great to see that she is well. Andrew also turned up - his cheery personality is always welcome; Angela turned up a little late from her photography club - she adds something to our music, don't quite know what it is, but we always play better when she is with us. Then there was the Old Faithfuls- Steve, Kevin and me.
Tracey threw us a little by saking for 'I Want To Marry a lighthouse Keeper' a song that we have in our collection, but never have performed - it seemed that only Tracey actually knew the song which was abandoned after a few tortuous attempts
Angela bravely sang solo the song 'The Galway Shawl', and very nice it was too, accompanied by Kevin beautifully playing his whistle- indeed Kevin played this rather long song twice on his whistle
A very good evening it was - I enjoyed it thoroughly
Look forward to seeing you al on Wednesday
25 March 2018I am writing this a little bit late this week, due to me being very busy buying a car for my Grandson's birthday - he is 18 in May, but has recently passed his test so the present was futured. He was overjoyed in his understated cool way
Anyway - good meeting last Wednesday even tho' only five attended. Good to see Sandra and Angela there, along with the Old (certainly not young!) Faithfuls, Kevin, Steve and me, Yasmin was mising for the econd week - I do hope she is OK
Sandra enjoyed 'Eight days a week' so much that we later played it again - most unusual occurence!
We had a good bash at 'Galway Girl' with one of our members clumsily playing the tambourine - just another way of ruining a perfectly good song - however the uke players more than compensated for his bashing blunderings!
Kevin had a dicky chest so he spluttered his way through 'The Galway Shawl' on the whistle - he normally plays that so beautifully - this week we played it in F rather than G - not so demanding on the vocal chords
Kevin informed us that he has got provisional agreement for us to use a room in the Cooper's Arms pub when the current venue closes. This may mean that we move our meetings fro a Wednesday to a Thursday. More on that as we get nearer the date
Here are all our songs for your convenience if you want to selectively download some - there are far too many - I must cul the list sometime
Burton Ukulele Group All Songs
Hope to see you all next Wednesday
15 March 2018Six people attended last night's meeting. One of those was Sandra a welcome new addition to our group. Welcome Sandra! Sandra claimed to be a novice, yet it transpired that she knew just as many chords as anyone else in the group, and she simply needs more prctice in chnging chords and knowing where they are without looking. She happily and quite fluently joined in all the songs we attempted
Good to see Angela back adding dynamism to our playing. Andrew turned up too - always a pleasure to see Andrew, and Steve, the old faithful was there again
Tracey could not attend but will join us in 2 weeks time. She says she has improved after practicing so I have offered her a solo spot when she next attends😁
I provided a new screen for the projector but it was some time before anyone even noticed😢! Mind you, Angela did notice that the images were no longer yellow - I had also replaced a faulty VGA cable
Kevin once more played the 'Galway shawl' on his penny whistle - what a hauntingly plangent tone his whistle lends to that song - a lovely song beautifully played by Kevin
Kevin also presented a new song - in his normal high-tech fashion, that is a sort of photo-copy with his handwritten chords added 😁- that is not a problem really as I can just scan it in and add it to our song collection
The song is 'I Will', but unfortunately it fell a bit flat, so istead of copying Kevin's offering I have looked around and found versions in 2 keys that may make it more attractive to us. Here they are for downloding if you want to practice them:
I Will C
I Will G
And here is the writer of the song singing it - the henna-haired-soppy-date Beatle, Paul McCartney, quite a nice song if someone else sings it!
Kevin is looking for an alternative venue for when this one is re-developed
10 March 2018Five of us attended this week's much warmer meeting, Steve, Kevin, Yasmin, myself and the welcome return of the lovely Angela; she certainly adds something to our music making when she attends. Yasmin's husband also attended but took no part in the proceeding except for his tales of smuggling cats into hotels! For his benefit we sang 'the song what Kevin wrote' for Yasmin about her cat - a very nice little song too. Yasmin's Penny Whistle lesson conducted by Kevin went well - her scales are coming along qute fluently
We have two newly interested people David and Sandra, so we look forward to welcoming them if they decide to attend
We did 'Maggie May' for the first time and it was not too bad! Our rendition of 'Galway Girl' is now rather good, that C5 chord drones along, and we had tambourine accompaniment this week!
Our favourites, 'Will you love me tomorrow', 'Killing me softly with his song', 'Love Hurts, 'Galway shawl' were played amongst mny others, and as Angela had her banjolele, we did 'Wayfaring Stranger'
A good session all round really
Don't forget folks, it is YOU who picks the song, so why not decide the songs you want to play before coming to the meeting?
It appears as if we have only 8 weeks or so of meetings in this location before the pub closes for redevelopment. Kevin is scouting around trying to find an alternative venue. Thank's Kevin, you really are keeping this Group going!
If you have a song you wish to be included simply email me a copy of it, firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will put it on the iPad for projection
Hope to see y'all next Wedmnesday same time, same place!
3 March 2018Well the meeting on Wednesday 28 Februaru was brrr..udy cold!
Four intrepid ukuleleists turned up, Yasmin, Tracey, Kevi and me, and we played splendid vibrato parts, our hands trembled so in the cold! Fingerpicking was not so good as our fingers kept sticking on the ice-cold strings!
But we played and had some fun - it turns out Yasmin was bit of a Honkey-Tonker in her youth, shimmying through the Saloons with alluring eyes, so she enjoyed playing 'Honkey-Tonk Woman' as did we all.
