Event: Chautauqua Festival Ukulele Workshop with Gary Glewinski

Join the ukulele community Friday, August 18 for a free event!

Gary Glewinski will lead a beginner workshop at 1 P. M. (kids and youth welcomed) and a group playalong at 2 P. M.

Chautauqua Festival Workshop

  • WHEN      Friday, August 18, 2017, Beginners Workshop: 1:00 P. M.  Ukulele Community 2:00 P. M.
  • WHERE    Chautauqua Tent: Strathcona County Community Centre Parking Lot
    401 Festival Ln, Sherwood Park, AB
  • REGISTRATION   Free of cost! Drop in.

If you enjoyed (or missed out on Gary’s workshops at the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, be sure to come on out to Sherwood Park to join in. For those coming at 2:00, please bring a stand and your yellow Beloff book.


Group Lessons for Beginners

Welcome to all the new folks who have come to check out the circle!

Sooo, several of the new players have asked about group lessons. You are in luck, as our friend Ron Mercer is offering a series through Strathcona County starting January 19, 2017 through March 9.

If you’re looking for one-on-one instruction instead, let us know, as we can help connect you with a teacher.

Read on for more information!

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Let’s learn Pachelbel’s Canon! (Easy)

Here’s a very simple three-part ukulele performance tab for a short version of Pachelbel’s Canon in D (The tab’s in ukulele-friendly C, though). Want to learn it to play at Cafe Blackbird?

Haha, just kidding. Ours is MUCH easier. If you’re not sure about playing ukulele tabs, don’t worry. It is very simple to learn. Click through for printable music and a tab guide!

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Playalong – I’ve Got A Feeling I’m Falling (1929)

If you’ve seen Sita Sings The Blues, you’ve heard Annette Hanshaw.

This tune has a nice minor and 7th progression that is fun to play along to. The video is (technically) in the same key as the chart, but just a little off speed, so… ehh. I played it and had fun anyway.

I’ve Got A Feeling I’m FallingAnnette Hanshaw

Playalong lyrics and chords below.

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Playalong – Log Driver’s Waltz in Nashville Numbers

You may run across a kind of notation called the Nashville Number System, especially if you find yourself in the woods with some bluegrass players. They may appear instead of traditional chord letter names on a sheet of paper with song lyrics, or they might be hollered or signaled using fingers.

Do you know how to read Nashville numbers? (It’s interesting that Nashville names it. Jazz people have been doing it for decades, you dig.)

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Let’s learn Danse Macabre!

This is my favourite Halloween music. I remember watching TV in the crunchy yellow of an October afternoon, waiting to get ready to go out with my plastic pumpkin, but mostly waiting for my scary music to come on. It always did.

I’ve found a very nice three-part ukulele performance score for a short version of it. Want to learn it to play at Cafe Blackbird before Halloween? I think we could be great. Come on, what are you afraid of?

Oh. Skeletons? Oh. Well. You have a point, probably.

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Our Friend in the Ukulele world, Ron has this proposal:

ON:   October 15 and 16   2016

AT:   Camp He Ho Ha, about 45 minutes west of Edmonton just off HWY 16

WHAT:   A Ukulele music camp will convene ….Along with a group of Bluegrass players who would convene for their annual music camp at the same time and place.

WHO: The Bluegrass society will bring    RALPH SHAW   noted Canadian Ukulele master and teacher, to the camp to perform, and teach Ukulele classes Saturday and again Sunday.

YOU:  Stay the night and play our ukus     with everyone in a big evening jam.

They will feed us wonderful meals.

It would cost $149.00 each.


REGISTER NOW   http://www.ukulelejamcamp.com


Already many registered.. no limit bring a friend!!! Check you the camp at Camp he ho has website.  clean modern and perfect spot for a ukulele get away….


SO: DO YOU WANT TO JOIN US?? CALL RON 780 488 5256 if you need more details.