Uke Jams’ World Tour visits Ukulele Fridays in Sacramento

This Friday I visited Ukulele Fridays at the Hart Senior Center in Sacramento. John and Dianne from the Roseville/Lincoln area were also attending for the first time, a happy coincidence. Stacy, who runs the Orangevale Strutters, was also there. Ukulele joy and happiness are taking over the world! Resistance is futile.

You can find details about Ukulele Fridays on the Clubs page of UkeJams. Debi and Mary run a great event. Welcoming, warm, open to new music, just a great vibe. Check it out if you have a chance. Two hour parking was both free and easy to find on the street. You may want to connect via email (again, see the club page for details) since there are a handful of weeks during the year that they do not meet.

This is one I will definitely be attending again. And no, Sacramento and Lincoln do not require passports to visit! It is a scant 35 minutes between the two, and this was at 2 in the afternoon on a Friday on the way home!!! So if you’re in the Western Placer area, check out Ukulele Fridays. And if you’re in the Sacramento area, be sure to come on out to Lincoln on Sundays. Details….you guessed it….on the clubs page!

Four new Song Charts Drop

Four songs today: a couple from the 70s, one from the 2000s, and one from the 80s that has a cover version that hit #1 just this month!

First up we have Africa from Toto. The cover version by Weezer hit #1 on the Alternative charts this month! Next from 2005 is Green Day's When September Ends.

From the 70s we have Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds with Don't Pull Your Love, and finally a song that I think should be near the top of every uke group's playlist, yet I've never heard anyone play it! On and On by Stephen Bishop. It's got a laid back island groove, it's got Jamaica, it's got beautiful people...what more do you want?!?

Let me know which is your favorite!

Ever wanted to try a U-Bass? Here’s your chance!

Every once in a while you must let one of your children go. That time has come for me. I would rather my Kala U-Bass makes beautiful music under your fingers than collects dust on my wall!

I haven't put in the time required to do much more than 1-5-1-5 accompaniment to any song, and since I now spend much of my playing time leading, I've decided it is time to find a new home for my U-Bass.

I have the acoustic Kala-Ubass-2-FS, which is the solid spuce top model seen in this Youtube video. It is currently available at various outlets online for $449. There are cheaper models out there, but they don't have the solid spruce top, and if you're going for the acoustic model, why wouldn't you go for solid spruce? It includes a Kala soft-sided UBass bag. I will also throw in a VOX AP2-BS, which is a little $40 amp you connect between your Ubass and a set of headphones. It includes built in rhythm tracks and effects, and you can learn all about that here.

If anyone is interested, let me know!

New Song Chart: I and Love and You

Normally I wait until I have a batch of songs to upload before posting, but this song is both lovely and entirely unusual, so I couldn't wait. The song is I and Love and You by the Avett Brothers.

I have a challenge for you!  Before you look at the PDF on the Songs page, follow the link above to the YouTube video. Listen to the first two lines of the song and see if you can figure out the time signature. Is it 4/4, 3/4, or 2/4, or something entirely different?

Go ahead....I'll wait.....

.....no, seriously....

The song is so unusual that I had to invent a new method of representing the timing on the chart. The time signature changes almost every measure! 3/4, then 4/4, then 3/4, then 2/4, then 4/4. Who does that?!?

Check it out. Whatever they did, it worked. This is a lovely, lovely song.