'Down in The Sally Gardens' is a lovely song and we duly did it a great injustice! But we will improve
Kevin gave some learned instruction on the Ukulele to Yasmin and Tracey
We all packed up early it was so cold
Jessica the lovely bar lady has offered us the next-door bar room to play in; this is heated by two radiators and is always warm, so next Wednesday, if it is cold, we will meet there
Hope to seey'all there!
27 februarary 2018Weather, you like it or not, tomorrow will be bloody cold!
However, Kevin will be there, I will be there, I hope that you will be there too!
23 Feb 2018A new ukeist to our small group - Tracey.
Tracey has only been playing the ukulele for some 4 weeks or so. but is already quite adept on the main chords, so she should advance rapidly under Kevin's guidance
A good session last Wednesday - those songs that we have ben consistently playing are now quite satisfying to play - we perform them quite well
A couple of modified songs for downloading:
And here are all the songs in our collection for downloading if you wish ( the older links may become invalid whe the list is modified)
Hope to see you all next Wednesday!
15 Feb 2018The weather was horribke last night, cold, howling wind and icy rain. So I was happy when five people turned up.
Angela was absent, so no photos of or members striking artistic poses perhaps next week. Yasmin wa there - last week she had to work on Wednesday night, so good to see you again Yasmin. Steve was there , reliable as ever, and it was nice to see Andrew turn up again
We had a bash at Andrew's 'San Freansisco Bay Blues' - it is coming long quite nicely
We tried 'The Galway Shawl' in the key of G and it ws splendid! Kevin payed his whistle with great poignancy- so I think we will keep at it in G - and Kevin retains his post as Lead Whistle for as long as he does not forget to bring his whistle
Kevin also cracked that rapidly-rising C in the second line of the chorus of 'In The salley Gardens', so I think that wll become one of our staples
13 Feb 2018Well, attendance seems to be in decline - I was off sick two weeks ago, and last week there were only three of us. One of those three is the lovely Angela - welcome back Angela!
I though we would experiment with 'The Galway Shawl' in the key of G - if we don't like it we can revert to F!
Here it is for downloading
and here is a group singing it in G
Also introduced at the last meeting was one of
Dylan's nonsense songs 'Under the Apple Sucking Tree' (he does quite a few of
these nonsense songs - some of them are fun)
Here it is for download:
Under the Apple Sucking Tree
Also introduced at the last meeting was one of Dylan's nonsense songs 'Under the Apple Sucking Tree' (he does quite a few of these nonsense songs - some of them are fun)
Here it is for download:
Under the Apple Sucking Tree
and here is someone-or-other singing it (it seems that the real Dylan singing on youtube is banned for copyright reasons)
25 Jan 2018
Well the usual stalwart four were there last night, and we produced some good music, I was particularly impressed with our rendition of 'Country Roads' - the instrumental sections were good
An amusing rendition of 'Paint it Black' at Yamin's request
'The Galway Shawl' was not so good, hindered as it was by Kevin forgetting to bring his whistle!
For goodness sake Kevin, I bet the lead flautist of the CBSO doesn't forget his flute! Any more of this backsliding, Kevin, and I will convene an Extraordinary General Meeting to demand your demotion as lead Whistleist!
OK, OK, there is a slight problem in that no-one else plays the whistle, but there is no room for complacency!
More experimentation with 'Down By The Sally Gardens' a lovely song, but difficult with a C suddenly rising by an octave. As usual, Kevin found the key (very punny - ed.) to unlocking the problem!
Angela is now a proper certified photographer, wth a correspondingly professional disdain for the 'auto' button and she has accepted me as her agent in poducing phtographs of the Group for inclusion on this site.
Well done , Angela!
We look forward to your returning artistry next week
A new song was introduced, nice, but requires more work, you can download it here:
Here Nana Mouskouri sings it rather nicely, tho' not as nicely as Kevin perhaps, and with a distinct Greek accent. The cover looks like a a bit like a collier off Whitby - she should probably be singing 'blow the wind northerly' if that is so, but pedants are not normally welcomed ('cept by me)
17 Jan 2018
As Mystic Meg says, is there anybody there?Another poorly attended session - just Steve , Yasmin, Kevin and me
Just in case anyone is reading this, here are all the songs for downloading (they are elsewhere on this blog, but placed here for your convenience)
15 JAN 2018
12 JAN 2018
Apologies to Angela for omitting her name from the member list!
Angela is a valued member who always improves our performances when she is here and by Geoge, do they need imrproving!
11 JAN 2018
FREE UKULELE LESSONS!
GOT A NEW UKE?
STRUGGLING TO GET A TUNE OUT OF IT?
COME TO THE OLD COTTAGE TAVERN BYRKLEY ST. AT 7.30PM WEDNESDAY FOR FREE TUITION FOR A HALF-HOUR BY KEVIN
THIS IS FOLLOWED BY A HALF-HOUR OF 2/3 CHORD SIMPE SONGS WITH EVERYONE
11 Jan 2018Well , we met, not many, but, we experimented with a couple of 'difficult' songs, 'Down the Sally gardens', 'Caledonia', 'San Francisco bay blues' with some success, particularly Kevin on the whistle in 'Sally Gardens'
We are becoming quite proficient at 'Galway Girl' with that strange whining chord C5
See you all next week hopefully
9 January 2018
Well, Kevin asked me to find an Irish song about the Innish Isles and indeed I did find one, but it sounded nothing like the one Kevin played, so I will leae it for a whle
Meanwhile I found a nice Irish song - 'Down The Sally Gardens'
Here it is sung divinely by Andreas Scholl
And here are the lyrics and chords to try it tomorrow